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Russia sets its sights on capturing border village of Lyptsi

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Published Time: 16.05.2024 - 17:40:25 Modified Time: 16.05.2024 - 17:40:25

Military edges closer to Kharkiv region settlement as Ukraine thwarts separate attack on northern town of Vovchansk ROMAN PILIPEY/AFP via Getty Images Russian forces have launched a bid to capture the village of Lyptsi as they continue a new offensive on Ukraine’s north-eastern region of Kharkiv

Military edges closer to Kharkiv region settlement as Ukraine thwarts separate attack on northern town of Vovchansk

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Russian forces have launched a bid to capture the village of Lyptsi as they continue a new offensive on Ukraine’s north-eastern region of Kharkiv.

“Next is the settlement of Lyptsi – our guys are already on the outskirts. Work is beginning to liberate it, aviation and artillery are working constantly, they do not stop,” said Vitaly Ganchev, a pro-Russian official installed in occupied eastern Ukraine.

It came as Ukraine repelled a separate assault on the northern town of Vovchansk, a highly sought-after target by Moscow since it launched a wider incursion last week.

The Ukrainian army said it had managed to push back enemy troops from the outskirts of the town, adding that Russia had lost more than 100 soldiers in the latest attack.

The capture of Vovchansk, which is close to the Russian border, would mark the most significant territorial grab for Russia in its latest offensive, though Ukraine says it is of little strategic value.

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