The Russian Defence Minister, Sergei Shoigu, said on Friday that the conquest of the Ukrainian region of Lugansk was almost complete, writes Euronews.
“Units of the Russian armed forces, together with divisions of the People’s Militia of the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics continue to increase control over the territories of Donbas. The liberation of the Lugansk People’s Republic is almost complete”, - he said.
The claims could not be independently verified.
Shoigu also said that 1,908 Ukrainian soldiers entrenched in the Azovstal steel site in Mariupol had now surrendered.