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Russian-controlled militants say they occupied Klishchiivka near Bakhmut, Ukraine doesn't confirm

by The Kyiv Independent news desk January 20, 2023 12:03 PM 1 min read
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Russian-controlled militants in Donetsk Oblast say Moscow seized the village of Klishchiivka near Bakhmut, Russian state-controlled news outlet TASS reported on Jan. 20.

Ukraine's General Staff hasn't confirmed the loss of the village but mentioned Russian attacks on Klishchiivka in its daily update.

Kremlin-controlled Wagner Group boss Yevgeny Prigozhin reported the seizure of the village "by the group's units" on Jan. 19. On the same day, the Ukrainian military said it had repelled Russian attacks there.

Along with the Russian military, the Wagner Group mercenaries have taken part in the battles for both Soledar and Bakhmut in eastern Donetsk Oblast.

John Kirby, chief U.S. National Security Council spokesperson, said on Jan. 18 that Russia does not fully control Bakhmut or neighboring Soledar, despite Russian claims. Russia looks to capture the area as part of its larger goal of taking control of the entirety of Donetsk Oblast, which it has partly occupied since 2014.

Soledar was most likely occupied by Russia on Jan. 16, according to the U.K. Defense Ministry.

Russia moves into Soledar, making rare progress amid stalled offensive

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