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War in Ukraine: Ukrainian army forced to abandon Chasiv Yar district

War in Ukraine: Ukrainian army forced to abandon Chasiv Yar district
War in Ukraine: Ukrainian army forced to abandon Chasiv Yar district

A week ago, the Ukrainian army reported successes from the long-contested town of Chasiv Yar in the Donetsk region. Now the situation is different.

After months of fighting, the Ukrainian army has had to abandon the easternmost part of the small town of Chasiv Yar in the Donetsk region. “Our defenders’ positions have been destroyed,” said the spokesman for the army group “Khortytsia”, Nasar Voloshin, according to the Interfax-Ukraine agency. It was therefore no longer expedient to hold the Kanal district. A retreat to new positions was ordered.

There is not a single undamaged building left there. “Bombardments and artillery fire left a lunar landscape behind,” the spokesman said. A week ago, Voloshin said that the Ukrainian army had largely driven the Russian enemy out of the district.

Taking over would open up further avenues for Russia

The Russian army had previously announced the capture of this and the neighboring district. According to reports, the Russian military has used, among other things, heavy glide bombs against Ukrainian positions on a massive scale. Since spring, the Russian army has been advancing on Chasiv Yar, which lies west of Bakhmut, which was captured in 2023. If the elevated town is captured, Russia will have access to the metropolitan area around the town of Kostiantynivka.

The Russian military also made gains in territory on other fronts. Ukrainian military observers recorded progress in Toretsk, which is also located in the Donetsk region. In addition, Russian units are said to have established themselves on a third section in the Kharkiv region on the state border.

Ukraine has been defending itself against the Russian invasion for more than two years with Western support. Russia recently demanded that Ukraine cede territory to end the fighting. Kiev rejects this.

Source: Stern

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