The Russian military confirmed on Saturday that it had captured the strategic city of Lyman in eastern Ukraine, on the way to two key cities still under Kiev’s control.
“Following the joint action of the Donetsk People’s Republic’s militia unit and the Russian Armed Forces, the city of Liman has been completely liberated from the hands of Ukrainian nationalists,” the defense ministry said in a statement, confirming an announcement a day earlier. Pro-Moscow separatist.
Earlier in the day, Mikhail Podoliak, Ukraine’s presidential adviser and peace negotiator, said any deal with Russia could not be trusted and that Moscow could only be stopped by force.
“Any broken deal with Russia is not worth a penny,” Mr Podoliak wrote on the Telegram messaging app. “Is it possible to negotiate with a country that always lies ugly and propaganda?”
Russia and Ukraine have blamed each other since the peace talks stalled, with the latest known face-to-face talks on March 29. Lack of progress.
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