President Vladimir Putin has vowed to "stabilize" the annexed regions

The Russian president announced the annexation of Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson last week after self-proclaimed referendums which were not recognised internationally.

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The Ukrainian army has regained control of six villages in the Luhansk region, after days of fighting with pro-Russian separatists.

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia would re-take any territory that had been lost, in response to questions about recent losses.
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Andrey Kartopolov, the chairman of the State Duma defence committee, told state media that Russia needed to stop lying about what was happening on the battlefield.