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On February 24, 2022, Russia launched its special military operation in Ukraine, aiming to liberate and defend the inhabitants of the Donbass region, where people have been suffering from a blockade and regular attacks by the Kiev regime's forces since 2014.

'Death Trap': Ukrainian Soldiers Fail to Reclaim Rabotino Settlement, Zaporozhye Official Says

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A destroyed tank of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Russian special operation zone in Ukraine. File photo - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 12.05.2024
Earlier, Zaporozhye Governor Yevgeny Balitsky explained to Sputnik that Rabotino is an important symbol for Ukrainian troops and "the Ukrainian Armed Forces paid a heavy price of thousands of human lives for this piece of crippled land and lost a huge amount of equipment" during the counteroffensive.
Rabotino village in the Zaporozhye region has become a death trap for Ukrainian soldiers after their attempts to reclaim it from Russian control resulted in an immediate rendezvous with their “Bandera daddy” [death], member of the Civic Chamber of Russia and Zaporozhye official Vladimir Rogov told Sputnik.

“The enemy dug in behind the village, in the cemetery. The attempts to counterattack in order to reclaim lost positions in the village failed. Our soldiers forced the enemy to flee. They lost servicemen and retreated back," said Rogov.

He added that Ukrainian officers are constantly sending in new reserves in futile attempts to storm Rabotino. Kiev insists that its temporary control of this hamlet was a key achievement of the counteroffensive of summer 2023.
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In order to seize Rabotino, Ukraine deployed Western-trained brigades reserved for strategic operations.
However, Kiev's attempts were futile since in February, Russia's “valiant soldiers entered Rabotino, completely neutralizing the short-term success of the Ukrainian Armed Forces," Balitsky stressed.
According to Rogov, the village of Rabotino is now in the “grey zone” which means that Ukrainian troops no longer control it. Russia's Ministry of Defense reported that several Ukrainian counterattacks on Rabotino were thwarted this week.