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Key Donbass city of Avdeevka liberated – Moscow

Russian forces have “completely captured” the city of Avdeevka, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Saturday. Some 1,500 Ukrainian troops were killed as they retreated, leaving their weapons and equipment behind, the ministry said. The seizure moves the front line further away from the city of Donetsk, thereby shielding its …

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Ukrainian forces withdraw from key Donbass city – commander-in-chief

Ukrainian troops have been ordered to leave the city of Avdeevka, Kiev’s newly-appointed commander-in-chief has said, claiming the decision was intended to preserve the “lives and health” of soldiers following months of desperate attempts to hold onto the frontline town near Russia’s Donetsk. General Aleksandr Syrsky announced the pull-out in a …

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Ukraine set to lose key Donbass city – White House

Russian forces are preparing to capture the Donbass stronghold of Avdeevka after “particularly intense” fighting, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Thursday.  Fighting around Avdeevka is “particularly intense,” Kirby said at a press conference. “We’re getting reports from the Ukrainians that the situation is critical, …

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Russian military liberates key Donbass stronghold – Moscow

Russian troops have fully liberated Maryinka, a key town in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced on Monday. Maryinka – which has been legally part of Russia since last year’s referendums –was a major Ukrainian military for many years. It is located immediately to the west of …

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NYT exposes Zelensky lie about Donbass missile strike

A New York Times investigation revealed on Monday that Ukrainian forces were mostly likely responsible for a deadly missile strike at a market, which happened the same day US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited the country. The incident on September 6 in the Kiev-controlled Donbass city of Konstantinovka killed …

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Controversial ex-Donbass militia commander arrested in Moscow – media

Igor Strelkov, a controversial former Donbass militia commander, was detained in Moscow on Friday amid an investigation into allegations of extremism, according to news outlets and family members. The soldier-turned-blogger is also known by his real name, Igor Girkin. Citing sources, newspaper RBK reported that the Russian Investigative Committee was executing …

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Key Donbass city captured – Wagner chief

The key Donbass city of Artyomovsk, known as Bakhmut in Ukraine, has been fully liberated by the Russian forces, Evgeny Prigozhin, the head of the Wagner private military company has announced. “Today at noon, Bakhmut was fully captured,” Prigozhin said in a video address published on Saturday.  The last part …

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Putin makes surprise visit to Donbass – media

President Vladimir Putin reportedly made an unannounced working trip to Mariupol, the Black Sea port city which was liberated by Russian forces last spring amid the military operation in Ukraine, and joined Russia as part of the Donetsk People’s Republic following a referendum in September. Putin arrived in Mariupol by …

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Zelensky vows to reinforce defense of key Donbass city

The defense of the strategic Donbass city of Artyomovsk, known as Bakhmut in Ukraine, which is reportedly almost fully encircled by Russian forces, is going to be intensified, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has said. The fight for Artyomovsk – a major foothold and logistics hub for Kiev’s forces in Russia’s …

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