Ukraine officially retakes Lyman, Russian justice validates annexation treaties | War in Ukraine

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Ukraine officially retakes Lyman, Russian justice validates annexation treaties | War in Ukraine

Standing in front of a building in Lyman, Ukrainian soldiers document the recapture of this town from Russian troops last May.

Ukraine announced on Sunday that it had taken over the town of Lyman, in the Donetsk region annexed by Russia, as the Russian Constitutional Court ruled legal the treaties of annexation of Ukrainian territories signed by Vladimir Putin.

This announcement came in the middle of the day: As of 12:30 p.m. local time [4:30 a.m. EDT], Lyman is completely cleared [of the Russian military] . Thank you to our soldiers, welcomed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a video posted on social networks.

I am optimistic and highly motivated. I see the activity on the front line and the territories we are retaking, a 33-year-old Ukrainian soldier told AFP, posted near Lyman, in the east of Ukraine, and who goes by his nom de guerre Smoke.

On Saturday, Ukrainian soldiers entered this strategic town in the Donetsk region, whose x27;Friday's annexation by Moscow had been strongly condemned by kyiv and by the West.

Ukrainian soldiers on their position near Lyman

Anticipating this important tactical victory, Lyman being a crucial railway junction, Mr. Zelensky assured on Saturday evening that next week new Ukrainian flags will fly over the Donbass, where the Donetsk region is located.

“Until all of you solve the problem of who started it all, who started this senseless war against Ukraine, you will be killed one by one.

— Volodymyr Zelensky, referring to Vladimir Putin and addressing Russian soldiers

The loss of Lyman in the annexed Donetsk region is a major setback for the Russian army, unable at this stage to control all of the territories it occupies in Ukraine.

Despite the difficulties encountered on the ground by Russia since the start of a successful counter-offensive by kyiv in early September, the legal process of formalizing the annexation of Ukrainian regions is continuing in Moscow.

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After the signing of the annexation treaties, Friday with great fanfare in the Kremlin, by Mr. Putin and by the leaders of the separatist and occupied regions, the Russian Constitutional Court tried them on Sunday , consistent with the Constitution.

According to Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of the Duma, the deputies of the Lower House of the Russian Parliament will consider on Monday a draft law with a view to the ratification of the treaties.

Vladimir Putin announced on Friday the formalization of the annexation of Ukrainian territories by Russia.

The adoption of this text is normally planned in the wake before it goes to the Upper House of Parliament, the Council of the Federation.

The The annexation of these Ukrainian regions by Russia, however, is not recognized by the international community.

Pope Francis thus pleaded with Mr. Putin to stop the spiral of violence and death in Ukraine while deploring annexations contrary to international law.

For the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, this annexation makes it much more difficult, almost impossible, to end the war.

Russia is losing the war, it has lost it in moral and political terms, but Ukraine has not yet won, he argued, also calling on Europe to strengthen its military arsenal.< /p>

French President Emmanuel Macron, who spoke with Mr. Zelensky on Sunday, promised to work on new European sanctions against Moscow.

For their part, to strengthen the arsenal Ukrainian military and to repel Russia, Germany, Denmark and Norway announced on Sunday that they would supply kyiv with 16 armored car artillery guns, Slovak Zuzana-2s, in 2023.

The difficulties encountered for several weeks by the troops in Moscow have provoked strong reactions from the fiercest Russian warmongers.

Leader of the Russian Republic of Chechnya and Kremlin stalwart Ramzan Kadyrov, for example, on Saturday called on the Russian military to use low-power nuclear weapons in Ukraine after the Russians withdrew from Lyman.

He also attacked the nepotism existing according to him within the Russian armed forces, one of the main reasons for the military difficulties encountered for several weeks now by the troops in Moscow.

Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov

There is no place for nepotism in the army, especially in difficult times, he swore in a virulent message broadcast on social networks.

In addition, Ukraine condemned on Saturday the illegal detention of the general director of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, Igor Murachov, arrested for an as yet unknown reason on Friday by Russia, which controls the site.

In a press release, the Head of the International Agency of Atomic Energy (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, raised a serious concern.

Mr. Grossi is expected to travel to Kyiv and Moscow next week, the statement also read.

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