Jun 18, 2023

Russia-Ukraine war live: Ukrainian forces reportedly take control of Piatykhatky on the Zaporizhzhia battle front

Russia-Ukraine war live: Ukrainian forces reportedly take control of Piatykhatky on the Zaporizhzhia battle front
Russian-installed official says Ukraine has made first gain on this battle front since launch of counter-offensive earlier this month * What we know on day 480 of the invasion The Russian military blogger War Gonzo has also reported that Russian troops have abandoned the village of Piatykhatky, on the Zaporizhzhia front. The writer suggests Ukraine has concentrated large reserves in the area, mostly infantry but also “heavy armoured vehicles”, and wonders if Kyiv will activate its reserves for what would probably be a major attack in the area. If confirmed, it would be Ukraine’s first village gain for nearly a week, and significantly it marks an apparent escalation of the offensive on the most direct route to Crimea, although this is the area where Russian defences are believed to be strongest. A Russian-installed official acknowledged on Sunday that Ukraine had recaptured a village in the southern Zapororizhzhia region, its first gain on that front since it launched its counteroffensive earlier this month. The official, Vladimir Rogov, said Ukrainian forces had taken the settlement of Piatykhatky and were entrenching themselves there while coming under fire from Russian artillery. Continue reading...