1217 GMT December 01, 2022
The setback for Russia came after it annexed four regions covering nearly a fifth of Ukraine on Friday, an area that includes Lyman. Kyiv and the West have condemned the move as an illegitimate farce, Reuters reported.
"As of 1230 (0930 GMT), Lyman is fully cleared," Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a short video clip on his Telegram channel. "Thank you to our troops ... Glory to Ukraine!"
Russia's Defence Ministry said on Saturday that it was pulling troops out of the area "in connection with the creation of a threat of encirclement".
It did not mention the city in its daily update on fighting in Ukraine on Sunday, although it said Russian forces had destroyed seven artillery and missile depots in the Ukrainian regions of Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, Mykolaiv and Donetsk.
Russian forces captured Lyman from Ukraine in May and had used it as a logistics and transport hub for its operations in the north of the Donetsk region. Losing it is Russia's largest battlefield loss since Ukraine's lightning counteroffensive in the northeastern Kharkiv region last month.