Moscow-backed separatist forces in Ukraine said on Friday they had captured Lyman, a strategic town on a highway leading to key eastern cities still under Kyiv’s control.
Along with Russian troops, separatist forces have “liberated and taken full control of 220 settlements, including Krasny Liman,” the breakaway Donetsk region said on its Telegram channel, using an old name for the city.
There was no immediate confirmation from Russia or Ukraine.
Located in the north of the eastern Donetsk region, Lyman is on the way to Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, the capital of the Ukrainian-controlled part of Donetsk.
Moscow is focused in Ukraine on securing and expanding its gains in the Donbas region, near the Russian border and home to pro-Kremlin separatists, as well as on the southern coast.
Russian and Moscow-appointed officials in the southern Kherson region, which is under full control of Russian troops, and in the southeastern Zaporizhzhia region have said both regions could become part of Russia.
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