Russia seizes new location in Ukraine's Donetsk region

According to the Russian Defence Ministry 
Militares ucranianos apilan sacos de tierra para construir una fortificación no lejos de la ciudad de Avdiivka, en la región de Donetsk, en medio de la invasión rusa de Ucrania, el 17 de febrero de 2024 – PHOTO/Anatolii STEPANOV/AFP
Ukrainian soldiers pile up sacks of earth to build a fortification not far from the town of Avdiivka in the Donetsk region amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine - PHOTO/Anatolii STEPANOV/AFP

Russia claimed Wednesday that it seized Klishchiivka, a village in the Donetsk region that Kiev forces had recaptured in September 2023, in its summer counteroffensive that ultimately proved a fiasco. 

"The units of the Southern Group, after some operations, liberated the village of Klishchiivka" in the east of the country, the Russian Defence Ministry said. 

Moscow's forces have taken the initiative and have been conducting a new ground offensive further north in the Kharkov region of Ukraine since 10 May. 

Klishchiivka lies just south of Bakhmut, a town in eastern Ukraine ravaged by 10 months of fighting and conquered by the Russian army in May last year. 

In February, Russia also seized the eastern Ukrainian town of Avdiivka.