Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said the town of Pesky, on the outskirts of Donetsk, had been completely liberated by allied forces.
“As a result of offensive operations by allied forces, the Pesky settlement of the (self-proclaimed) Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has been completely liberated,” the spokesman said.
Located a few kilometers from Donetsk city, the position allowed Ukrainian troops to bomb from a short distance.
Control of Pesky, in Donetsk’s northwest exit, 10 kilometers from the city center and in close proximity to Sergei Prokofiev International Airport, allowed Ukrainian troops to bombard the DPR capital.
In recent days, Donetsk and allied forces from Russia have redoubled efforts to liberate the area around the city, thereby averting a continuing threat to civilians.
DPR People’s Militia Deputy Chief Eduard Basurin earlier said that the main hostilities in Donetsk region were around the settlements of Maryinka, Peski and Avdeevka.
Contrary to the information published by the Russian side, the Ukrainian military command denied that the Russian army had taken control of the city of Pesky in the Donetsk region in the east of the country.
“The aggressor is trying to break through our defensive line towards Peschi, but the fighting continues,” the General Staff said via its Facebook account.
Russia has accused Kyiv forces in recent weeks of launching attacks from Pesky against the city of Donetsk, which is controlled by pro-Russian militias.
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