Ukraine retakes key town near Donetsk as Russians flee cluster munitions

Ukraine has captured a key strategic village in the southeast after Russian troops were seen fleeing cluster bombs.

Ukrainian forces have recaptured the village of Urozhaine from Russian troops in the southeast and dug in on its outskirts, Kyiv’s deputy defence minister said on Wednesday.

“Urozhaine liberated,” Hanna Maliar said on the Telegram messaging app. “Our defenders are entrenched on the outskirts.”

The village in Donetsk region is part of a cluster of small rural settlements that Ukraine has declared liberated since early June when it started a push against Russian troops who control swathes of the south and east.

Hanna Maliar, a Ukrainian defense minister, said Urozhaine in Donetsk had been “released” in a statement this morning.

She added: “Our defenders are entrenched at the borders. The offensive continues.”

Footage released by the defense ministry shows columns of Russian soldiers being hit by US-supplied cluster munitions, which spray “bomblets” over a wide area.

Seizing Urozhaine allows Kyiv to push forward on its southern counteroffensive. Forces are now expected to target Staromlynivka, a village roughly three miles south, as they head towards the Azov coast.

Ukraine has also breached Russian defences at the town of Robotyne in Zaporizhzhia, according to the Institute for the Study of War think tank.

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