Urozhaine: Ukraine recaptured a settlement in Donetsk region from Russian troops

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Ukrainian forces said they recaptured the village of Urozhaine in the Donetsk region east of Kyiv on Wednesday after days of bloody fighting as part of a counteroffensive against Russia.

Andriy Kovalov, spokesman for the General Staff of the Ukrainian Army, said on national television early Wednesday that “the Defense Forces of Ukraine have taken control of Urozain” and are strengthening their positions.

Urozhane is located about 100 kilometers south-west of the Russian-occupied city of Donetsk. It is located near the village of Staromayorske, which was liberated by Ukrainian fighters earlier this month.

Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Khanna Maliar echoed Kovalov’s words, proudly announcing on Telegram that “Urozhaina has been liberated” and that “the offensive continues.”

Footage released by Kiev forces and geotagged by CNN shows soldiers raising the Ukrainian flag. The village near the memorial to the Soviet soldiers who participated in the Second World War.

In addition to the video, the military said servicemen from the 35th and 38th separate Marine Brigades and other units of the Ukrainian Defense Forces helped recapture Urozain.

Kremlin forces in Urozain have been in a precarious position for some time. Ukrainian news sources and pro-Russian military bloggers had expected Kiev to take control of the village after the fall of nearby Staromayorsk two weeks ago.

The two villages were separated by a small river, and by taking Staromayorsk, Kievan troops had another firing position to attack the Russian positions at Urozhaine, which gave them an advantage.

While the gains have increased, the fall of Urozhain shows that Ukraine’s counterattack is making progress, albeit slower than expected.

Elsewhere on the eastern front, Ukrainian forces continue counteroffensive operations south of Bakhmut and “heavy fighting continues,” Kovalov said.

Russia has been “putting up strong resistance, moving units and troops, and actively using its reserves” in the now-destroyed Marinka town and the Krasnorivka area near Bakhmut, which have been on the front lines since the start of the invasion. , he continued.

Ukrainian forces continue to stop the Russian offensive on the Kupyansk, Liman and Bakhmut axes, he added.

CNN cannot independently verify reports from the battlefield and has yet to hear back from Russia.

Ukraine’s counteroffensive has failed to gain momentum in the months since it began its campaign in the southern and eastern regions of the country, which are currently controlled by Russian troops.

Kiev faced very slow progress on the battlefield as its forces faced heavy Russian defenses reinforced by thousands of mines and extensive trenches. In trying to break through this multi-layered defense, Ukraine suffered heavy losses.

The recapture of Urozain marks some progress in Ukraine’s push south toward the Sea of ​​Azov. The region is a prime target for Kiev, as going deeper into the territory would mean destroying the land bridge between Russia’s annexed Crimea and eastern Donetsk.

Earlier in the week, Kiev dismissed recent criticism that its troops were not advancing fast enough, saying they were focused on destroying Russia’s capabilities and disrupting its logistics.

“The task of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is not to organize large-scale battles for each settlement on the way to the border of 1991, but to systematically destroy the capabilities of the enemy army: its material and technical support, technical potential, officers and personnel. Today, Ukrainian defenders are waiting for this task one hundred percent,” said Mykhailo Podoliak, advisor to the President of Ukraine, on Monday.

“For Ukraine, long-range missiles now mean a sharp decline in Russia’s combat capabilities. It’s about actively destroying Russia’s funds and resources in the far reaches,” Podoliak added on the X page, formerly known as Twitter.

“This is a breakdown of back logistics – warehouses, transport, fuel. This is the acceleration of offensive operations of Ukraine. “It’s about saving the lives of Ukrainian soldiers, reducing losses… Most importantly, it’s about de-escalation,” he added.

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