Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to continue Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine after troops took control of the entire Lugansk region.
“Military units, including the Eastern Group and the Western Group, must perform their tasks according to previously approved plans,” Putin said in Shoigu.
“I hope everything will continue in their direction, as it has happened in Luhansk so far.”
Shoigu told Putin over the weekend that forces from Moscow now have full control of the Lugansk region, a major victory for the Kremlin more than four months after its leader sent troops to Ukraine.
Putin said on Monday that the troops who took part in the Lugansk campaign should “rest and rebuild their combat capabilities”.
After giving up its initial goal of capturing the capital, Kyiv, following fierce Ukrainian resistance, Russia has focused its efforts on full control of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions in eastern Russia. ‘Ukraine.