Russian forces continued their advance toward the towns of Sloviansk, Kramatorsk and Bakhmut in the eastern Donetsk region on Thursday, the Ukrainian military said.
The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said an attempted Russian assault in the direction of the village of Kurulka was "unsuccessful" and Moscow's forces "retreated."
Russian forces "fired from tanks, barrel and jet artillery" in the Bakhumt direction on a series of towns, including Soledar and New York on the northern outskirts of Donetsk.
Moscow's forces also shelled Kramatorsk and were "leading an offensive" west of the city, the Ukrainian military said.
Russian troops were apparently running low on food supplies and their ranks were seeing a downward trend due to "significant losses and refusal to participate in hostilities," the Ukrainian military added.