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The Russian army gives up tens of miles to the Ukrainian advance days after claiming annexation


Ukrainian forces advanced tens of miles into the Russian-occupied territories of Lugansk and Kherson on Monday, just days after Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed to annex the regions.

The Russian-installed chief of occupied Kherson told Russian state television that Ukrainian forces had taken control of the town of Dudchany, indicating an advance of about 25 miles in a single day, according to Reuters.

“The information is tense, let’s put it that way, because yes, in fact there was progress,” the official, Vladimir Saldo, told Russian state television.

“There is a settlement called Dudchany, right along the Dnipro River, and right there, in that region, there was a [Ukrainian] discovery. There are settlements that are occupied by Ukrainian forces,” he continued.

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Destroyed Russian armored vehicles left behind by Russian forces in Izium, Kharkiv, Ukraine on October 2, 2022. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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Destroyed Russian armored vehicles left behind by Russian forces in Izium, Kharkiv, Ukraine on October 2, 2022. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Destroyed Russian armored vehicles left behind by Russian forces in Izium, Kharkiv, Ukraine on October 2, 2022. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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Ukraine has also made significant progress in the Dontesk region, with Russian troops withdrawing from the key town of Lyman on Friday, just hours after Putin claimed to annex the region with a ceremony in Moscow.

The capture gives the Ukrainian forces the opportunity to advance further into the Luhansk region as well.

Putin held an extravagant event in Moscow to announce the annexation of the Lugansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions to Russia on Friday, declaring residents Russian citizens.

The move comes after Russia held widely criticized referendums in the regions, which found that more than 87 percent of residents in each region supported the Russian government.

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Russian representatives in the regions claimed to have garnered 87% civilian support in Kherson, 93% in Zaporizhzhia, 98% in Lugansk, and 99% in Donetsk.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) vows to strengthen Russia's military cooperation with allies at the Army 2022 International Military and Technical Forum at Patriot Park outside Moscow, Russia, on August 15, 2022.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) vows to strengthen Russia’s military cooperation with allies at the Army 2022 International Military and Technical Forum at Patriot Park outside Moscow, Russia, on August 15, 2022.
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US and NATO allies have dismissed the so-called votes as “fake referendums” designed to give Putin an excuse for annexation.

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However, Putin’s move comes amid weeks of success for the Ukrainian military, which began with an extensive counteroffensive in early September.

Putin was forced to announce a partial military mobilization last month, prompting a wave of men of military age to flee the country fearing conscription.



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