Ukraine said Wednesday its forces have liberated the village of Urozhaine in the eastern Donetsk region, where fierce battles have taken place in recent days.
“Ukrainian defense forces took control of Urozhaine,” and are consolidating their positions, Andrii Kovaliov, spokesperson for the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said on national television Wednesday morning.
Urozhaine, located about 100 kilometers southwest of Russian-occupied Donetsk city, lies near the village of Staromaiorske, which Ukrainian soldiers recaptured about two weeks ago.
“Urozhaine was liberated,” Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said on Telegram.
Elsewhere in the eastern front, Ukrainian forces are continuing to conduct counteroffensive operations south of Bakhmut and “heavy fighting continues,” Kovaliov said.
Russia “is putting up strong resistance, moving units and troops, and actively using its reserves” in the areas of Marinka and Krasnohorivka near Bakhmut, he said.
Ukrainian forces continue to hold back the Russian offensive at the Kupiansk, Lyman, and Bakhmut axes, he added.
CNN cannot independently verify battlefield claims.