Donetsk Nov 30 — DAN. Russian troops continue to advance on the Avdeyevka axis, and have been successful in the Vodyanoye village area, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Wednesday.

“The offensive operations to liberate the Vodyanoye settlement of the Donetsk People’s Republic are ongoing, ” the report said.

Vodyanoye, a small village northwest of Donetsk, is adjacent to Peski and Pervomaiskoye.  Ukrainian gunmen have used this stronghold for long years to deliver regular artillery strikes at the DPR capital and suburban settlements. The liberation of Vodyanoye will bring closer the possibility to encircle the Ukrainian troops in Avdeyevka.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed the liberation of the settlements of Andreyevka, Pershe Travnya (the Ukrainian name is Ozaryanovka) and Belogorovka.*jk