Ukraine’s forces continue to repel Russian forces from Bakhmut and Avdiivka, Kyiv says, despite a Moscow-installed official’s claim that progress is being made.
Russia making no headway in Bakhmut, Ukraine says
Russian forces are relentless in their attempts to capture the bombed-out eastern Ukrainian towns of Bakhmut and Avdiivka but were not making progress, Ukraine’s military says, but a pro-Moscow official says the Russians are advancing.
The two towns along with other communities in the industrial Donetsk region were at the epicentre of Russia’s attacks, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said.
“The enemy continues its assault on the city of Bakhmut. However, our defenders courageously hold the city, repel numerous enemy attacks,” the General Staff said on Wednesday, adding that Ukrainian forces had fended off 57 Russian attacks on Bakhmut and other towns.
Britain’s defence ministry said Russian forces had made only “marginal progress” in an attempt to encircle Avdiivka and had lost many armoured vehicles and tanks.