Russian forces are creeping towards Ukraine’s next line of defence after capturing the eastern city of Lysychansk, the last pocket of Ukrainian resistance in the Luhansk region.

Vladimir Putin’s troops will now focus on trying to seize all of the neighbouring Donetsk region, Luhansk’s regional governor, Serhiy Hadai, said today. He added that there had been “no point staying” in Lysychansk because of Russia’s huge artillery and ammunition advantage.