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Ukrainian officials say troops took back territory near Mariupol and Kharkiv

A Ukrainian soldier in a trench on the outskirts of Mykolaiv, Ukraine, March 26, 2022.(AP/Petros Giannakouris)
A Ukrainian soldier in a trench on the outskirts of Mykolaiv, Ukraine, March 26, 2022.(AP/Petros Giannakouris)

Ukrainian forces recaptured two villages from Russia, according Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia regional military administration.

The counterattack takes place 63 miles (103 kilometers) northwest of the besieged city of Mariupol.

“The Melitopol Territorial Defense Battalion, together with other units of the Zaporizizhia Defense Forces, have successfully liberated the villages of Poltavka and Malynivka east of Huliaipole from the Russian occupiers,” the administration says, according to CNN.

Satellite imagery indicates heavy fighting took place in the two villages in the past day.

Separately, a Ukrainian counterattack that began on Friday near Kharkiv recaptured several villages, local officials say.

The communities are about 12 miles (20 kilometers) east of central Kharkiv.

Unverified videos posted online claim to show combat in one of the villages, called Vilkhivka.

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