Kremlin-backed fighters gain ground, try to surround Ukrainian troops

Kremlin-backed fighters have continued their onslaught against Ukrainian troops in recent days, gaining more territory.

Following reports on the arrival of more Russian regular troops, Kremlin-backed mercenaries have intensified their shelling of Ukrainian troops and are trying to surround them in several areas. The grim situation on the war front prompted the Cabinet to introduce a state of emergency in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts on January 26.

The destroyed Donetsk Airport has been a major bone of contention between Ukrainian and Russian-backed troops.

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