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By Lisa Desjardins, Harry Zahn, Kaisha Young
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin that Russia's troops together with members of a local separatist militia "have established full control over the city of Lysychansk,” a ministry statement said.
By Maria Grazia Murru, Francesca Ebel, Associated Press
Luhansk and neighboring Donetsk are the two provinces that make up the Donbas region, where Russia has focused its offensive since pulling back from the northern Ukraine and the capital, Kyiv, in the spring.
By Maria Grazia Murru, Associated Press
Reinforced Russian troops backed by airstrikes pummeled a portion of eastern Ukraine on Saturday, blowing up bridges and shelling apartment buildings as they fought to capture two cities that would put a contested province under Moscow's control, Ukrainian officials said.
By John Leicester, Inna Varenytsia, Andrea Rosa, Associated Press
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