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Russia tries to signal normalcy as Ukraine forces advance

Aerial view shows destroyed buildings as a result of intense fighting, amid the Russian invasion, in Bakhmut, Ukraine in this still image from handout video released on 15th June 2023.

South-eastern Ukraine Reuters Russia announced plans on Thursday to stage elections in occupied parts of Ukraine in just three months, Moscow’s latest bid to signal it is in control even as a Ukrainian counter-offensive has pushed its forces back in some areas. The Ukrainian assault is in its early stages, and military experts say the […]

Ukraine claims new gains in early phase of counter-offensive

A view of troops' movement in Storozheve, Donetsk region, Ukraine, on 12th June, 2023

Kyiv, UkraineReuters Ukraine said on Monday its troops had recaptured seven villages from Russian forces along an approximately 100-kilometre front in the south-east since launching its long-anticipated counter-offensive last week. The task of ending Moscow’s occupation of southern and eastern Ukraine is daunting, given Russia’s numerical superiority in men, ammunition and air power, and the […]

Ukraine announces gains in “first results” of counter-attack against Russia

Ukrainian soldiers stand in front of a building with a Ukrainian flag on it, during an operation that claims to liberate the first village amid a counter-offensive, in a location given as Blahodatne, Donetsk Region, Ukraine, in this screengrab taken from a handout video released on 11th June, 2023.

Kyiv, UkraineReuters Ukraine said on Sunday its troops had made territorial advances on three villages in its south-east, the first liberated settlements it has reported since launching a counter-offensive this past week.  Kyiv’s forces posted unverified videos showing soldiers hoisting the Ukrainian flag at a bombed-out building in the village of Blahodatne in Donetsk region […]