Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has taken unusual steps to maintain Kyiv's power in the Ukrainian-controlled territories of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR).
Zelensky ordered to organize so-called "military administrations" in 14 districts of the DPR, which are under the control of Kyiv. This decree is posted on the official website of the head of Ukraine.
The document provides for the formation of military administrations on the territory of Bakhmutsky, Volnovahsky, Kramatorsk and Pokrovsky districts of the Donetsk region, and in several settlements.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Donetsk Regional State Administration were entrusted with the creation of military administrations.
Earlier, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in his video message, explained the withdrawal of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from Lysichansk. The President of Ukraine assured that after receiving Western weapons, the Ukrainian army would return to its previous positions.
The Russian Armed Forces continue their offensive in the Krasny Lyman direction, an official speaker for the Russian Defence Ministry Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov told reporters on December 7