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Kiev says the eastern front has ‘deteriorated’, while Russia claims the village

Ukrainian Commander-in-Chief Oleksandr Syrsky said on Saturday that the situation on the eastern front has deteriorated significantly and Russia claims the capture of a village near the occupied industrial city of Avdiivka.

“The situation on the eastern front has deteriorated significantly in recent days,” said Syrsky, who took over as commander-in-chief in February after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed his popular predecessor, Valery Zaluzhny.

Russia’s Defense Ministry announced that its forces had “liberated” the village of Pervomaiske in the Donetsk region, about 7 miles (11 km) west of the largely destroyed city of Avdiivka, which was captured by Russia in mid-February.

Ukraine has not confirmed this. The army said on Friday it had repelled attacks on the village.

Syrsky spoke last month of “a significant intensification of the enemy’s offensive after the presidential elections in Russia.”

The commander-in-chief added that decisions were being made “to strengthen the most problematic areas of defense with electronic warfare and air defense.”

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In the southern region of Zaporizhia, Russia accused Ukraine on Saturday of killing 10 people by shelling the occupied city of Tokmak.

The city fell into Russian hands at the beginning of the invasion.

Ukrainian authorities in Zaporizhia said Russia had attacked the region more than 400 times in the past day, including from aircraft.

Ukraine has also said the situation around the eastern frontline town of Chasiv Yar is “difficult and tense” as the area is “constantly under fire.”

Khasiv Yar is located 20 kilometers west of the city of Bakhmut, which was razed by months of artillery fire before being captured by Moscow last May.

Russia is now securing new territorial gains and trying to move forward against Ukrainian units hampered by delays in the delivery of vital Western military aid.

“The enemy is actively attacking our positions in the Lyman and Bakhmut sectors… In the Pokrovsk sector they are trying to break through our defenses with the help of dozens of tanks and armored personnel carriers,” Syrsky said.

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“The issue of achieving technical superiority over the enemy in the field of high-tech weapons has been raised again. Only this will allow us to defeat a greater enemy,” Syrsky said.

– Training push –

“The second serious problem is to improve the quality of training of military personnel, especially infantry units, so that they can make the most of the capabilities of military equipment and Western weapons,” Syrsky added.

Ukraine’s European allies are conducting a training campaign for its armed forces.

French Defense Minister Sebastien Lecornu said Friday that future Ukrainian fighter pilots likely to fly American F-16 aircraft will receive their initial training in the south of France.

Other countries, including the Netherlands, Denmark and Romania, are trying to help Ukraine train pilots.

After undergoing initial training in Britain, some Ukrainians are now undergoing “advanced training” at a secret location to learn how to fly fighter jets, a military source said.

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