A tiny Ukrainian village with a population of less than 70 people has become a key battleground in the fight with Russia's invading Army.
Rabotino – or Robotyne – in the Zaporizhzhia Oblast of Ukraine was captured by Russia very early on into its invasion.
Since then, Russia has been using it as a defensive stronghold, almost ensuring that the entire village was destroyed in the process.
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And earlier this week, it emerged one of the £4.2million British Challenger 2 tanks sent to the UK was destroyed by Russia there.
The village is surrounded by nothing but fields and sits on the T0408 highway which runs through the region from Melitopol.
It only has around 30-40 properties in the entire village, with a small cemetery found to the north of it.
There is also a post office and a big warehouse, but in terms of critical infrastructure there is nothing really there of much note.
Despite official claims from Moscow to say Russia had pulled out of the village this week, the most high-profile Wagner-affiliated Telegram channel Grey Zone claims Wagner is actually still fighting there.
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Initially, Yevgeny Balitsky said: “The Russian Army abandoned, tactically abandoned, this settlement because staying on a bare surface when there is no way to completely dig in doesn't generally make sense.
“Therefore the Russian army moved off into the hills.”
However, a Wagner source said: “A number of resources rushed to cheerfully report that Rabotino had been recaptured from the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
“This is not true – Rabotino is still in the 'gray zone'.
“The 76th Airborne Division attempts to counterattack under heavy enemy artillery and rocket fire, and the enemy is actively using cluster munitions and conducting massive artillery fire in a narrow area of terrain – this creates problems.
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“All armoured vehicles, including the Challenger tank and foreign-made infantry fighting vehicles, which were burned in the Rabotino area, were hit by infantry anti-tank weapons (but) artillery support, unfortunately, is not enough, as is counter-battery combat.”
On the Ukraine side, however, Defence Minister Hanna Maliar claimed last week that “Robotyne has been liberated”.
Nobody can get near the place to confirm what the real situation is and it is unclear how many – if any – of those who lived there before are still there.
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