Ukraine said it had taken back the eastern village of Klishchiivka in what would be Ukraine’s second significant gain in three days in its months-long counteroffensive against the Russian army.

Iran PressEurope: Klishchiivka was home to about 400 people before Moscow launched its full-scale invasion in February 2022 and was captured by Russian troops in January.

“Today, I would like to particularly commend the soldiers who, step by step, are returning to Ukraine what belongs to it, namely in the area of Bakhmut,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address to the nation on Sunday.

The breakthrough in Klishchiivka comes days after Kyiv said it had gained control of the tiny nearby village of Andriivka and as Zelenskyy prepares for his second wartime visit to the United States, a key ally.

Zelenskyy said that Kyiv was “preparing new defence solutions for Ukraine” and that “air defence and artillery are the priority” without providing details. It began its counteroffensive to clear Russian troops from its territory in June.

Oleksandr Syrsky, commander of Ukraine’s ground forces who is also in operational control of the counteroffensive, posted a video of Ukrainian troops displaying the blue and yellow national flag on ruined buildings with the sound of fighting in the background.

“Klishchiivka was cleared of the Russians,” Syrsky, who has often visited the Bakhmut front line to devise a strategy and boost the troops’ morale, said on social media.


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