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Ukrainian forces are putting pressure on areas that Russia considers essential to its war aims, according to the latest British Ministry of Defence update. 

The update states: “In the last three days, Ukrainian forces have secured bridgeheads on the east bank of the Oskil River in Kharkiv Oblast.

“Russia has attempted to integrate the Oskil into a consolidated defensive line following its forces’ withdrawals earlier in the month.

“To the south, in Donetsk Oblast, fighting is ongoing as Ukrainian forces assault the town of Lyman, east of the Siverskyy Donets River, which Russia captured in May.

“The battlefield situation remains complex, but Ukraine is now putting pressure on territory Russia considers essential to its war aims.”