Russian troops forced out of eastern town Lyman,Ukraine

Ange Eric Hatangimana

Yannick Izabayo

Russia has withdrawn its troops from the strategic Ukrainian town of Lyman, in a move seen as a significant setback for its campaign in the east.

The retreat came amid fears thousands of soldiers would be encircled in the town, Russia’s defence ministry said. Recapturing Lyman is of strategic significance for Ukraine.

The town had been used as a logistics hub by Russia, and could give Ukrainian troops access to more territory in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Although the blue and yellow colours were flying in Lyman again, fighting was “still going on” there, President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his evening video address.However, he gave no further details.

The battlefield setback prompted the Chechen leader and hardline Moscow ally, Ramzan Kadyrov, to comment that Russia should consider using low-yield nuclear weapons in the face of such defeats.

Lyman is in Donetskone of four partially-occupied Ukrainian regions which Russia declared it was annexing on Friday. Ukraine and its Western allies have dismissed the move as an illegal land-grab.

An adviser to Ukraine’s defence minister earlier told the BBC that recent gains around Lyman – following days of intense fighting – represented a “considerable success”.

Russian fighters had been given the chance to surrender, Yurik Sak said, and would face better treatment as prisoners of war than from the Russian military leadership.

Shortly afterwards, the Kremlin said it was withdrawing its forces from the town, using its Soviet-era name of Krasnyi (Red) Lyman, acknowledging that the Ukrainians had “significant superiority in forces” in the area.

Military analysts say that Kyiv currently has momentum in the war, and it has vowed to forge ahead with a counter-offensive to reclaim all territory under occupation.

In a speech on Friday, Mr Zelensky said efforts to “liberate our entire land” would act as proof that international law could not be violated.

In other developments:

  • Details have emerged of another deadly attack on a convoy of civilians – the second announced in as many days – this time in the north-eastern Kharkiv region. The shelling on 25 September killed 24 people, including 13 children and a pregnant woman, regional head Oleg Sinegubov posted on the Telegram messaging app. Russia has not yet commented
  • The UN’s nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, has confirmed with Moscow that Russian forces detained the chief of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant – a giant facility controlled by Russian troops. The Russians were trying to force Murashov to let the nuclear power plant be handed over to Russian state nuclear agency Rosatom, according to Ukrainian officials
  • Russian firefighters are tackling a blaze at the Belbek military airbase in Crimea, where officials say a plane skidded off a runway and caught fire. In August explosions rocked Russia’s Saky military base in Crimea and Ukraine later said that it had hit the base with an air strike.
BBC map shows areas of Russian control in eastern Ukraine - as well as Ukrainian advances, including around Lyman in the Donetsk region

37 thoughts on “Russian troops forced out of eastern town Lyman,Ukraine

  1. Woah! I’m really enjoying the template/theme of this blog. It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s challenging to get that “perfect balance” between user friendliness and visual appearance. I must say you have done a very good job with this. Also, the blog loads extremely quick for me on Safari. Outstanding Blog!

  2. Hi, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i was just wondering if you get a lot of spam remarks? If so how do you stop it, any plugin or anything you can advise? I get so much lately it’s driving me mad so any assistance is very much appreciated.

  3. My brother suggested I may like this web site. He used to be totally right. This post truly made my day. You can not imagine simply how much time I had spent for this information! Thank you!

  4. What i don’t understood is actually how you’re not really much more well-liked than you might be right now. You’re very intelligent. You realize thus considerably relating to this subject, made me personally consider it from so many varied angles. Its like men and women aren’t fascinated unless it is one thing to do with Lady gaga! Your own stuffs great. Always maintain it up!

  5. Wonderful goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you are just extremely great. I really like what you have acquired here, really like what you’re saying and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still care for to keep it wise. I can’t wait to read far more from you. This is really a tremendous website.

  6. A lot of of whatever you articulate is astonishingly appropriate and it makes me wonder the reason why I hadn’t looked at this with this light previously. Your article truly did switch the light on for me as far as this particular subject goes. However there is actually one particular point I am not necessarily too comfy with so while I make an effort to reconcile that with the main theme of the issue, permit me see what the rest of your subscribers have to say.Well done.

  7. Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It actually used to be a entertainment account it. Look complex to far brought agreeable from you! By the way, how can we communicate?

  8. Hi there! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could find a captcha plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having problems finding one? Thanks a lot!

  9. I do consider all the ideas you have presented to your post. They’re really convincing and will certainly work. Nonetheless, the posts are too quick for novices. May just you please extend them a bit from subsequent time? Thank you for the post.

  10. My coder is trying to convince me to move to .net from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses. But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using Movable-type on a number of websites for about a year and am anxious about switching to another platform. I have heard great things about blogengine.net. Is there a way I can transfer all my wordpress content into it? Any help would be really appreciated!

  11. Pretty portion of content. I just stumbled upon your blog and in accession capital to say that I get in fact loved account your blog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing for your feeds and even I fulfillment you get right of entry to persistently rapidly.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *