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Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat : Russia Says Its Forces Take Control of Yasnobrodivka in Eastern Ukraine

 Smoke rises after recent Russian air strikes, near a memorial to soldiers who died in World War Two, in the town of Toretsk, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, near a front line in Donetsk region, Ukraine July 3, 2024. (Reuters)
Smoke rises after recent Russian air strikes, near a memorial to soldiers who died in World War Two, in the town of Toretsk, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, near a front line in Donetsk region, Ukraine July 3, 2024. (Reuters)
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Russia Says Its Forces Take Control of Yasnobrodivka in Eastern Ukraine

 Smoke rises after recent Russian air strikes, near a memorial to soldiers who died in World War Two, in the town of Toretsk, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, near a front line in Donetsk region, Ukraine July 3, 2024. (Reuters)
Smoke rises after recent Russian air strikes, near a memorial to soldiers who died in World War Two, in the town of Toretsk, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, near a front line in Donetsk region, Ukraine July 3, 2024. (Reuters)

Russia's defense ministry said on Tuesday that its forces took control of Yasnobrodivka settlement in Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine, it said in a report on the Telegram messaging app.

Ukraine acknowledged no such loss and identified the village as one of several where its forces were defending positions.

The Russian defense ministry, in its daily report on the front, said: "As a result of decisive actions, units of the 'center' group of forces liberated the Yasnoborivka settlement...and improved their tactical positions."

Ukraine's General Staff said the village was one of nine in the Pokrovsk sector of Donetsk region, west of the Russian-held town of Donetsk, where its forces had withstood more than 20 Russian attempts to advance over the past 24 hours.

The report said the Pokrovsk sector had seen the highest number of clashes along the 1,000-km (600-mile) front line.

Reuters could not independently verify battlefield accounts from either side.

Russia's military says it has captured a string of villages in its slow drive through Ukraine's Donetsk region after it captured the key town of Avdiivka in February.

DeepState, a popular Ukrainian military blog, made no mention of Yasnoborivka in its frontline accounts, but reported heavy fighting in nearby areas. It said Russian forces were trying to secure control over two villages further north.

"Today is another difficult day in the area," it said.



Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat : Russian Passenger Jet Crashes Flying Empty Crashes Near Moscow, Killing its Crew of 3

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 went down in the Moscow region, according to Russian emergency officials. - The AP
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 went down in the Moscow region, according to Russian emergency officials. - The AP
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Russian Passenger Jet Crashes Flying Empty Crashes Near Moscow, Killing its Crew of 3

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 went down in the Moscow region, according to Russian emergency officials. - The AP
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 went down in the Moscow region, according to Russian emergency officials. - The AP

A Russian passenger jet crashed Friday while flying without passengers, killing its crew of three, officials said.

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 went down in the Moscow region, according to Russian emergency officials.

The authorities said the plane belonged to Gazprom Avia, a carrier owned by the Russian state-controlled natural gas giant Gazprom.

They said the plane took off from an aircraft-making plant at Lukhovitsy 110 kilometers (68 miles) southeast of the Russian capital where it had undergone repairs. It was heading to Moscow's Vnukovo airport when it crashed.

The Investigative Committee, the country's top state criminal investigation agency, has launched a probe into the crash.

A Sukhoi Superjet crashed at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport in May 2019, killing 41. It was struck by lightning and made an emergency landing shortly after takeoff. The probe blamed the pilot, concluding that he landed the plane heavy with unburned fuel at excessive speed, resulting in a rough touchdown that sparked a fire.