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Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
On February 24, Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine, aiming to liberate the Donbass region where the people's republics of Donetsk and Lugansk had been living under regular attacks from Kiev's forces.

MoD: Shoigu Briefs Putin on Liberation of Lugansk People's Republic

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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Russian President Vladimir Putin  - Sputnik International, 1920, 03.07.2022
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The news comes amid reports of Russian troops entering Lisichansk – the last major city in the Lugansk People's Republic under Ukrainian forces' control.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has briefed President Vladimir Putin on the complete liberation of the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR), which Moscow recognized earlier this year, from Ukrainian forces.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the LPR's liberation was completed with the fall of the city of Lisichansk, as well as several nearby towns, such as Belogorovka, Novodruzhesk, Maloryazantsevo and Belaya Gora, which are now under the control of the Russian and LPR Armed Forces. The two states' troops liberated 182 square kilometers of LPR lands from Kiev-controlled forces, the ministry added.
There were several reports that Russian forces had taken Lisichansk, the last major stronghold of Ukrainian troops in the LPR, on 2 July, with Kiev denying it despite admitting that the situation was severe. However, official confirmation arrived on 3 July.
Ukrainian troops in the city were cut off from supplies earlier this week as Russian and LPR service personnel surrounded Lisichansk.
The liberation of the LPR and Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), which had been declared within the borders of the Lugansk and Donetsk regions of Ukraine in 2014, is among the key goals of the Russian special military operation in the country. A significant portion of the DPR territory still remains under Ukraine's control.
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President Putin launched the operation on 24 February, also claiming that the demilitarization and de-Nazification of Ukraine were among his goals. The announcement of the operation followed Moscow's decision to recognize the independence of the then-self-proclaimed people's republics in Donbass after eight years of unsuccessful attempts to re-integrate them into Ukraine under the provisions of the 2015 Minsk Agreements.
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