The successes of the Ukrainian military are not limited to the liberation of Lyman in Donetsk Oblast, which was declared free of the enemy on Oct. 2, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address.
Zelenskyy said that the military reports to him daily about the situation at the front, and this week the largest sections of the reports are lists of the names of Ukrainian settlements liberated from Russian occupation.
“The story of the liberation of the Lyman of Donetsk Oblast is the most popular in the media right now,” Zelenskyy said. “But the successes of our warriors are not limited to Lyman.”
He said that when the Ukrainian flag returns to Ukraine’s occupied territories, Russia’s farcical “annexations by paperwork” would be forgotten – except by the Ukrainian law enforcement agencies.
“Everyone who is involved in any elements of aggression against our state will be held responsible for this,” the president said.
As of 12.30 a.m. on Oct. 2, the Armed Forces of Ukraine had completely cleared the city of Lyman in Donetsk Oblast of Russian invasion forces.
On Oct. 1, the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the Ukrainian military had liberated five settlements near Lyman, as a result of which a group of several thousand Russian soldiers became surrounded. According to the head of the Luhansk regional military administration, Serhiy Hayday, they numbered more than 5,000. The Ukrainian military soon after that confirmed that Ukrainian troops had entered the city.
By the evening of Oct 1, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the Russian troops were allegedly redeploying from Lyman "to more advantageous lines."
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine commented on the words of their Russian "colleagues" about the "successful withdrawal of troops", stating that most of the Russians who were in Lyman had been "redeployed" either into body bags or into Ukrainian captivity.
So far, there is no detailed information from the General Staff regarding enemy losses or the number of enemy prisoners captured in Lyman.