Russia says Lyman is under its full control

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The Russian Defense Ministry says the city in the Donetsk region has fallen under the full control of Russian forces.

"After the joint actions of the police units of the Donetsk People's Republic and the Russian armed forces, the city of Lyman has been completely liberated from the Ukrainian nationalists," the defense ministry said in a statement.

On Friday, Ukraine said Russia had captured most of Lyman and that its forces were advancing on Sloviansk, a city in the southwest.

Lyman is strategically important because it provides access to important railway and road bridges over the Siversky Donets River.21Media