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Ukraine has retaken key village near Bakhmut, says Zelenskiy

The Ukrainian president says his forces have recaptured the strategically important village of Klishchiivka on the southern flank of the key frontline city of Bakhmut.

“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,” Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in his nightly video address on Sunday.

The deputy defence minister, Hanna Maliar, shared a video of Ukrainian forces displaying flags including the blue and yellow national flag, with ruined buildings and the sound of ongoing fighting in the background. Russia was still trying to regain lost positions despite Klishchiivka’s liberation, she said on Telegram.

A Ukrainian soldier firing artillery at Russian positions near Klishchiivka last month
A Ukrainian soldier firing artillery at Russian positions near Klishchiivka last month. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Col Gen Oleksandr Syrskyi, commander of Ukraine’s ground forces, also confirmed the recapture of the village, which Russia claimed control of in January and is about 9km (six miles) south of Bakhmut, the city taken by Russia in May after months of heavy fighting.

Ilia Yevlash, a spokesperson for Ukrainian troops in the east, said the battle inflicted “powerful damage” on Russian forces.

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There was no immediate comment from Moscow after Ukraine claimed its forces had recaptured the village of Klishchiivka, near Bakhmut.

On Sunday, Russia’s defence ministry said in its daily briefing that its forces kept up their attacks near Klishchiivka, Reuters reports.

The heavy fighting for the strategically important village, spread on higher grounds about 9km (six miles) south of Bakhmut, has taken weeks and comes after Kyiv said on Friday it had gained control of the tiny nearby village of Andriivka.

The gains have been among the most significant in Ukraine’s counteroffensive, which began in June and has struggled to break through entrenched Russian lines.

Ukraine has retaken key village near Bakhmut, says Zelenskiy

The Ukrainian president says his forces have recaptured the strategically important village of Klishchiivka on the southern flank of the key frontline city of Bakhmut.

“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,” Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in his nightly video address on Sunday.

The deputy defence minister, Hanna Maliar, shared a video of Ukrainian forces displaying flags including the blue and yellow national flag, with ruined buildings and the sound of ongoing fighting in the background. Russia was still trying to regain lost positions despite Klishchiivka’s liberation, she said on Telegram.

A Ukrainian soldier firing artillery at Russian positions near Klishchiivka last month
A Ukrainian soldier firing artillery at Russian positions near Klishchiivka last month. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Col Gen Oleksandr Syrskyi, commander of Ukraine’s ground forces, also confirmed the recapture of the village, which Russia claimed control of in January and is about 9km (six miles) south of Bakhmut, the city taken by Russia in May after months of heavy fighting.

Ilia Yevlash, a spokesperson for Ukrainian troops in the east, said the battle inflicted “powerful damage” on Russian forces.

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Opening summary

Welcome back to our rolling coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This is Adam Fulton and here’s a roundup of the latest developments.

Ukrainian forces have recaptured the tactically important village of Klishchiivka near the key frontline city of Bakhmut, the Ukrainian president has said, in what would be Ukraine’s second significant gain in three days.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy praised the soldiers fighting near Bakhmut and singled out those who had retaken Klishchiivka, saying “well done!” in an address.

Ukrainian soldiers fighting in Klischiivka, near Bakhmut, in a screen grab from social media
Ukrainian soldiers fighting in Klischiivka, near Bakhmut, in a screen grab from social media. Photograph: United assault brigade of the national police of Ukraine/Reuters

Russia, meanwhile, meanwhile said it repelled Ukrainian 13 drone attacks on Crimea as well as outer Moscow and two border regions on Sunday.

And China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, will begin a four-day visit to Russia for security talks on Monday, his foreign ministry said.

More on those stories shortly. In other news:

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was on his way home from Russia on Sunday, ending a six-day trip that triggered global concerns about weapons transfer deals between the two countries. Kim began his journey back onboard his armoured train from the Primorye region in Russia’s far east after a farewell ceremony at the train station, Russian state news agency RIA said. After entering Russia on Tuesday in his first overseas trip in more than four years, Kim met Russian president Vladimir Putin, visited key military and technology sites and pledged to step up military and economic cooperation.

  • North Korea may be able to boost Russia’s supply of artillery munitions for the war in Ukraine but that is not likely to make a big difference, the top American military officer said as he arrived in Norway for Nato meetings. US army Gen Mark Milley, chair of the joint chiefs of staff, said the recent meeting between Kim and Putin would probably lead North Korea to provide Soviet-era 152mm artillery rounds to Moscow. But he said it was not yet clear how many or how soon.

Kim Jong-un reviews a guard of honour in Vladivostok, Russia, during a send-off ceremony at the end of his six-day visit to the country
Kim Jong-un reviews a guard of honour in Vladivostok, Russia, during a send-off ceremony at the end of his six-day visit to the country. Photograph: KCNA/EPA
  • US oil and gas multinationals are facing fresh questions over their trade with Russia after Russian customs records revealed that more than $7.1m (£5.7m) worth of equipment manufactured by Halliburton has been imported into the country since it announced the end of its Russian operations. Last September Halliburton, one of the world’s largest providers of products and services for oil and gas exploration, sold its Russian office to local management amid pressure on all US companies to cease their trade after the invasion of Ukraine.

  • Ukraine will be able to conduct more attacks on Russian ships, a Ukrainian minister who has played a key role in building the country’s drone industry told Reuters after a recent series of sea raids. “There will be more drones, more attacks, and fewer Russian ships. That’s for sure,” the digital transformation minister, Mykhailo Fedorov, said.

  • The US expects to announce additional aid to Ukraine next week, national security adviser Jake Sullivan said, while announcing that the US president, Joe Biden, would host Zelenskiy next Thursday at the White House. The Ukrainian leader was also expected to meet with congressional leaders from both political parties.

  • A body has been found in Ukraine in the search for a British man who was reported missing a month ago. Daniel Burke, 36, from south Manchester, was reported missing on 16 August by family who had not heard from him, believing that he had travelled to Ukraine. Officers searching for Burke have been informed by Ukrainian authorities they have found a body.

source: theguardian.com