Ukrainian officials say that the Russians suffered heavy losses in three hotspots along the front lines
Ukrainian officials say Russian forces have continued to bombard across the Donetsk region, with more than 200 attacks on the Bakhmut region in the last 24 hours alone – but they suggest the Russians are losing hundreds of lives a day on Front line.
The eastern city of Bakhmut Serhii Cherevatyi, spokesman for the armed forces’ Eastern Group, said it remained “the main focus of the enemy’s attack”.
Cherevatyi said it is difficult to know if the intensity of Russian attacks around Bakhmut will decrease because of factors such as weather, rotation of units or reserves put in place by the Russians.
However, he said Russia’s tactics remained the same with small tactical groups “trying to weaken our defenses”. He said soldiers from the Wagner mercenary group are near Bakhmut, with the Russian army providing reinforcements as needed.
“We took them down. In fact, there won’t be any more Wagner fighters in a short time if they continue the same momentum,” Cherevatyi said.
Cherevatyi made a distinction between the battle for Bakhmut and the battle elsewhere. He said further north, Wagner less proof around Lyman and Kupyanskwhere Russian regular forces, backed by the Luhansk militia, have carried out more than 400 attacks in the past day.
“The main task now is to resist and destroy the enemy’s forces, while the units are being trained both in Ukraine and abroad, equipped with new defense equipment and coordinated with each other,” Cherevatyi said.
in and around the town of AvdiivkaIn the Donetsk region, intense Russian bombing and air strikes continue to target Ukraine’s defenses.
“The whole time we were in the city, there were explosions. We didn’t see a single building that was not damaged. Unfortunately, there are still civilians in Avdiivka. People live in basements.” military spokesman Oleksiy Dmytrashkivskyi said.
However, he said many residents are reluctant to leave, especially the elderly, and the city has been without power since May last year.
Dmytrashkivskyi said that the Russians were trying to break through the town “and these attacks were constantly accompanied by shelling. Yesterday, the enemy made 26 attacks and suffered considerable losses. More than 100 people were killed and more than 240 injured,” he declared. “During the day, they attack with the help of aircraft, artillery and manpower. They are suffering heavy losses in manpower and equipment.”