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Kyiv said today that its forces recaptured a village in the eastern Donetsk region. (File)

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Kyiv said on Friday that its forces had recaptured a village in eastern Donetsk region and territory surrounding another war-torn city there, as Moscow-proxies voted on annexation with Russia.

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“Ukraine’s army has recaptured the village of Yatskivka in the Donetsk region,” a senior army officer, Oleksiy Gromov, told reporters.

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Kiev’s forces “regained control over positions south of Bakhmut”, Gromov added.

Yatskivka sits on the eastern bank of the strategic Oskil River, which Kiev’s forces crossed after retaking several areas of neighboring Kharkiv Oblast.

Bakhmut, an important city with a pre-war population of 70,000, is also in the Donetsk region and has been under Russian attack for months. Moscow’s forces have so far failed to capture it.

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Donetsk region and three other Ukrainian provinces controlled in whole or in part by Russia – Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia – are being voted on by Moscow.

Kyiv and its Western allies dismissed the ballots as “fraud”.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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