Russia is focusing its offensive action in the directions of Lyman, Bakhmut and Avdiivka in eastern Ukraine, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said in its situational update Wednesday.
“It is trying to improve the tactical situation at the Kupyansk direction,” the General Staff added.
“In the Kupyansk and Lyman directions, 15 settlements were shelled with tanks and the entire range of artillery,” the General Staff said.
Kupyansk, in Kharkiv region, and Lyman, in Donetsk region, were liberated by Ukrainian forces at the end of September.
“In the Bakhmut and Avdiivka directions, areas of more than 30 settlements were shelled,” it added.
Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service said it had repelled assaults and captured Russian positions in the Bakhmut direction, in an update on Wednesday.
“During the battle, 9 occupiers were killed, about 20 more were wounded. Currently, the Defense Forces have advanced 300 meters and are consolidating their positions,” the State Border Guard Service said.
Other impacted areas: Meanwhile, in the southern Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions, more than 40 settlements were fired on in the past day, the General Staff said.
“They do not stop terrorizing the civilian population of cities and towns along the west bank of the Dnipro river,” it added.
CNN is unable to verify these battlefield claims.