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Ukraine war

Sievierodonetsk falls to Russia after one of war's bloodiest fights

Ukraine called its retreat a 'tactical withdrawal,' Russia will now seek to press on

A tank of the Ukrainian Armed Forces its seen in the industrial area of the city of Sievierodonetsk, Ukraine on June 20. Once home to over 100,000 people, the fall of Sievierodonetsk is Russia's biggest victory since capturing the port of Mariupol last month.   © Reuters

KYIV/POKROVSK, Ukraine (Reuters) -- Russian forces fully occupied the eastern Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk on Saturday, both sides said, confirming Kyiv's biggest battlefield setback for more than a month following weeks of some of the war's bloodiest fighting.

Ukraine called its retreat from the city a "tactical withdrawal" to fight from higher ground in Lysychansk on the opposite bank of the Siverskyi Donets river. Pro-Russian separatists said Moscow's forces were now attacking Lysychansk.

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