Russia hails capture of Luhansk region, but big Ukraine battles lie ahead

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated his troops on Monday for "liberating" Luhansk region, promising medals for heroism. The Russian assault will now switch its focus to the rest of the Donbas industrial heartland, but Ukraine will find it easier to defend fortified positions in Donetsk region and the battles that will shape the war's course still lie ahead, military analysts said.

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