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Ukraine cuts off rebel-held Lugansk from Russian border: army

Ukrainian troops on Thursday (Aug 14) completely surrounded the rebel bastion of Lugansk by cutting the last road linking the city to the Russian border, a military spokesman said.

KIEV: Ukrainian troops on Thursday (Aug 14) completely surrounded the rebel bastion of Lugansk by cutting the last road linking the city to the Russian border, a military spokesman said.

Government forces captured the village of Novosvitlivka therefore "closing off the final road connection between rebel-held Lugansk and other territory controlled by the Russian mercenaries, in particular the border post of Izvaryne," security spokesman Andriy Lysenko said.

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