Russian Forces Claim Control of Bohdanivka Village in Donetsk Oblast

Russian forces reportedly capture Bohdanivka village in eastern Ukraine, a step towards the strategic town of Chasiv Yar. Ukraine's defenses are under pressure as it seeks urgent US military aid to counter a potential broader Russian offensive.

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Russian Forces Claim Control of Bohdanivka Village in Donetsk Oblast

Russian Forces Claim Control of Bohdanivka Village in Donetsk Oblast

The Russian Defense Ministry announced that Russian troops have taken full control of the village of Bohdanivka in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk Oblast. Bohdanivka is located just west of the Russian-held city of Bakhmut, which was captured by Russian forces in May 2023 after months of fierce fighting.

While the Ukrainian General Staff acknowledged that Ukrainian forces repelled 13 enemy attacks in Bohdanivka and other villages, they did not provide specific details on the current status of Bohdanivka. Ukraine's Defense Ministry previously denied that Russia had captured all of Bohdanivka, but admitted losing some positions in the village. Unofficial Ukrainian sources have suggested that Bohdanivka is now in Russian hands, based on video footage from the area.

The capture of Bohdanivka is seen as an important step towards the Russian forces' advance towards the town of Chasiv Yar, a heavily fortified Ukrainian army stronghold located about 3 miles west of Bohdanivka. Chasiv Yar serves as a forward artillery base for the Ukrainian army, providing protection for cities like Kramatorsk and Slaviansk. Ukraine has focused on defending Chasiv Yar, which it sees as a vital post in preventing Russian advances westward through the Donetsk region.

Why this matters: The reported Russian control of Bohdanivka marks another incremental gain in Russia's offensive in eastern Ukraine. It puts pressure on the strategic Ukrainian-held town of Chasiv Yar and could enable further Russian advances in the Donetsk Oblast if Ukraine's defenses falter.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he discussed the situation in Chasiv Yar and other frontline hotspots with military leaders. He urged the U.S. to quickly pass the $60 billion aid bill to provide weapons ahead of an anticipated broader Russian offensive in the spring and summer. The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the aid package, and Zelenskyy welcomed this move while calling on Washington to turn the bill into law swiftly.

The report from the Russian Defense Ministry could not be independently verified, and Ukraine has not provided any specific comments on the current situation in Bohdanivka. As outgunned and outmanned Ukrainian forces struggle to hold back Russian troops who have gained ground in recent months, the head of Ukrainian military intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov, warned that the front line situation for Ukraine is likely to steadily deteriorate in the coming weeks.

Key Takeaways

  • Russia claims capture of Bohdanivka village in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk Oblast.
  • Bohdanivka's capture seen as step towards Russian advance on fortified Chasiv Yar.
  • Ukraine acknowledges losing some positions in Bohdanivka but denies full Russian control.
  • Zelenskyy urges U.S. to quickly pass $60 billion aid bill for weapons ahead of anticipated Russian offensive.
  • Ukrainian military intelligence warns front line situation likely to deteriorate in coming weeks.