Monday 12 June 2023

Ukraine claims first victories of counter-offensive

Ukraine says it has liberated four villages in the south-east, calling these the first settlements won back from Russia since Kyiv's counter-offensive began.

On Monday morning, officials reported that "the national flag is once again waving" over Storozhove, in the Donetsk region.

A day earlier, footage showed Ukrainian troops celebrating in Blahodatne and Neskuchne - and a minister said nearby Makarivka was also taken.

The settlements are relatively small - and Moscow is yet to confirm any retreat.

The Institute for the Study of War backs up Kyiv's claims, saying Ukraine captured "multiple settlements" along the frontline over the weekend.

On Saturday, President Zelensky acknowledged that the long-awaited counter-offensive was under way.

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