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Russian Forces Take Management of Three Settlements in Ukraine, Says Defence Ministry

A woman walks backdropped by bas relief sculptures depicting war scenes in the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War in Kyiv Ukraine Monday April 8 2024 AP PhotoVadim Ghirda

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian forces have taken management of two extra settlements in Ukraine’s north-east Kharkiv area and one within the southern Zaporizhzhia area, the defence ministry mentioned on Wednesday, constructing on a run of incremental beneficial properties which have alarmed Kyiv.

Moscow’s forces have pushed into the Kharkiv area this month, dwelling to Ukraine’s second largest metropolis, in what Western army analysts consider could also be an try to carve out a so-called buffer zone to attempt to defend Russia’s neighbouring Belgorod area from Ukrainian shelling and incursions.

The defence ministry mentioned in a press release that models from Russia’s “North” army grouping had captured the settlements of Hlyboke and Lukyantsi within the Kharkiv area after intense preventing and had superior “deep into the enemy defences.”

The ministry spoke of heavy preventing in different components of Kharkiv area too the place it mentioned Russian forces had repelled three Ukrainian counter assaults.

The Ukrainian army mentioned late on Tuesday that Ukrainian troops had pulled again to “extra advantageous” positions in two areas of the Kharkiv area. It mentioned the fallback was “a consequence of enemy fireplace and storming motion” and “to protect the lives of our servicemen and keep away from losses.”

Russia’s defence ministry mentioned that models from its army grouping “Dnepr” had additionally made headway within the south, taking full management of the settlement of Robotyne within the Zaporizhzhia area.

The Ukrainian Basic Workers mentioned on Wednesday that its troops had repelled three Russian assaults within the course of Robotyne.

Russia mentioned its air defences had additionally shot down a Ukrainian MiG-29 warplane together with 40 drones and a slew of U.S.-made rockets.

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A woman walks backdropped by bas-relief sculptures depicting war scenes in the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Reuters couldn’t independently confirm the battlefield reviews.

(Reporting by Reuters buro in Moscow; Further reporting from Kyiv buro; Modifying by Andrew Osborn)

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