Ukrainian forces push into Donetsk, Russia fights for territory it deems ‘essential’ to win: British intelligence

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Ukrainian forces entered Areas occupied by Russia In northern Donetsk, in a move Britain’s Ministry of Defense said on Friday it was “pressing on territory that Russia considers essential for its war aims”.

The fighting in northern Donetsk has been described as “ongoing”. Ukrainian forces launch a counterattack In the town of Lyman, which Russia has occupied since May.

Lyman is located approximately 30 miles west of Izyum in the northeastern Kharkiv region, where Ukrainian forces made significant gains this month by retaking the majority of occupied territory and forcing the Russian soldiers to retreat.

Ukraine declared its control over the entire area west of the Oskil River, where there is still territory Disputed of eastern Kharkiv Through the Luhansk regions.

Ukrainians in the territory occupied by the Kremlin vote on joining Russia in the “Cham referendum”

Armed National Guard soldiers walk along a trench at one of the sections of a defense line outside Kharkiv, Kharkiv region, northeastern Ukraine, in August.
(Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy/Ukrinform/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

Britain’s Ministry of Defense said on Friday that Russia had attempted to ‘integrate’ Oskil into a unified defensive line after its forces withdrew earlier this month.

However, over the past three days, Ukrainian forces have “secured the bridgeheads on the east bank” of the divided river, suggesting that they may be in a better position to retake the rest of Kharkiv before advancing on Luhansk.

The ministry’s announcement comes as Russia launches referendums in Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhya and Kherson, despite heavy fighting in all four regions.

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But he says Moscow is ‘transferred to the Russians’ to vote in Sham referral

Kharkiv was previously listed As one of the regions that Russia intends to annex.

Western officials have condemned Moscow’s efforts to illegally seize Ukrainian territory by holding what they describe as “sham” elections in eastern and southern Ukraine.

Voting will begin on Friday and polling stations will open on Tuesday.

According to the state-owned RIA, the RIA, the question on the ballot paper will allegedly say, “Do you support secession from Ukraine, the formation of the region as an independent state and joining Russia?”

Ukrainian soldiers are seen riding an armored personnel carrier during a maneuver not far from Kharkiv on April 30.

Ukrainian soldiers are seen riding an armored personnel carrier during a maneuver not far from Kharkiv on April 30.
(Sergey Popock/AFP via Getty Images)


Preliminary results will reportedly be announced on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky They condemned the election as “out of reach” and Western officials have repeatedly pointed to a similar step Russia took during its 2014 invasion of Crimea.

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