Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his defence minister to continue the offensive in Ukraine after Russia captured the city of Lysychansk.
Mr Putin was shown on Russian TV calling on forces on other fronts to pursue their aims according to “previously approved plans”.
The capture means that all of Luhansk region is now in Russian hands.
Earlier the region’s Ukrainian governor said the city was abandoned so Russians would not destroy it from a distance.
According to the BBC, Soldiers have now moved to new fortified positions.