The front line in eastern Ukraine is still the “epicenter” of the fighting, a Ukrainian official said on Friday – although it’s “tense” on all fronts.
Hanna Maliar, Ukraine’s deputy defense minister, said on Telegram: “The situation is tense in all parts of the front line. The east is the epicenter… heavy fighting continues,” she wrote.
Maliar said that Ukrainian troops were “engaged in active combat” around the embattled city of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region, leaving Russia on the defensive, “pulling together reserves and trying to hold its positions.”
Maliar's statement comes after a Kremlin-backed official in the Zaporizhzhia region told Russian state media that there is “fierce fighting” on Ukraine’s southern front as Kyiv’s troops continue to probe Russian defenses.
“The Ukrainian Armed Forces are making new attempts to attack in different parts of the front. Our troops are doing everything possible to prevent a breakthrough deep into the defense line,” Vladimir Rogov told RIA Novosti.