President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukrainian troops had been withdrawn from Lysychansk. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation earlier announced the establishment of control over the territory of the so-called “LNR”.
“We protect the lives of our soldiers. We will rebuild the walls, we will recapture the land, and people must be protected most of all. And if the command of our army takes people from certain points of the front, where the enemy has the greatest fire advantage, in particular, this applies to Lisichansk, this means only one thing: we will return thanks to our tactics and the increase in the supply of modern weapons,” Zelensky said in a video message.
He added that “Ukraine does not give anything back.” “And when someone in Moscow reports something about the Lugansk region, let them remember their reports and promises before February 24, in the first days of the invasion, in the spring and now. Let them really appreciate what they have during this time and how much for it paid. Because their current reports will also go to waste, like those of that time,” the President of Ukraine said.
On the evening of the third of July, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported what Ukrainian armed forces left Lisichansk.
“In the context of the multiple superiority of Russian forces in artillery, aviation, ammunition and personnel, the continuation of the defense of the city will lead to deadly consequences. In order to save the lives of Ukrainian defenders, a decision was made to withdraw,” the General Staff said in a statement.
Before the withdrawal of troops from the city was confirmed, the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu spoke about its capture. The minister added that the entire Luhansk region is under the control of Russian troops.