Russian forces have established full control over the strategic settlement of Peski in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), the Russian Defense Ministry said.
“Following the offensive of the allied forces [Russian troops and DPR militia] the colony of Peski has been entirely liberated” Ukrainian army, ministry spokesman Lt. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in his daily briefing on Saturday.
Peski, located about 2 km from Donetsk airport, was one of the main pillars of Ukraine’s elaborate line of defense in the DPR.
The settlement had been heavily fortified since 2015. A DPR militia commander told Russian Channel One last week that the area had been turned into a “literally a large garrison,” from where all the civilians were evacuated a long time ago. All the buildings in Peski are surrounded by trenches, while the Ukrainian defenses had been set up in “according to NATO standards”, he underlined.
The joint operation to seize the settlement began in late July and saw intense fighting and artillery bombardment. In early August, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky described the situation in Peski and near Avdeevka saying that “It’s just hell out there. It can’t even be described in words.
Meanwhile, strikes against Kyiv’s military forces and infrastructure have continued in other parts of Ukraine over the past 24 hours, Konashenkov said.
Among other things, a HIMARS multiple rocket launcher and a warehouse that stored its ammunition were destroyed near the city of Kramatorsk in the DPR, according to the spokesman.
More than a hundred Ukrainian soldiers and members of the nationalist group Right Sector were also killed in a strike near the DPR village of Starye Terny, Konashenkov added.
Right-sector radicals played a key role in the violent coup in kyiv in 2014 and then took an active part in the fighting in Donbass over the next two years.
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