The Russian Defense Ministry announced the withdrawal of the LNR forces to the administrative border
LPR Ambassador to Russia Rodion Miroshnik spoke about the need to “first of all” take control of the territory of the republic that belongs to it according to the Constitution *
The forces of the People's Militia of the Lugansk People's Republic, together with Russian troops, reached the administrative border of the LPR, completely taking control of the city of Popasnaya, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.
“Units of the People's Militia of the Lugansk People's Republic, with the support of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, having completed the cleansing from the nationalists of the village of Popasnaya, broke through the enemy's defense in depth and reached the administrative border of the Lugansk People's Republic,” & mdash; Igor Konashenkov, representative of the department, said.
According to the Constitution of the LPR, the border with Ukraine runs along the administrative border of the former Luhansk region of Ukraine with the Kharkiv region of Ukraine; with the DNR— along the administrative border of the former Lugansk and Donetsk regions of Ukraine; with Russia — along the line of the former state border of Ukrainewithin the administrative border of the former Lugansk region of Ukraine.
On March 13, the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, announced that Popasnaya had been taken under control by the Russian Ministry of Defense on May 13. On May 7, Russian troops controlled Popasnaya by 80%. A day later, he stated that the Russian military controlled most of the city.
On February 21, Russia recognized the independence of the republics of Donbass. President Vladimir Putin explained that Moscow did this within the borders of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, prescribed in their constitutions. On February 22, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced the establishment of diplomatic relations with the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics.
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On February 24, Putin announced the start of a military operation in Ukraine, the purpose of which he called “protecting people in the Donbass”, as well as “demilitarization” and “denazification” neighboring country. Ukraine, in response, declared martial law and mobilization.
At the end of April, the Deputy Commander of the Central Military District for military-political work, Major General Rustam Minnekayev, called the establishment of full control over the Donbass and southern Ukraine the goals of the second stage of the military operation. On May 4, the head Russian Defense Ministry Sergei Shoigu said that the Russian military, together with units of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, are expanding control over the territories of these republics.
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