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Russian units have “suffered significant losses in manpower and equipment” as they try to advance westwards to the borders of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, the Ukrainian military has claimed.

Oleksandr Shtupun, a spokesman for the General Staff of the Armed Forces, said in an update today: “In some areas, the staffing of [Russian] units, as a consequence of hostilities, is less than 20 percent.

“In the Popasna direction, due to heavy losses and the inability to act independently, airborne troops of the armed forces of the Russian Federation are teaming up with representatives of Russian private military companies for further action.”

The ruins of Popasna fell to the Russians earlier this month. Yet, troops seem to have taken little territory in the area since.

While Vladimir Putin’s men have also been trying to push south from Izium for several weeks, according to Mr Shtupunthe, their attempts to conduct offensive and assault operations towards two villages in the region have proven unsuccessful so far.

He also said Russian forces north and east of the city of Kharkiv were trying to defend their positions to “prevent the advance of our troops to the State Border of Ukraine”.

They continued to be focused on shelling towns and villages recently recaptured by Ukraine, Mr Shtupun added.

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