September 23, 2023
December 29, 2022 Russia-Ukraine information
December 29, 2022 Russia-Ukraine information
Troopers of the Ukrainian fifty fifth artillery brigade function on the frontline on Thursday, in Bakhmut. (Pierre Crom/Getty Pictures)

The Ukrainian army says Russian forces have diverted sources to the battle for the important thing metropolis of Bakhmut within the jap Donetsk area however have made no advances.

Brig. Gen. Oleksii Hromov, deputy chief of the Basic Employees’s major operational directorate, advised a briefing Thursday that the state of affairs within the east remained tough for Ukrainian forces, because the Russians carried out offensive actions on a number of fronts, together with Bakhmut, Avdiivka and towards Kupyansk, which was liberated in September.

“The principle efforts of the enemy targeting the Bakhmut course,” Hromov mentioned. “Round Bakhmut, the defenders of Ukraine are resisting as much as 20 assaults of the enemy each day, which is persistently attacking the positions of our troops below the duvet of artillery hearth.”

“With the intention to focus artillery hearth round Bakhmut, the enemy has intentionally lowered the variety of assaults on the positions of our troops within the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia instructions in latest weeks, with ammunition being delivered to the Bakhmut and Lyman instructions,” Hromov mentioned.

Lyman is one other settlement in Donetsk liberated by Ukrainian forces on the finish of September.

“Greater than 40% of the enemy’s artillery assaults alongside the contact line from Kupyansk to Mariinka are within the Bakhmut course,” Hromov mentioned.

Different developments: Hromov mentioned that Ukrainian forces had made gradual progress in the direction of the town of Kreminna within the jap Luhansk area. The town fell to the Russians within the spring.

Ukrainian items had superior as much as 2.5 kilometers (greater than 1 mile) within the course of Kreminna this week, Hromov mentioned. The world has been closely mined by the Russians, in keeping with Ukrainian officers.

Hromov additionally claimed that Russia was starting to arrange defensive strains across the metropolis of Luhansk “in case the Ukrainian Protection Forces break by way of the defensive borders of the Russian occupation troops on the Svatove-Kreminna line and, accordingly, transfer the hostilities nearer” to the realm.

Hromov mentioned that following Russia’s partial mobilization, skilled items continued to be moved to occupied territories of Ukraine. He mentioned that within the southern area of Zaporizhzhia, items of the Russian territorial reserve had been deployed.

“We’re monitoring the motion of enemy items. Presently, there isn’t a vital risk of offensive grouping within the Zaporizhzhia sector.”

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