Russian forces say they have taken control of the village of Blahodatne in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine.
Russia claims village on outskirts of Bakhmut
Russia has claimed to have captured a village just to the north of Bakhmut, a city it is trying to surround in a major push for what would be its biggest battlefield prize in Ukraine in months.
A Belarusian volunteer fighting for Ukraine told Reuters from inside Bakhmut that Russian forces were shelling the city constantly and its troops were trying to encircle it.
Fighting was underway building by building, the volunteer said.
There was no immediate response from Ukraine to Russia’s claim about the village of Blahodatne, and Reuters was not immediately able to verify the situation there.