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Russian forces pull out of Lyman, a key city in Ukraine’s Donetsk region

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Russian troops pull out of LymanRussia has withdrawn troops from the city of Lyman in Ukraine’s Donetsk region Saturday, one day after announcing the annexation of the area and three other regions.

Ukrainian officials said earlier that their soldiers had surrounded the city.

The Russian state-owned news agency RIA reported that the Russian Defense Ministry said its forces retreated to more advantageous lines to avoid the risk of being encircled.

The ministry said Ukraine has a significant advantage in the number of its forces and brought in reserves to continue its counteroffensive retaking territory that has been captured by Russia.

Russia has withdrawn troops from the city of Lyman in Ukraine’s Donetsk region Saturday, one day after announcing the annexation of the area and three other regions.

Ukrainian officials said earlier that their soldiers had surrounded the city.

The Russian state-owned news agency RIA reported that the Russian Defense Ministry said its forces retreated to more advantageous lines to avoid the risk of being encircled.

The ministry said Ukraine has a significant advantage in the number of its forces and brought in reserves to continue its counteroffensive retaking territory that has been captured by Russia.

Lyman has been held by Russia since May.

A video posted on Twitter by a reporter for The Kyiv Independent showed two Ukrainian soldiers tying a flag to a sign after retaking the city.

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