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Reuters: Russia says it thwarts big attack in Ukraine but Russian mercenary leader says some ground lost 

KYIV (Reuters) – Moscow said on Monday it had thwarted a major Ukrainian offensive in the south of Ukraine’s Donetsk region but Russia’s main mercenary leader said Russian forces had lost ground around Bakhmut further north. 

Asked whether the attacks represented the start of Ukraine’s long-heralded counter-offensive against Russia’s invasion, Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of Ukraine’s Security and Defence Council, told Reuters: “The war continues. Until complete victory.” 

Russia’s defence ministry said Ukraine had attacked on Sunday morning with six mechanised and two tank battalions in southern Donetsk, where Moscow has long suspected Ukraine would seek to drive a wedge through Russian-controlled territory.  

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Live: Russia claims to have thwarted major Ukrainian offensive in Donetsk — France 24
 

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Ukrainian forces step up operations on several sectors south of Donetsk — DPR official — TASS
 

Kiev loses 300 troops, 16 tanks in failed offensive south of Donetsk — Russian top brass — TASS 

‘Large-scale’ Ukrainian offensive repelled – Russian MOD — RT
 

Ukrainian army’s offensive attempt failed — Russian Defense Ministry — TASS
 

Kiev Failed to Achieve Goals During Attempted Offensive, Lost Up to 300 Troops – Russian MoD — Sputnik
 

Quotes: Russian Statement on What It Says Was a Major Ukrainian Attack — Reuters
 

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