Russia-Ukraine War: Kupiansk Evacuated as Fighting Escalates
Kupiansk, a town in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine, has been evacuated as fighting between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces escalates. The town is just 25 miles from the Russian border, making it a key location in the conflict.
The evacuation order was issued after reports of heavy shelling and gunfire in the area, with civilians urged to flee to safety. Ukrainian forces have reportedly been advancing in the area, while separatists have been launching attacks in an attempt to push them back.
The escalation of violence comes as Russia eyes a 60-day extension of a grain deal with Ukraine, amid ongoing talks aimed at resolving the conflict. The deal, which allows Russia to import grain from Ukraine, was due to expire in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, the war in Ukraine continues to rage, reaching its 384th day since the invasion began. The conflict has resulted in the deaths of thousands of civilians and soldiers, and has sparked international condemnation.
The situation in Ukraine remains tense, with both sides trading accusations and engaging in military action. The international community has called for an end to the violence, and for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.