"Ukraine always gets its own back": a photo with the Ukrainian flag in Klishchiyivka has been published, and the soldiers have clarified it
The head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Andriy Yermak, posted a photo of Ukrainian soldiers holding the national flag and battle banners of their units against the backdrop of a destroyed building. He wrote that "Ukraine always gets its own back."
Yermak did not specify where the photo was taken, but information appeared online that it could have been taken in Klishchiyivka near Bakhmut. Instead, the "Luty" brigade, whose battle flag is in the photo, said that an active assault on the village is still ongoing, so they cannot confirm that Klishchiyivka has come under the control of Ukrainian soldiers.
In the photo, in addition to the blue and yellow flag of Ukraine, the defenders also unfurled the battle banners of the Tsunami regiment and the Lut National Police Brigade, which includes this regiment.
The network has already suggested that the defenders returned Ukrainian flags to Klishchiyivka: it was near this settlement that the fighters of the "Tsunami" regiment have recently been fighting hard.
In particular, journalist Yuriy Butusov wrote about this.
"Our soldiers unfurled the flag of Ukraine and the banners of combat brigades in the village of Klishchiyivka. It is known that fierce fighting has been going on in this village in recent days. There is no official information on the liberation of the village. Klishchiyivka is a very important settlement from a strategic point of view, especially in the context of the further offensive in the Bakhmut direction. It is located on the dominant heights to the south of Bakhmut, which makes it possible to survey the territory and control the movement of enemy forces," noted Butusov.
According to DeepState, the Russians are currently trying to hold the village.
"The cleansing of Klishchiyivka continues, the enemy is trying to get a foothold on the edge of the village, because it has media value for them," they said on September 17.
There have been no official statements on the possible transfer of Klishchiyivka to the control of the Ukrainian Defense Forces. And the press service of the Lut brigade, whose flag is held by the soldiers in the photo published by Yermak, told Suspilne journalists that active assault operations are underway in Klishchiyivka, so they cannot confirm one hundred percent control over the village as of now.
To recap, the Ukrainian Armed Forces have previously stated that the enemy is withdrawing from Klishchiyivka. For example, on September 6, the head of the press service of the Eastern Military Group, Ilya Yevlash, noted that Ukrainian troops were consolidating their positions on the liberated borders.
"The enemy is suffering losses in manpower and equipment on the southern flank near Bakhmut. The enemy continues to retreat. Our defenders are making progress in the Klishchiyivka sector, liberating our land from the occupiers meter by meter. We continue to gain a foothold in the liberated areas," Yevlash emphasized at the time.