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Russia withdraws troops after Ukraine encircles key city

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Posted at 3:36 PM, Oct 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-01 15:36:23-04

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia says it has withdrawn its troops from the once-occupied city of Lyman, as Ukraine’s eastern counteroffensive recaptures more territory.

Russia’s Tass and RIA news agencies, citing the Russian defense ministry, made the announcement. Lyman is 160 kilometers (100 miles) southeast of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city.

Ukrainian forces had pushed across the Oskil River as part of a counteroffensive that saw Kyiv retake vast swathes of territory beginning in September.

Lyman, a key transportation hub, had been an important site in the Russian front line for both ground communications and logistics.

Now Ukraine can push further potentially into the occupied Luhansk region, which is one of four regions that Russia annexed Friday.