Russian troops are engaged in heavy fighting and making their way into Ukraine`s Donetsk region. Earlier, they took control of the last two towns in neighbouring Luhansk, the regional governor of Luhansk said on Tuesday. Ukraine still controls much of Donetsk and any Russian advance would involve taking a half dozen large industrial towns.
Russia said it had taken full control of the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk on Sunday after capturing the final Ukrainian bastion of Lysychansk The region`s capture is a political victory for the Kremlin after weeks of grinding advances and shifts the battlefield focus to Donetsk region Since abandoning an assault on Kyiv, Russia has concentrated its military operation on the industrial Donbas heartland that comprises Luhansk and Donetsk regions
Russian troops have encircled the eastern Ukrainian city of Lysychansk, Ukraine`s last major stronghold in the Luhansk region. Russia said its troops had captured the villages surrounding Lysychansk, and were now fighting Ukrainian troops inside the town. Russia has focussed on driving Ukrainian forces out of Luhansk and Donetsk regions in the Donbas.