Russia says it has seized another village in eastern Ukraine as Kiev steps up attacks

Russia’s Defence Ministry said troops fought off two counter-attacks near the border (Representational)

Kyiv:

Russia said on Saturday it had seized another village in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region, while Kiev said Moscow was intensifying attacks away from the northeastern Kharkiv region.

The Russian Defense Ministry said troops had “taken control of the village of Arkhangelske, north of Donetsk city.”

The small border village is near the town of Ocheretin, which Russia said it had captured earlier this month.

Russia’s latest claim of territorial gains comes as Ukraine says Moscow is stepping up attacks away from the Kharkiv region, where it launched an offensive on May 10.

Ukraine’s General Staff said on Saturday that Russian forces were “particularly active” near the town of Pokrovsk in the Donetsk region.

It said firing was ongoing at six locations near the villages of Kalinoye, Yasnobrodivka and Sokil, south of the village of Arkhangelske.

Meanwhile Ukrainian police said three civilians were killed and two wounded in Russian attacks in the Donetsk region, where more than 1,800 attacks had taken place the previous day.

On Saturday, Ukraine said its army had repelled two attacks in the Kharkiv region and fighting was continuing near the town of Vovchansk, which Moscow is trying to capture.

The Russian Defense Ministry said its troops repelled two counterattacks near the border, one of which occurred near Vovchansk.

Kharkiv region governor Oleg Sinegubov said on Saturday that Russians attacked the Kupiansk-Vuzlovy railway hub with a guided bomb, wounding at least five people.

He did not give any further details.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday he visited the city of Kharkiv and met with military officials to discuss the defence of the region, particularly Vovchansk.

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