The Russian Defense Ministry announced on Sunday that its forces have taken control of the village of Krokhmalne in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region. A Ukrainian military spokesman subsequently confirmed that Kyiv’s forces had withdrawn from the area, marking a small but noteworthy advance for Russian forces.
The latest territorial gain follows a similar claim made on Thursday by the Russian Defense Ministry, stating that its forces had seized control of the settlement named Vesele in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region. As Russia continues to exert offensive pressure in eastern Ukrainian towns like Kupiansk, Lyman, and Avdiivka, the territorial gains have been modest, with the conflict showing signs of escalation.
Moscow contends that its forces have regained the initiative in multiple areas, citing a failed Ukrainian counter-offensive last year against Russia’s 2022 invasion. The latest announcement highlights the capture of Krokhmalne, a small village southeast of the regional hub Kupiansk in the Kharkiv region. Before the invasion in February 2022, the village was home to approximately 45 people.