The Ukrainian government estimates that at least 5,000 Russian military they are surrounded by Ukrainian national defense forces in the city of Liman, considered the gateway to the Luhansk region, partially controlled by Russian troops in eastern Ukraine.
The pro-Russian authorities had already confirmed that the military of In Lima they are under siege after a new Ukrainian operation launched in recent days.
Now the Ukrainian governor of the Luhansk region, Serhiy Haidai, has confirmed the approximate number of Russian soldiers surrounded. “They asked the command of the Russian Army to let them leave the area, but their request was rejected,” he said.
“Now they have three options: either they surrender, or they try to cross the siege, or they all die together,” declared the governor, before confirming that it is the largest contingent of Russian soldiers under siege since the beginning of the war.
The leader of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk, Denis Pushilin, already recognized the siege in the city on Friday and described the information arriving on the ground as “worrying”.
The pro-Russian leader called to “resist” against the attacks of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, which have made significant progress in the eastern zone since they began a military counteroffensive a month ago.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed this Friday the accession of the territories under his control in Donetsk, Lugansk, Jershon and Zaporiyia, in a new step to try to legitimize Russian sovereignty over militarily occupied territories.