Ukraine's military said on Wednesday that it is seeing success in the offensive near the battered eastern city of Bakhmut.
Ukrainian troops are putting "pressure" on Russian forces both north and south of Bakhmut and continue to drive Russia out of previously captured positions, according to the spokesperson for the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Andriy Kovalov.
"In the area of (the village of) Klishchiivka they have partial success, they are entrenching themselves on the achieved lines," Kovalov said. "The enemy is resisting strongly, using reserves and suffering heavy losses."
Ukraine's General Staff said in its Wednesday update that in the area of Bakhmut, Ukrainian troops resisted Russian aircraft and artillery attacks in the two villages of Orikhovo-Vasylivka and Bohdanivka.
Russia "is focusing its main efforts on the Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Marinka directions, and heavy fighting continues," with 40 combat engagements within the last day, the General Staff update added. Ukraine claimed it repelled Russian offensives in those towns, as well as in the area south of Novoselivske in the Luhansk region.
In the south: Ukrainian Defense Forces continue to conduct offensive operations in the directions near Melitipol and Berdiansk, "entrenching themselves on the achieved lines, inflicting artillery fire on the identified enemy targets, and carrying out counter-battery measures," according to the update.
"In the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson directions, the enemy is focusing its main efforts on preventing the advance of our troops," the General Staff said.
Within the last day, Ukraine recorded 59 attacks from Russia's multiple-launch rocket systems and 47 airstrikes.
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