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War in Ukraine Kyiv says it has taken over three sites near Kharkov

(Kyiv) Ukrainian authorities said on Saturday they had occupied three villages near Kharkov (east), Ukraine’s second-largest city, while fighting continued in Donbas and the country’s south.

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“Our Ukrainian armed forces have succeeded in a counteroffensive launched yesterday morning. After fierce fighting, our troops pushed Russian troops out of Bezruka, Slatina and Proudjanka, “said Khlegov region governor Oleg Sinegoubov in the Telegram.

Of these three cities north of Kharkov, Proudianka is closest to the Russian border, about fifteen kilometers away.

According to the governor, Russian shelling in his area has claimed two people and injured 19 in the past 24 hours.

PHOTO ALKIS KONSTANTINIDIS, REUTERS

The roof of the cultural house in the village of Malý Rohan was damaged by shelling.

According to a spokesman for the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, the city of Kharkov itself, regularly intervened by Russian artillery, remains “partially blocked” by Russian forces “strengthening their positions” south of the city.

Russian forces are also continuing the offensive in the Izium and Barvinkove districts with the aim of “taking control of the railway network,” the ministry said. It is also trying to encircle the fortified positions of the Ukrainian army in the area adjacent to the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which form the Donbas basin, which Moscow confirmed on Friday that it wants to take “total control”.

In the Donetsk region, Russian troops are “concentrating their efforts” in the area between Slaviansk and Kramatorsk, said Oleksiï Arestovych, an adviser to the Ukrainian presidency.

And in Luhansk, Russian troops “continue to attack” the cities of Rubizna and Severodonetsk, the de facto capital of the part of the region that remains under Ukrainian control, said its governor Serguiï Gaïdaï.

In the south of the country, another target for Russian forces, according to Mr. Arestovych, they are “trying to continue the offensive on the city of Goulyaïpolie”, halfway between Zaporizhia and the martyr port city of Mariupol. The Russian offensive also in the area between Kherson, the only administrative capital conquered by the Russians since the first days of the invasion, and Mykolaiv on the way to Odessa.