Ukraine on Monday disputed Russia's claim that it had captured the village of Krasna Hora near Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine.
The claim that Russians have taken Krasna Hora "is not true," Serhii Cherevatyi, spokesperson for the Eastern Grouping of the Ukrainian Armed Forces told CNN. "There are ongoing battles there. We are keeping it under our control."
Cherevatyi added that Bakhmut remains the focus of Russia's main attacks.
"The enemy made 85 attacks in the Bakhmut sector. There were 33 combat engagements. In the area of the city of Bakhmut, there were 25 attacks and 19 combat engagements," Cherevatyi told CNN.
Cherevatyi said Russian forces have the ability to fire on the routes to Bakhmut, adding that "we are engaged in counter-battery fighting to reduce it."
"We have the ability to supply weapons, food, equipment, medicines and to evacuate the wounded from there," he said.
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine said in a Telegram post on Monday that "the battle for Bakhmut continues."
"The enemy is constantly changing tactics. Sometimes it attacks with small assault groups, sometimes it uses dozens of mobilized soldiers to attack. Sometimes it intensifies shelling at night, systematically hits rear cities with rockets, terrorizes civilians, and undermines civilian infrastructure," the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine said. "Sometimes, the occupier seems to be stronger and more numerous. However, it has one big weakness: it is playing on someone else's field, fighting for someone else's land. And this is what promises the invader a big failure."
What Russia is saying: The Russian Defense Ministry on Monday echoed claims by the Russian private military group Wagner that Krasna Hora has been captured.
“In the Donetsk direction, the volunteers of the assault detachments, with fire support from the rocket troops and artillery of the Southern group of troops, liberated the settlement of Krasna Hora in the Donetsk People's Republic," the statement from the daily briefing of the ministry said.
Moscow's claims come as Russian forces continue to attempt to encircle the city. Krasna Hora lies on the main north-south road leading to Bakhmut. It sits just below Soledar, the town that Russian forces captured last month.