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LIVE UPDATE Russia – Ukraine, day 57: 80% of the Lugansk region, controlled by Putin’s army


UPDATE, 10 o’clock:45: The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, has canceled the order to storm the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, where 2.00 Ukrainian soldiers are barricaded to save lives, but the blockade on the industrial area will be maintained, EFE reports.

‘I consider the proposed assault on the industrial area inappropriate. He ordered his cancellation, ‘Putin told Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in a meeting broadcast on Rossia 24 public television.

Russian military units now control 80 percent of eastern Ukraine’s Lugansk region, regional governor Serhii Haidai told Telegram last night.

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He said Rubyne and Popasna in the Lugansk region were “partially” under Russian control. There have been intense fights for weeks. The bombings have also multiplied here, Haidai added.

At the beginning of the war, on February 24, separatists in the self-proclaimed “Lugansk People’s Republic” controlled about 30 percent of the region.

An estimated 70,000 people remain in the region.

If a ceasefire is agreed on Sunday during Orthodox Easter, authorities will use this opportunity as much as possible for evacuations and aid deliveries, Haidai said.

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