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Key eastern city of Lysychansk captured; Russian forces trying to take Donetsk Updated: 2022-07-04 19:02:10 KST

Russian forces have captured the last Ukrainian holdout in the Luhansk region, and are moving to seize the Donetsk[] region. President Zelenskyy vowed to retake the city with improved new weaponry, and emphasized that Ukraine is setting new defense lines. Kim Bo-kyoung has the latest. The last city has been taken. Lysychansk, the final Ukrainian holdout in the Luhansk region has been taken away from Ukraine's control. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Sunday local time reported to President Vladimir Putin that Russia's troops along with local separatist militia have established full control over the city. Ukraine's General Staff of the Armed Forces said via social media that Ukrainian military were forced to withdraw in order topreserve the lives of defenders. To this, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the country's withdrawal was to protect the lives of its soldiers and people, while vowing toretake the city using new, improved weaponry. [UKRAINIAN/] "If the commanders of our army recall people from certain points, where the enemy has the greatest fire advantage, in particular, this also applies to Lysychansk, it means only one thing: that we will return thanks to our tactics, thanks to the increase in the supply of modern weapons." After seizing Luhansk, Russian forces have switched their focus to capturing the Donetsk region. The city ofSloviansk has been experiencing its heaviest shelling in recent days, along with the nearby city of Kramatorsk, which was hit with three missile strikes on Sunday morning. According to the head of the Public Information and Communication Department of Donetsk region, at least six people have been killed and 15 injured. Though Russia is in control of the Luhansk region, the fall of Lysychansk is by no means the end of the fighting in Donbas. That's according to the BBC which reports that, given thatUkraine still controls large urban areas in neighboringDonetsk, thecountry is setting new defensive lines. Meanwhile, amid the ongoing war, the U.S. said that it's not Washington's role to pushUkraine to negotiate a settlement with Russia, even if the Biden administration thinks that is the right thing to do. The words of John Kirby of the United States National Security Council who confirmed that the U.S. will support Ukraine adding that it is Zelenskyy's decision. Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang News.
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