"Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu informed President Vladimir Putin of the "liberation" of the Luhansk region by Moscow and its allies, the ministry said," APA's Moscow correspondent reports.
"Six people were killed in Sloviansk after the eastern Ukrainian city was hit by powerful shelling from Russian multiple rocket launchers," local officials said.
At least three people were killed and dozens of residential buildings damaged in the Russian city of Belgorod near the Ukraine border, regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said, after reports of several blasts in the city.
Ukrainian forces hit a Russian military logistics base with over 30 strikes in the occupied southern city of Melitopol, the city's exiled mayor said. A Russian-installed official confirmed that strikes had hit the city
Far from the eastern fighting, Russia said it had hit army command posts in Mykolaiv near the Black Sea port of Odesa, where the mayor had reported powerful explosions.