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Ukrainian military: Battle for Lastochkyne continues

Earlier, some Ukrainian analysts reported that Russian troops had taken the village.
Ukrainian troops on the frontline. Photo: General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine via Facebook
Ukrainian military: Battle for Lastochkyne continues

Ukrainian troops have not retreated from Lastochkyne west of Avdiivka, according to spokesman for the Tavria operational group Dmytro Lykhoviy.

“In the Avdiivka direction, units of Ukraine’s Defense Forces withdrew to the western outskirts of Lastochkyne village, where they took up prepared defensive positions,” he said.

Lykhoviy emphasized that fierce fighting continues, with Russians employing guided aviation bombs, artillery and FPV drones.

Russian gains around Lastochkyne as of 24 February 2024. Map by DeepState

Earlier, several Ukrainian sources, including the Deepstate project, reported that the town of Lastochkyne west of Avdiivka had fallen to Russian forces. Ukrainian troops had abandoned Avdiivka on February 16 after four months of a relentless Russian assault on the town, despite heavy losses. Avdiivka is located right next to the city of Donetsk, occupied by Russia ten years ago.

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