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12:02 am: Russia’s TASS news agency said on Friday, citing separatist forces, that they and Russian troops had taken full control of Pisky in the Donetsk region, a fortified village occupied by Ukrainian troops and close to the city of Donetsk, which is a part of Russian territory. Support is in the hands of separatist forces.
But Oleksey Erestovich, adviser to the President of Ukraine, said: “There is little evidence of any movement here. They (the Russians) tried to move forward but it was unsuccessful.”
Ukraine has turned the village into a stronghold, seeing it as a buffer against Russian-backed forces, placing the city of Donetsk about 10 km to the southeast.
TASS also said that fighting was taking place in the city of Bakhmut, north of Donetsk, and that Russia was the next main target.
Erestovich said Ukrainian forces had recaptured two villages near Izum in the Kharkiv region bordering Russia and were advancing on a third.
Reuters could not confirm claims from both sides about developments on the battlefield.
Some information in this report has been received from Reuters.