Ukraine’s troops are conducting “offensive operations” in the direction of two Russian-held cities, a Ukrainian defense official said on Wednesday.
Deputy defense minister Hanna Maliar said on Telegram that Ukrainian forces over the past day "had partial success, entrenching themselves on the achieved front lines and leveling the front line.”
Melitopol and Berdyansk are two Ukrainian cities that lie deep in Russian-occupied territory.
In eastern Ukraine, the country’s forces are holding back what Maliar described as “a large-scale” Russian offensive in the direction of Lyman – where there is “particularly heavy fighting” – and Bakhmut.
Russian offensive actions are focused on the east as they try “to reach the borders of Donetsk and Luhansk regions," Maliar said.