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Russia claims village on outskirts of Bakhmut in big push in east

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Kyiv, Ukraine Reuters Russia claimed on Tuesday to have captured a village just to the north of Bakhmut, a city it is trying to surround in a major push for what would be its biggest battlefield prize in Ukraine since last summer. A Belarusian volunteer fighting for Ukraine told Reuters from inside Bakhmut that Russia […]

Death toll from strike on Ukraine apartment block rises to 40

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Dnipro/Kyiv, Ukraine Reuters The death toll from a Russian missile strike in the Ukrainian city of Dnipro rose to 40 on Monday, with dozens more missing, making it the deadliest civilian incident of Moscow’s three-month campaign of firing missiles at cities far from the front. Ukraine says the mass civilian deaths, which it describes as […]

Analysis – Russian mercenary boss courts Putin with Ukrainian battlefield success

Russia Yevgeny Prigozhin and Vladimir Putin

London, UK Reuters In the twilight of the Soviet Union, Yevgeny Prigozhin was languishing in prison for theft. Now as the founder of Russia’s most powerful mercenary group, he is vying for Vladimir Putin’s favour by claiming a rare battlefield win in Ukraine. His aim is to leverage the success that Wagner Group, his mercenary […]

Ukraine says it is fighting on in blood-drenched, devastated Soledar

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Kyiv/Near Soledar, UkraineReuters Ukraine said on Thursday its troops were holding out against a massive onslaught of Russian artillery to defend the salt mining town of Soledar in the east, with drone footage showing utter devastation there and buildings reduced to smouldering husks. “The goal of the enemy is to break through the defence of […]

Russia appoints new leader of Ukraine campaign as Wagner says Soledar fully captured

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Kyiv/Near Bakhmut, Ukraine Reuters Moscow named a new commander for its invasion of Ukraine while Russian private military firm Wagner Group said its capture of the salt mining town Soledar in eastern Ukraine was complete.  Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on Wednesday appointed Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov as overall commander for what […]

Russian mercenary firm claims strategic Ukrainian town of Soledar, control unclear

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Kyiv/Near Bakhmut, Ukraine Reuters The outcome of a battle for the eastern Ukrainian salt mining town of Soledar hung in the balance on Wednesday, as Russia’s mercenary Wagner Group claimed to have won control, with fighting focused in the town centre. Kyiv said earlier its forces were holding out. Reuters was unable to verify conditions […]

“Land covered in corpses” as Russia strives for first big Ukraine gains in months

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Kyiv/Near Bakhmut, Ukraine Reuters Ukraine said on Tuesday its forces were still holding onto positions in the eastern mining town of Soledar, withstanding assaults by wave after wave of Russian soldiers and mercenaries seeking Moscow’s first battlefield victory for months. Earlier, the British Defence Ministry said Russian troops and fighters of Wagner, a mercenary company […]

Russia intensifies assaults on Ukrainian salt mining town and eastern front

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Kyiv/Siversk, Ukraine Reuters Russia has stepped up a “powerful assault” led by the Wagner contract militia on Soledar in eastern Ukraine, Kyiv said on Monday, describing a difficult situation for forces repelling waves of attacks around the salt mining town and nearby fronts.  Soledar, in the industrial Donbas region, lies a few miles from Bakhmut, […]

Russia attacks Ukraine along frontline from north to south

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Kyiv, Ukraine Reuters Russia shelled Ukrainian towns across a long stretch of the frontline from north to south, Ukrainian officials said on Friday, a day after Moscow fired dozens of missiles in its latest barrage against critical infrastructure. Air attack sirens blared overnight into Friday in the capital Kyiv, and Reuters heard several explosions and […]

Putin endorses evacuation of parts of Ukraine’s Kherson region

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Frontline west of Kherson/Kyiv, UkraineReuters Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly endorsed the evacuation of civilians from parts of Ukraine’s southern Kherson region on Friday, the latest sign of Russia’s retreat in one of the most bitterly contested areas in Ukraine. “Now, of course, those who live in Kherson should be removed from the zone of […]