The claim was issued by Russian-backed forces in Donetsk, one of four regions that the Kremlin claims have been declared illegal by most UN members since the start of the Ukraine war. These measures have been incorporated in Russia.
Klishchiivka, which had a pre-war population of about 400 people, is 6 miles (9 km) south of Bakhmut, where units of Russia’s Wagner mercenary group have been locked in a battle with Ukrainian forces for months.
Wagner said Thursday that he had taken Klashcheva. Reuters could not independently verify the battlefield claims.