A Ukrainian army major in the Bakhmut area says the situation remains extremely difficult, but that he believes the Russians are losing their "offensive potential."
Maksym Zhorin said on his Telegram channel that "the main task for the Ukrainian army is to hold the connection corridor, which allows for the supply and evacuation of the wounded."
"Therefore the fighting around this corridor, in the area of Ivankivske and Bohdanivka, is the most difficult," he said.
The two villages sit on routes west from Bakhmut toward the city of Kostiantynivka.
"One thing I can say for sure is that the enemy is gradually running out of offensive potential," Zhorin said. "They have sustained significant losses while trying to advance in the South and in the North, as well as while trying to attack directly through urban areas. Nevertheless, the endless assault attempts continue."
"The Russians have a goal to take Bakhmut at any cost. We have orders to hold the line. We are following our orders."