Ukraine seizes key supply hub from Russian force

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Ukraine seizes key supply hub from Russian forces in east

Ukrainian forces said Saturday they had entered Kupiansk in eastern Ukraine, dislodging Russian troops from a key logistics hub in a lightning counter-offensive that has seen swathes of territory recaptured.

A pro-Russia separatist leader called fighting “difficult” in the Donetsk region while Moscow insisted its forces were “regrouping” after Ukraine’s apparent battlefield gains.

Observers of the conflict expect Ukrainian forces to announce further gains in the Kharkiv region, which borders Russia, and has been either controlled by Russia or shelled by its artillery for months.

- ‘Astonishing’ advance -

There was no official confirmation that Kyiv’s troops had also routed Russian forces from Iyzum – an important staging ground for Russia’s war effort – with a pre-war population of around 45,000 people.

But images flooding social media appeared to show Ukrainian forces within the city and Russian observers of the conflict said there were initial reports Moscow’s army had already withdrawn.…

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