Russia claims control over the last Ukrainian stronghold in an eastern province that is key to achieving a major goal of Moscow’s grinding offensive –– now in its 131st day.
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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.
Fighting is raging for Ukraine's strategic Lysychansk as Kiev rejects a claim by Moscow-backed separatists that they have encircled the eastern city on the 129th day of the armed conflict.
Kiev says Russian missiles have killed at least 21 people in a coastal town near the port city of Odessa and also accuses Moscow of using phosphorus munitions on Snake Island on the 128th day of fighting.
The missiles slammed into an apartment building and a recreation centre in the town of Serhiivka about 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of the Black Sea port of Odessa, a strategic flashpoint in the conflict.
The Turkish president also says Ankara's efforts to arrange a meeting between Russian and Ukrainian leaders continue.
Kiev has welcomed the decision of UNESCO to recognise the borshch—that Russia also claims for its national dish—as Ukrainian cultural heritage.
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Russian forces withdraw from a strategic Black Sea island on the 127th day of fighting as US President Joe Biden announces $800 million in new weapons to help Ukraine fight off Moscow's troops.
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