Fighting rages for key Ukrainian towns in country's eastern region of Donbass as Russia says it takes control of Lysychansk in 130th day of the conflict.
There was no immediate response from Ukraine on the Russian claim, which, if confirmed, would mark a significant milestone for Moscow since its military operations began in February.
Ukrainian forces are leaving the strategic city of Sievierodonetsk after weeks of fierce fighting, a setback that could pave the way for Russia to seize a larger swath of eastern Ukraine as the conflict enters its 122nd day.
Ukraine says its troops will "have to be withdrawn" from a mostly Russian-occupied eastern city as Moscow claims it has encircled about 2,000 Ukrainian troops in Luhansk on the 121st day of fighting.
Moscow's forces continue attacks on Ukraine amid the West’s decision to send sophisticated weapons to Kiev and bring in more stringent sanctions including on Russia’s oil, as the conflict enters its 101st day.
Russia's offensive against Ukraine enters its 100th day with no end in sight to the fighting that has killed thousands, uprooted millions and reduced cities to rubble.
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