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Russia says seized east Ukraine villages near Bakhmut

This photograph taken on November 29, 2022, shows a destroyed building in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine (Yevhen TITOV / AFP)
This photograph taken on November 29, 2022, shows a destroyed building in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine (Yevhen TITOV / AFP)

Russia says it has seized east Ukrainian settlements near the embattled town of Bakhmut that Moscow has been trying to capture since this summer.

“In the Donetsk area, after offensive actions, Russian troops fully liberated the settlements of Bilogorivka and Pershe Travnya,” the defense ministry says in a briefing.

The small gains come as Russian forces, desperate for a win after retreating from Kherson in the south and Kharkiv in the northeast, have thrown all their might into the battle for Bakhmut.

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