Ukrainian civilians flee as Russia says it has captured 5 villages

The Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday that Moscow’s forces have captured five villages as part of a renewed ground assault in northeastern Ukraine.

Ukrainian officials haven’t officially confirmed whether Russia had taken the villages, which lie in a contested “gray zone” on the border of Ukraine’s Kharkiv region and Russia.

Ukrainian journalists reported that the villages of Borysivka, Ohirtseve, Pylna, and Strilecha were taken by Russian troops Friday. Russia said the village of Pletenivka was also taken.

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