Pro-Russia DPR Says It Has Taken Ukrainian Fortified Positions
The pro-Russia, so-called Donetsk People’s Republic has taken fortified positions that were held by Ukrainian forces until recently, as these images show.
The footage was obtained from the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) along with a statement on Friday, June 24, saying that they had “knocked out Ukrainian forces from fortified positions, from where they had shelled residential areas of Gorlovka.”
Gorlovka is the Russian name for the city of Horlivka, which is located in the Donetsk Oblast of eastern Ukraine.
An unnamed spokesperson for the DPR also said: “We are in a position that a month ago was Ukrainian.”
We have not been able to independently verify the claims or the footage.
We have contacted the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) representatives for further comment, as well as the Russian and the Ukrainian Defense Ministries but haven’t received a reply at the time of writing.
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