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Ukrainian army recaptures Pivdenne village in Donbas

It is being held by a combined unit of the 24th detached motorized brigade.

The Ukrainian army has recaptured the village of Pivdenne, Donetsk Region, the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) press centre has said.

It recalled that the enemy got active in Pivdenne in early April. Twice a week illegal paramilitary groups visited Pivdenne to check local residents' loyalty to the Ukrainian authorities and make a case of being there.

The brigade HQ developed a plan how to take Pivdenne under its control. At 2 a.m. on 8 May, its reconnaissance units began implementing this plan.

By 6 a.m. on 8 May, the brigade's units approached the eastern outskirts of Pivdenne. During the first stage of the recapturing operation, the brigade incurred no losses. According to the JFP HQ, the enemy had one fighter killed and another wounded.

"Since 11 a.m. on 8 May, using sabotage and reconnaissance groups and shooting at the brigade's units on firing positions, the enemy has been trying to squeeze them out of Pivdenne. By returning fire, the brigade inflicted significant losses on the enemy: at least 15 people were killed and wounded," the report reads.

One Ukrainian serviceman was lightly wounded during the operation.

"Currently, the situation in Pivdenne is difficult but controllable. The combat task to hold Pivdenne is being implemented by a combined unit of the 24th detached motorized brigade," the HQ said.

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