Commander of Georgian Legion describes liberation of key Donetsk town of Lyman

7 October 2022, 05:55 PM
Ukrainian military next to destroyed Russian armored vehicles in Lyman (Photo:REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)

Ukrainian military next to destroyed Russian armored vehicles in Lyman (Photo:REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)

Mamuka Mamulashvili, the commander of the Georgian Legion, told Radio NV in an interview on Oct. 7 about his participation in the liberation of Lyman – a town he described as the gateway to a future advance on Luhansk Oblast.

"As for Lyman, several of our special task forces participated, four of our soldiers were wounded, and more than 20 enemy personnel were killed in one battle,” Mamulashvili said on Radio NV.

“Lyman is a strategic axis, which in future opens up the opportunity of an attack on Luhansk Oblast as well. So, this generally sums it up,”

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He said Lyman was protected by mercenaries from Russia’s Wagner military company, which was ordered not to surrender it, for at Lyman rod junctions lead off in multiple directions.

“And I wouldn't say it was easy there, because the fighting was quite intense and is still going on in the outskirts,” the Georgian Legion commander said.

The Armed Forces completely cleared the city of Lyman itself of the Russian troops on Oct. 2, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said.

Serhiy Cherevaty, spokesman for Ukraine's Armed Forces' eastern division, added that during their retreat from Lyman, the invaders left behind many mines and booby traps.

Later on, Cherevaty reported that some of the occupiers had been killed, some captured, and some were able to escape encirclement in columns or small groups.

On Oct. 7, a base of the occupiers with important documentation was discovered next to the village of Yatskivka near Lyman. The Russians set it up in a private house.

Lists of prisoners and illegally arrested people were found in the building. Documents with personal data and applications from people who decided to work for the invaders in captured enterprises and organizations were seized.

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