The Russian army has been carrying out an offensive in the Kharkiv region for several weeks. On Saturday, it claimed the rare capture of a locality in this region of northeastern Ukraine. "In the direction of Kupyansk, as a result of offensive actions of units of the 'Western' group, the locality of Grianykivka in the Kharkiv region has been completely liberated," the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement. .
In parallel, Russian troops lead other offensives around Bakhmout and Vougledar. In its morning report, the Ukrainian army had indicated on Saturday that the small village of Grianykivka had been "bombarded" the day before by Russian artillery, without giving further details.
This locality is located 20 kilometers northeast of Kupyansk, the main city in this area of the Kharkiv region, which had been taken by the Russians in the first days of the military intervention, a year ago. The Ukrainians then recaptured Kupiansk, which had a pre-war population of nearly 30,000 in September, after a lightning counter-offensive.
For several days, the forces of Moscow, reinforced by the mobilization of hundreds of thousands of reservists in Russia, have returned to the attack in this sector.
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