Ukraine says formerly occupied territory again as annexation polls open

Ukraine says formerly occupied territory again as annexation polls open

Kyiv said today that its forces have recaptured a village in the eastern Donetsk region. (file)

Kyiv:

Kyiv said on Friday its forces had captured a village in the eastern Donetsk region and the area around another war-torn city, as a Moscow-proxy voted on Russia’s occupation.

“Ukrainian forces have recaptured the village of Yatskivka in the Donetsk region,” a senior army officer, Oleksiy Gromov, told reporters.

Gromov said that Kyiv’s army had “gained control of the situation south of Bakhmut”.

Yatskivka strategically sits on the eastern bank of the Oskil River, which the Kyiv army crossed after reclaiming swaths of territory in the neighboring Kharkiv region.

Bakhmut, a major pre-war city with a population of 70,000 people, is also located in the Donetsk region and has been under Russian attacks for months. The Moscow army has so far failed to capture it.

The Donetsk region and three other provinces in Ukraine that are wholly or partly controlled by Russia – Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhya – are voting on annexation by Moscow.

Ballots have been dismissed as “sham” by Kyiv and its Western allies

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