president Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged that Kiev’s forces had withdrawn from Lysychansk in the eastern Donbas region after a crushing Russian attack, but vowed to regain control of the area using Western long-range weapons.
Russia said the capture of the city of Lysychansk less than a week after taking neighboring Sievierdonetsk gave it full control of the eastern region of Luhansk – a political victory satisfying a key Kremlin war goal. The focus on the battlefield is now shifting to the neighboring Donetsk region, where Kiev still controls parts of the territory.
“If our army commanders are withdrawing people from certain points on the front, where the enemy has the greatest advantage in firepower, and that includes Lysychansk, that only means one thing,” Zelensky said in his overnight video address.
“That thanks to our tactics we will return, thanks to the increase in the supply of modern weapons.”
Zelensky said Russia is concentrating its firepower on the Donbas front, but Ukraine would retaliate with long-range weapons such as the US-supplied HIMARS missile launchers.
“The fact that we protect the lives of our soldiers and our people plays an equally important role. We will rebuild the walls, we will reclaim the land and the people must be protected above all else,” Zelensky said.
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