Ukraine has repelled assaults by Russian forces across the front lines in the eastern Donetsk region, the military’s General Staff said on Thursday.
“[Russia] led an offensive in the Mykolaivka-Vyimka direction, was unsuccessful, withdrew,” the General Staff said of Moscow’s push toward the key city of Kramatorsk.
The bulk of the fighting had been concentrated around the town of Bakhmut, which has remained under heavy Russian artillery fire, it said.
“The occupiers launched an offensive in the directions of Volodymyrivka–Soledar, Pokrovske–Bakhmutske, Pokrovske–Bakhmut, Klynove–Bakhmut, Semihiria–Zaitseve, Semihiria–Kodema and Holmivskyi–Zaitseve,” the General Staff said. “The invaders did not achieve any positive results in any of the offensive directions and withdrew with losses.”
Russian forces also had limited success west of Donetsk city, near Avdiivka, it added.
Southern front: Russian forces maintained a defensive posture in the south of Ukraine, specifically around Kherson region, the General Staff said.