Russian offensive in Donetsk continues around Bakhmut

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Russian offensive in Donetsk continues around Bakhmut

Ukraine's General Staff said in its morning situation report that Russia is pushing ahead with its offensive in Donetsk and that fierce fighting has erupted in Bakhmut, reported DW, quoting agencies.

The town of Bakhmut is the linchpin of Ukraine's defense in the eastern Donbas region.

"The Russian occupiers continue to carry out air and missile strikes on military and civilian objects on the territory of Ukraine," military officials said.

Ukrainian troops in the Donbas region are headquartered around Slovyansk and Kramatorsk, in an area that before the war was home to half a million people. The Donbas consists of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions and is currently about 60% occupied by Russian forces or forces backed by Russia.

In the east, the Ukrainian line of defense is secured along the towns of Siversk, Soledar and Bakhmut, but that line is now coming under attack as Russian troops are on the outskirts of Siversk and Soledar. The Bakhmut traffic junction has seen the heaviest fighting with shelling and artillery pounding the area.

There is also fighting on the outskirts of Donetsk, where the Russians hope to push the Ukrainian positions back. Ukraine's General Staff said it had repelled several Russian attacks on the tiny town of Avdiivka.

Russian offensive in Donetsk continues around Bakhmut

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