Last night, Ukrainian officials claimed their forces had recaptured Klishchiivka, a village just south of Bakhmut.
Now, leading US think tank The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) has confirmed the reports, saying it has geolocated footage of Ukrainian forces holding up flags in the area.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has congratulated the Ukrainian 80th Air Assault Brigade, 5th Assault Brigade, 95th Air Assault Brigade, and National Police Assault Brigade for their role in liberating the settlement.
Not only that, but the ISW said Ukraine has also launched “successful operations” elsewhere in the Bakhmut direction.
“Further geolocated footage posted on 16 September shows that Ukrainian forces have captured positions east of Orikhovo-Vasylivka,” it said in its daily update.
“The liberation of Klishchiivka, as well as continued Ukrainian tactical gains northwest of Bakhmut, are tactical gains of strategic significance because they are allowing Ukrainian forces to fix a considerable portion of Russian airborne (VDV) elements in the Bakhmut area,” it said.
The liberation of Klishchiivka came less than 48 hours after Ukrainian forces recaptured another village called Andrivka, which is around 3km away from Bakhmut.