Ukraine national guard video shows retaken Lyman

STORY: Guardsmen of the General Kulchytsky Battalion were carrying out stabilisation actions in recaptured Lyman, the national guard said in a post on social media.

Ukrainian forces have been expanding an offensive after taking Lyman, the main Russian bastion in the north of Donetsk, hours after Putin proclaimed the annexation of the province last week.

It has made significant advances in two of the four Russian-occupied regions that Moscow last week annexed after what it called referendums - votes that were denounced by Kyiv and Western governments as illegal and coercive.