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Live Now: Russia claims to have taken key city of Lysychansk

 Live Now: Russia claims to have taken key city of Lysychansk 


  1. Russian and separatist forces in eastern Ukraine have taken the city of Lysychansk, Russia's defences ministry says
  2. Its defence minister has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that all of Ukraine's Luhansk region has been 'liberated'
  3. But, Ukrainian defence ministry spokesman Yuriy Sak has told the BBC that Lysychansk is not under the "full control" of Russian forces
  4. He added the situation in the city has been "very intense for quite a while now" with Russian ground forces "attacking the city non-stop"
  5. At least three people have been killed in several explosions in the Russian city of Belgorod, a regional governor says
  6. Vyacheslav Gladkov says dozens of residential buildings were damaged in the blasts. This hasn't been independently confirmed.

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