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Ukraine Latest: Russia Tightens Grip on Province as City Falls

The destroyed Community Art Center following a strike in the city of Lysychansk.

The destroyed Community Art Center following a strike in the city of Lysychansk.

Photographer: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

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Ukraine pulled its troops from Lysychansk, ceding control of a key city in the Luhansk region to Russia as President Vladimir Putin’s troops come closer to their goal of capturing the province.

Extending the city’s defense would have led to “fatal consequences” in the face of Russian advantages in artillery, aviation, ammunition and personnel, Ukraine’s general staff said. Russia earlier declared full control of the city, advancing its goal of taking over Ukraine’s entire Donbas region.