Russian forces withdraw from the town of Krasny Liman in Donetsk Oblast

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A day after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of Donetsk among three other regions of Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday that Russian troops and Donbass militias had withdrawn from the city of Krasny Liman in Donetsk Oblast amid the emerging threat. encirclement by Ukrainian forces. “Due to the emerging threat of encirclement, Allied troops withdrew from Krasny Liman settlement and deployed to more advantageous positions,” RT quoted the ministry statement.

Earlier, Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) leader Denis Pushilin said the city had been “half surrounded” by Ukrainian troops and the situation in the city was “alarming”. The Russian military said Ukrainian forces lost more than 200 soldiers, five tanks and five infantry fighting vehicles in the attack on Krasny Liman. Despite the losses, the Ukrainian command sent reserves and achieved “considerable manpower and material superiority” in the direction of the attack, RT reported.

“The Russian forces in Krasny Liman had been surrounded,” said a representative of the Ukrainian operational command “East”, Sergey Cherevaty. He also said Ukrainian troops seized five settlements near Liman, including the southeast town of Yampol, RT reported citing Ukrainian media. Russian troops and Donbass forces had occupied the town of Krasny Liman at the end of May this year. The city is located on the northern edge of the DPR, not far from the Ukrainian region of Kharkiv, which saw its eastern part captured by Ukrainian troops in early September.

On Friday, Putin officially announced the annexation of four regions – Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia and claimed that “it is the will of millions of people”, media reported. Putin has declared that the inhabitants of the four annexed regions will henceforth be the “forever citizens” of Russia.

While denying that he sought the revival of the Soviet Union through said annexation, Putin blamed Western states – which imposed sweeping sanctions on Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine. Moreover, in a strong statement, Putin also added that Russia would now defend its new territory “with all means at its disposal”.

Following Putin’s announcement, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said his country was submitting an “accelerated” application to join the NATO military alliance. “We are taking a decisive step by signing Ukraine’s request for accelerated NATO membership,” Al Jazeera quoted Zelenskyy as saying.

The annexation of Russia drew widespread criticism around the world. Western leaders condemned it, called it “illegal” and vowed they would “never recognize” these areas. The United States announced that it would impose a “swift and severe cost” on Russia.

The Biden administration official said he was “targeting other Russian government officials and leaders, their family members, Russian and Belarusian military officials and defense procurement networks, including international suppliers supporting the Russian military-industrial complex” through Treasury and Commerce Department announcements. , and State, according to CNN. That includes Treasury Department sanctions against a key player in keeping Russia’s economy afloat: Elvira Nabiullina, an economist who has headed Russia’s central bank since 2013.

Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on all states to reject Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson. “We call on all states to reject Russia’s blatant attempts at territorial conquest. These lands are Ukraine, Donetsk is Ukraine, Luhansk is Ukraine, Kherson is Ukraine, Zaporizhzhia is Ukraine, everything like Crimea is Ukraine,” he said. (ANI)

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