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Ukrainian forces pushed into Russian-occupied areas in northern Donetsk in a move that the UK Defense Ministry said on Friday was “putting pressure on territory that Russia considers essential to its war objectives.”

The fighting in northern Donestk has been described as “ongoing” as Ukrainian forces launch a counter-offensive on the city of Lyman, which Russia has occupied since May.

Lyman is located about 30 miles east of Izyum in the northeastern region of Kharkiv, where Ukrainian troops made big gains this month by retaking most of the occupied territory and forcing Russian soldiers to retreat.

Ukraine has announced control of the entire region west of the Oskil River, where territory remains disputed by eastern Kharkiv via the Luhansk regions.

UKRAINIANS IN THE TERRITORY SUPPORTED BY CREMLIN VOTE TO ENTER RUSSIA IN THE ‘SHAM REFERENDA’

Armed National Guard soldiers walk along a trench in one of the sections of a defense line outside Kharkiv, in the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine, in August.
(Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy / Ukrinform / Future Publishing via Getty Images)

“Russia has attempted to” integrate “the Osil into an established defensive line following the withdrawal of its forces earlier this month,” the British Defense Ministry said on Friday.

However, for the past three days, Ukrainian forces have “secured bridgeheads on the eastern bank” of the dividing river, suggesting they may be in a better position to retake the rest of Kharkiv before advancing to Luhansk.

The ministry’s announcement comes as Russia launches referendums in Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, despite intense fighting in all four regions.

BLINKEN SAYS MOSCOW ‘BUSSED IN RUSSIANS’ TO VOTE IN SHAM REFERENDA

Kharkiv was previously listed as one of the regions that Russia intended to annex.

Western officials condemned Moscow’s push to illegally seize Ukrainian territory by holding what they called “bogus” elections in eastern and southern Ukraine.

The “voting” will begin on Friday and the polling stations will open on Tuesday.

According to the Russian state-owned media, RIA, the question about the ballot should read: “Do you support the secession from Ukraine, the formation of the region as an independent state and membership of Russia?”

Ukrainian soldiers were seen riding in a troop transport tank during a drill not far from Kharkiv on 30 April.

Ukrainian soldiers were seen riding in a troop transport tank during a drill not far from Kharkiv on 30 April.
(SERGEY BOBOK / AFP via Getty Images)

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Preliminary results will reportedly be released on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy condemned the elections as a “farce” and Western officials have repeatedly pointed to a similar step taken by Russia during the 2014 invasion of Crimea.

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