Ukraine war: Kyiv claims success as southern fighting intensifies

Ukraine’s military says it has had success on one of the front lines in southeast Ukraine, as Western officials talk of a major thrust taking place.

In a video published by President Zelensky, Ukrainian troops said they had taken the village of Staromaiorske.

The village, 150km (90 miles) east of the city of Zaporizhzhia, was liberated under dense artillery fire and air strikes, said the army.

Ukraine has not confirmed that it has beefed up its counter-offensive.

But Russian President Vladimir Putin said Ukraine’s attacks had “significantly” intensified.






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