Ukraine’s army prepares to liberate Donetsk and Luhansk as military offensive gathers pace

The Ukrainian army is preparing to dislodge Kremlin-backed separatists from Donetsk and Luhansk, the provincial capitals of two oblasts where 15 percent of Ukraine’s population lives. The Interior Ministry’s announcement that Kyiv will reassert its authority comes after the recapture by government forces of four cities across the region in recent days.

At a briefing on July 7, advisor to Ukraine’s interior minister Anton Gerashchenko outlined further plans for the government’s anti-terrorist operation and said normal life was returning to liberated Sloviansk, with all necessary services in the city set to resume in due course.


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(Photo: Ukraine defence ministry)