"Ukrainian forces liberated Klishchiivka, south of Bakhmut, on September 17 and continued successful offensive operations elsewhere in the Bakhmut direction," the Institute for the Study of War said in its latest analysis of Russia's military campaign in Ukraine.
"Geolocated footage posted on September 17 shows Ukrainian forces holding up flags in Klishchiivka (7km southwest of Bakhmut)," the Washington-based think tank reported.
Capt. Ilya Yevlash, spokesman for the Ukrainian Eastern Group of Forces, has confirmed that Ukraine has liberated Klishchiivka, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky congratulated "the Ukrainian 80th Air Assault Brigade, 5th Assault Brigade, 95th Air Assault Brigade, and National Police 'Lyut' Assault Brigade" for their role in liberating the settlement, the ISW said.
It assessed that "the liberation of Klishchiivka, as well as continued Ukrainian tactical gains northwest of Bakhmut, are tactical gains of strategic significance because they are allowing Ukrainian forces to fix a considerable portion of Russian airborne (VDV) elements in the Bakhmut area."
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, launching the largest military campaign in Europe since World War II.
Monday is day 572 of Russia’s war on Ukraine.
Source: PAP, understandingwar.org, ukrinform.net