Highlights

  • Ukrainian forces reportedly forced Russian withdrawal from Lyman
  • Lyman located 160 km southeast of Kharkiv, strategically important
  • Withdrawal a day after Putin announced annexation of some areas

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Lyman is an important transportation hub, and is located 160 km southeast of Ukraine's second-largest city Kharkiv.

In fresh embarrassment for Vladimir Putin, Russian forces were reportedly forced to withdraw from the Ukrainian city of Lyman amid a strong Ukrainian counter-offensive.

Reports said that thousands of Ukrainian soldiers surrounded Russian troops in the strategic eastern city of Lyman, forcing a Russian withdrawal on 1 October 2022.

This came just a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of 4 Ukrainian regions, making them a part of Russia. The annexation was done after a referendum which Ukraine and the West claimed was done at gunpoint.

Lyman is an important transportation hub, and is located 160 km southeast of Ukraine's second-largest city Kharkiv. It has reportedly played a key role in Russian frontline ground communication, and logistics.

Kyiv has been retaking territory since the beginning of September, and the latest victory is expected to lead to Ukrainian counter-attacks further in the occupied region of Luhansk.

Also watch: After absorbing Ukrainian regions, Putin suggests return to Ukraine talks

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