HANDOUT - 03.07.2022, Ukraine, Lyssytschansk: Auf diesem von der Militärverwaltung der Region Luhansk zur Verfügung gestellten Foto sind am frühen Sonntag, 3. Juli 2022 beschädigte Wohngebäude in Lyssytschansk in der Region Luhansk in der Ukraine zu sehen. Wie der Gouverneur der ostukrainischen Provinz Luhansk am Samstag, 02.07. mitteilte, haben die russischen Streitkräfte die Stadt Lyssytschansk und ihre Umgebung in einem umfassenden Versuch, die letzte Widerstandshochburg in der ostukrainischen Provinz Luhansk einzunehmen, unter Beschuss genommen. Ein Berater des Präsidenten sagte, über das Schicksal der Stadt werde in den nächsten zwei Tagen entschieden. Foto: -/(Militärverwaltung der Region Luhansk/AP/dpa - ACHTUNG: Nur zur redaktionellen Verwendung im Zusammenhang mit einer Berichterstattung und nur mit vollständiger Nennung des vorstehenden Credits +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

Over the weekend, Moscow achieved a first milestone in this war: to bring the entire Luhansk region under its control. In fact, it is the first region in Ukraine to be fully controlled by Russia or pro-Russian forces.

What experts agree on: Even more important than the (comparatively small) gain in territory is the condition of the troops after this battle. The Russian army paid a horrendous price for its success. High numbers of casualties among the soldiers, comparatively high losses in material. However, the Ukraine has also had to accept sensitive losses in an attempt to slow down the Russian advance as much as possible. A detailed analysis of the battle for Luhansk and its possible consequences can be found below in the reading recommendations.

Given the intensity of the fighting there, it is understandable that the Donbass is currently receiving the most attention in reporting. However, the other scenes of the war should not be forgotten. And the Ukrainians have had some minor successes to report in the past few days.

Thus, they were able to destroy two Russian trains with supplies that were going from Crimea to the occupied territories of southern Ukraine. Western weapon systems also played a role here, because the route is far behind the front. In addition, Russia is said to have moved around 50 tanks from near Zaporizhia to the front near Cherson. Apparently the Ukrainians are building up so much pressure there, destroying so much material that supplies are needed. In return, the Russian commanders are apparently even willing to weaken another sector of the front.


1. Ten Weeks in the “Meat Grinder”: A Reconstruction of the Battle of LuhanskAs a result of the Ukrainian withdrawal from Lysychansk, Russia has now conquered the entire Luhansk region. The battle could have a lasting impact on the course of the war.

2. Search for solutions in the Ukraine war: The earlier negotiations begin, the more lives are savedIn an appeal, German intellectuals called for a ceasefire in Ukraine – and received criticism. But it is not about the question of guilt. A guest post.

3. How the Russia Sanctions Are Implemented: The Hunt for the Assets of Putin’s Loyal Authorities need to track down accounts, real estate and yachts belonging to Vladimir Putin’s supporters. In Bavaria, investigators caught a Russian politician. A search for clues.

4. Victim photographs from the Ukraine war: “Basically, this is propaganda” Countless images from the war are being shared on the Internet – including by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense. An expert explains what that does to us.

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