Ukraine denies Russian troops have captured key east city Izyum

Ukraine denies Russian troops have taken control of the city of Izyum, situated on the Donets River in the Kharkiv Oblast of eastern Ukraine.

Speaking to CNN, Lyudmyla Dolhonovska, an adviser to the Ukrainian military chief, says that the battle for Izyum is “still going on.”

Earlier, the Russian military claimed to have taken control of the city, state news agency RIA-Novosti reported, citing the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Izyum has been cut off from nearly all communications since intense battles between Russian and Ukrainian forces broke out there last week, according to CNN.

Izyum is on a key route to the Donbas region that would potentially allow Russian forces in the northeast and southeast to link up.

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