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Ukrainian forces achieved some success around Bakhmut but suffered "significant" losses in personnel and heavy equipment, CNN wrote on June 8, citing U.S. officials. Although Kyiv's troops managed to overrun Russians in some areas, they encountered heavier resistance than expected, according to the report.

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General Staff: Russia launches 28 air strikes, 6 missile attacks on Feb. 20

by The Kyiv Independent news desk February 21, 2023 7:47 AM 1 min read
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In its regular morning update, the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces reported that Russia launched 28 air strikes and six missile strikes targeting civilian infrastructure in Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson oblasts on Feb. 20.

Russian forces also launched 86 attacks from rocket salvo systems over the course of the day. The attacks damaged or destroyed residential buildings, schools, and shops and killed and injured civilians.

Russian troops attacked the village of Ivanopillia in Donetsk Oblast on Feb. 20, killing one person and injuring two, according to Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko.

According to the General Staff, Ukrainian forces repelled Russian attacks in Kharkiv, Luhansk, and Donetsk oblasts. Russia has recently begun a renewed offensive in eastern Ukraine in an attempt to occupy the entirety of Ukraine's eastern Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts.

Ukraine's Air Force conducted 16 strikes on Russian positions, striking an anti-aircraft missile system. Ukrainian forces also shot down three Lancet drones, the General Staff said.

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