Saturday, October 1, 2022

Russia retreats from Lyman a day after Putin’s annexation

Russia withdrew its troops from the strategic city of Lyman in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region on Saturday, a day after President Vladimir Putin hailed the annexation of Donetsk.

The retreat, announced by the Defense Ministry in Moscow, comes as Kyiv’s counteroffensive against Russia’s invasion makes further gains and presents a big setback for Putin.

Due to “a threat of encirclement, allied troops were withdrawn” from Lyman “to more advantageous lines,” the Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday in a Telegram post.

Putin on Friday proclaimed the annexation of Donetsk along with three other regions, following referendums that Western countries declared a “sham.”

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