Ukraine war: Putin presses on after Lysychansk capture

Headlines 16:16 05 Jul, 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his defence minister to continue the offensive in Ukraine after Russia captured the city of Lysychansk

Ukraine war: Putin presses on after Lysychansk capture

Mr Putin was shown on Russian TV calling on forces on other fronts to pursue their aims according to "previously approved plans", Qazet.az reports.

The capture means that all of Luhansk region is now in Russian hands.

Earlier the region's Ukrainian governor said the city was abandoned so Russians would not destroy it from a distance.

Soldiers have now moved to new fortified positions, Serhiy Haidai told the BBC.

Losing the city and ceding control of Luhansk to Russia was painful, he said, but added: "This is just one battle we have lost, but not the war."