Russia said that the risk of being surrounded led to its withdrawal of forces.
Russian officials announced on Saturday that they had pulled out of Lyman, an eastern city where Ukrainian forces had bravely resisted Russian annexation efforts on the battlefield.
In the city, a vital transportation hub that is situated in one of the four regions that Russia annexed the previous day, Ukrainian military had surrounded and imprisoned Russian forces.
According to reports from Russia’s Tass and RIA news agencies, which cited the Russian military ministry, troops were withdrawing from Lyman, a town 100 miles southeast of Kharkiv, the second-largest city in Ukraine.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, president of Ukraine, committed to continue the fight to liberate the annexation and other Russian-occupied areas.
According to Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai, 5,000 Russian forces were cut off there. According to Haidai, there was no way for Russian forces in Lyman to receive supplies.
The Ukrainian flag was hoisted outside Lyman as the Russian declaration was being made, according to images shared online by the chief of staff for the Ukrainian president’s office.
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