Ukraine-Russia live news: Luhansk is Russia’s ‘last victory’

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Presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych says most of Russia’s troops are concentrated in eastern Ukraine, making their offensive in the south vulnerable to Kyiv’s forces.

  • Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says his troops have “no alternative” but to “push back and destroy the offensive potential” of Russian forces, as the battle moves from Luhansk to nearby Donetsk.
  • President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Russian troops on “liberating” the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk.
  • Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai discloses Ukrainian forces that retreated from Lysychansk are now holding the line between Bakhmut and Sloviansk, preparing to fend off a further Russian advance.
  • A Ukrainian presidential adviser claims Russia’s capture of Luhansk is its last victory on Ukraine’s territory, adding Kyiv is planning on counteroffensives in the south of the country where there are fewer Russian forces.
  • Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson has met Ukraine’s president in Kyiv, with the two parties signing a joint statement on defence and energy cooperation.