Russia says it has ‘full control’ of Avdiivka after Ukrainian withdrawal

MOSCOW — Russia’s defense ministry says it has taken “full control” of the eastern Ukrainian town of Avdiivka, following a hasty withdrawal by Kyiv’s forces.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has informed President Vladimir Putin that his troops had seized “full control… of Avdiivka in the Donetsk People’s Republic, which was a powerful defensive hub for the Ukrainian armed forces,” the ministry says in a statement.

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