Russia’s Defence Ministry reports capturing Klishchiivka village near Ukraine’s Bakhmut

The Russian Ministry of Defence has captured the Klishchiivka village, located to the south of the city of Bakhmut, Donetsk region of Ukraine, the ministry reports in its daily bulletin.

The village was captured by “volunteers from assault detachments, supported by Operational-Tactical and Army Aviation, Missile Troops and Artillery of the Southern Military District”, the defence agency notes.

The self-proclaimed Donetsk “people’s republic” territorial defence HQ reported earlier today that the village of Klishchiivka had been captured. Yesterday, 19 January, Yevgeny Prigozhin, founder of PMC Wagner, said that control had been established over the village. According to Prigozhin, the village was captured “exclusively by the Wagner Group units”. However, the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces reported yesterday to have repelled an attack in the area of the Klishchiivka village.

The Klishchiivka village is of strategic importance, seeing as capturing it can lead to blocking the Kostyantynivka — Bakhmut highway. Control over the highway would allow Russian forces to block the city of Bakhmut from the south-east.

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