< /p> A Ukrainian tank near the town of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region, February 12, 2023.
Moscow – Russian troops managed to advance two kilometers to the west on the Ukrainian front in four days. Referring to the statement of the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Interfax agency reported on this today. The ministry did not say in which part of the several hundred kilometer long front line the advance took place, the fiercest fighting is taking place near the town of Bachmut.
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“Russian soldiers broke the enemy's resistance and advanced several kilometers deeper into its defenses,” Interfax quoted the statement as saying. “In four days, the front moved two kilometers to the west,” the ministry added. Information from the battlefield could not be independently verified.
Some of the fiercest fighting in recent months has been taking place in the Donetsk region of southeastern Ukraine, which is partially occupied by Russia and which Moscow wants to fully occupy. The fulcrum of the Ukrainian defense here is Bakhmut, for which heavy fighting has been going on for many months. Russian forces have advanced several kilometers in the northern and southern suburbs here since the beginning of the year. The city, with a pre-war population of 70,000 people, is under threat of encirclement.
Ukrainian Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Valery Zaluzhnyi said on Saturday that Ukrainian troops are holding the defense along the front in the Donetsk region and in some places have managed to regain some previously lost positions .
Moscow also launched an offensive at the border of Kharkiv and Luhansk regions, where Russian forces managed to occupy several villages. On the other hand, previous attacks near the town of Vuhledar in the Donetsk region ended in failure, where the Russians lost dozens of armored vehicles and apparently hundreds of soldiers.