Ukraine: Kyiv claims fresh gains in east, annexation day vote
At a time when Moscow is organizing annexation referendums in several Ukrainian regions, Kyiv has said it has gained ground in the east of the country thanks to an effective counter-offensive that has enabled Ukrainians to retake several thousand square kilometers of the Kharkiv region.
The Ukrainian army announced on Friday that it had retaken a location in the Donetsk region in the east of the country from the Russians, while Moscow is organizing referendums on annexation in several regions of Ukraine under its control. “The Ukrainian army has taken over Yatskivka,” Oleksiy Gromov, an official with the Ukrainian military staff, announced on television.
A Ukrainian counteroffensive
The capture of this site on the east bank of the Oskil River seems to confirm the continuation of a counteroffensive that has already allowed Kyiv to retake several thousand square kilometers in the neighboring Kharkiv region. “The Ukrainians have also regained control of positions south of Bakhmout,” a key town in the Donetsk region that has been the target of Russian attacks for weeks, Oleksiï Gromov said.
Russian annexation referendums began on Friday in parts of Ukraine wholly or partly controlled by Moscow, polls being described as a “sham” by Kyiv and the West, marking a major escalation in the conflict.
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