< /p> Illustrative photo – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi (pictured on February 1, 2023).
Kyiv – The situation at the front, especially in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, remains extremely difficult, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi said today in his regular evening video message. It is literally a fight for every meter of Ukrainian land, he added. Russian invasion forces shelled Ukrainian troops and cities on the frontline, and much of their artillery fire was concentrated on Bakhmut, Reuters wrote.
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“There is not a single square meter in Bakhmut that is safe or that is not within the range of enemy fire or drones,” the head of the Donetsk region, Pavlo Kyrylenko, said earlier on Ukrainian television, according to which the Russians are shelling Ukrainian targets along the entire front line of the eastern Ukrainian region.< /p>
White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said in Washington today that the Russian military has made gradual progress in its assault on Bakhmut over the past day or two, but it remains unclear whether the city will fall. Kirby further told reporters that if the Russians took control of Bakhmut, “it would not have a strategic impact on the whole war”. and Slovyansk and at the same time would mean a new impetus for Moscow after months of failures on the battlefield. As the anniversary of the invasion approaches, Russia has intensified its operations in eastern and southern Ukraine, and another major offensive by invading troops is widely expected.