Copyright © 2021 Euromaidanpress.com

The work of Euromaidan Press is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation

When referencing our materials, please include an active hyperlink to the Euromaidan Press material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. To reprint anything longer, written permission must be acquired from [email protected].

Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Ukraine’s military: Ukraine withdraws from Lastochkyne, digs in defenses further west

Ukraine has withdrawn its forces from the village of Lastochkyne in the Donetsk Oblast, moving west to prepared defensive positions, a military spokesman said on 26 Feb. The retreat comes after days of heavy Russian bombardment.
Lastochkyne
The mark shows the village Lastochkyne in Donetsk Oblast, 26 February 2024. Credit: schreenshot from the DeepStateMap
Ukraine’s military: Ukraine withdraws from Lastochkyne, digs in defenses further west

Ukrainian forces withdrew from the village of Lastochkyne, located 6 km from Avdiivka in the Donetsk Oblast, the spokesman for the Operational and Strategic Group Tavria Dmytro Lykhoviy, said on a national TV broadcast on 26 February.

A day before, analysts from the DeepState project reported that Russian troops had taken the village. However, Lykhoviy claimed Ukraine’s Defense Forces only withdrew to the western outskirts of Lastochkyne village, where they took up prepared defensive positions.

According to Lykhoviy, the Ukrainian military withdrew from the village and now plans to organize a defense along the line of settlements Orlivka, Tonenke, and Berdychi to prevent the advance of Russian troops westward.

The hottest spots reportedly remain in the Avdiivka and Maryanka directions. In the Avdiivka direction, our troops repelled 25 enemy attacks. In the Maryanka direction, they repelled 40. According to the spokesperson, this is the highest rate in recent days.

“Despite Russia’s pressure, Ukrainian units are actively defending, acting maneuverable,” Likhovoi said.

He also said that Russia increased the number of air strikes in the said operational area in the past day 45. There were also 72 assault actions, 897 artillery shelling, and 83 drone kamikaze strikes.

Read also:

You could close this page. Or you could join our community and help us produce more materials like this.  We keep our reporting open and accessible to everyone because we believe in the power of free information. This is why our small, cost-effective team depends on the support of readers like you to bring deliver timely news, quality analysis, and on-the-ground reports about Russia's war against Ukraine and Ukraine's struggle to build a democratic society. A little bit goes a long way: for as little as the cost of one cup of coffee a month, you can help build bridges between Ukraine and the rest of the world, plus become a co-creator and vote for topics we should cover next. Become a patron or see other ways to support. Become a Patron!

To suggest a correction or clarification, write to us here

You can also highlight the text and press Ctrl + Enter

Please leave your suggestions or corrections here