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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has watched as his country's flag was hoisted above the recently recaptured city of Izium.
It was not yet clear if the Ukrainian blitz in the northeast after months of little discernible movement could signal a turning point in the nearly seven-month war.
Ukraine is claiming Monday that it took several more villages, pushing Russian troops right back to the northeastern border.
Russian forces in a "frenzied push" have seized half of the eastern Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk that is key to Moscow's efforts to quickly complete the capture of the industrial Donbas region.
Russian troops pushed farther into a key eastern Ukrainian city and fought street by street with Kyiv's forces Monday.
Ukrainian regional officials reported that Russian forces were “storming” Sievierodonetsk after trying unsuccessfully to encircle the city. The fighting knocked out power and cellphone service, and a humanitarian relief center could not operate because of the danger, the mayor said.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said the city of Lyman had been “completely liberated” by a joint force of Russian soldiers and the Kremlin-backed separatists, who have waged war in the eastern region bordering Russia for eight years.
Moscow's forces pushed to gain more ground on Friday by pounding another Ukrainian-held area where authorities say 1,500 people have died since the start of the war.
Ukrainian authorities say workers digging through the rubble of an apartment building in Mariupol found 200 bodies in the basement.
The sentencing Monday comes amid signs the Kremlin may hold trials of its own, particularly against the captured Ukrainian fighters who held out at Mariupol's steel plant.
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