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Russia claims the conquest of a locality in eastern Ukraine

The Russian army claims to have taken Pavlivka, a town in eastern Ukraine, a rare success claimed by Moscow after weeks of setbacks and retreats. “On November 14, after fierce fighting, Russian soldiers completely liberated the town of Pavlivka, in the Donetsk People’s Republic,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a brief statement without further details, using the name given by Russia to this region of eastern Ukraine which Moscow claims to be annexed.

At the beginning of November, the media had echoed violent fighting near this town which would have left hundreds dead, injured and missing on the Russian side. A Russian official had admitted losses, but not of such magnitude. The announcement of the capture of this locality comes a few days after the humiliating Russian retreat from part of the Ukrainian region of Kherson (south), including the city of the same name, where Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited today today.

The Russian army also abandoned most of the Kharkiv region in northeastern Ukraine in early September, another major setback. By spring, Russian forces had already had to give up their assault on kyiv in the face of fierce Ukrainian resistance, and had withdrawn from northern Ukraine. The regions of Donetsk and Kherson are, with those of Lugansk (east) and Zaporijjia (south), the four regions of Ukraine which Moscow claims the annexation.

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