According to the U.K. defense ministry, Ukrainian forces have entered Russian-occupied territories in northern Donetsk. “putting pressure on territory Russia considers essential to its war aims.”
Fighting in the northern Donestk was described as “ongoing,”As Ukrainian forces counterattack Lyman which Russia occupies since May,
Lyman is located approximately 30 miles from Izyum in Kharkiv’s northeastern region. There, Ukrainian troops achieved major victories this month when they retook the vast majority of the occupied territories and forced the Russian soldiers to flee.
Ukraine declared control of all the region west the Oskil River. The territory is still contested between eastern Kharkiv and the Luhansk areas.
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“Russia attempted to “Incorporate” the Oskil into a consolidated defensive line following its forces’ withdrawals earlier in the month,”Friday’s statement by the U.K. defence ministry was published.
However, in the three previous days, Ukrainian forces had been able to “secured bridgeheads on the east bank”The dividing river suggests they may be better positioned to retake Kharkiv’s remaining territory before moving into Luhansk.
The ministry’s announcement comes as Russia launches referendums in Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, despite intense fighting in all four regions.
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Kharkiv was once listed among the Russian regions Russia wanted to annexe.
Western officials have condemned Moscow’s push to illegally seize Ukrainian territory by holding what they have called “sham”Elections in Ukraine’s eastern and southern regions.
“Voting”The voting will start Friday, and the polling stations will open Tuesday.
Russia’s state-owned media outlet, RIA claims that the ballot question will read as follows: “Do you support secession from Ukraine, formation of the region as an independent state and joining Russia?”
According to reports, preliminary results will be published on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Volodymyr Zeleskyy, the Ukrainian president, has condemned this election. “farse”Officials from the West have consistently referred to the similar steps Russia took in 2014’s invasion of Crimea.
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