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Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine



President Volodymyr Zelensky visits the Ukrainian army front line in Bakhmut occurred as Russian forces intensified their efforts to break Ukrainian resistance in several parts of the Donetsk region.

With the conflict already lasting 300 days, the Russians pushed some of their newly mobilized troops into fierce battles in both Luhansk and Donetsk, but the Ukrainian military repeatedly reported that attacks Russia has been repulsed.

“The enemy continues to focus his efforts on carrying out offensive actions in the direction of Bakhmut and Avdiivka,” both in Donetsk, the Army General Staff said on Tuesday. The Russians are trying to regain territories lost in September along the border of Donetsk and Luhansk. The General Staff said it was also intensifying immediate attacks west of the city of Donetsk.

Much of Russia’s firepower comes from multiple rocket launchers. Ukraine’s General Staff said the Russians carried out more than 80 attacks with the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) on Monday alone. Some of the heaviest fighting took place in and around the ruined town of Mariinka, which the Russians were trying to defend to give them a foothold for further offensive action.

The General Staff said that, on Tuesday, “the enemy continued to conduct offensive actions, firing from tanks and all types of artillery at our army’s positions in the area of ​​24 settlements.” reside.”

Ukraine said its air defenses shot down two Mi-8 helicopters.

Neither side won a decisive victory in the east since the Ukrainian blitzkrieg in September, partly because of the wet, foggy and muddy weather but also because much of the front line was heavily mined. Russian forces are on the eastern edge of Bakhmut, according to geolocated video, but a Russian military blogger said Monday that Wagner’s Russian units have lost some land south of the city. It is difficult to confirm the territorial changes around Bakhmut.

Further north, on the border of the Luhansk and Kharkiv regions, the Ukrainian military said it repelled “small counterattacks” by Russian forces.

Serhiy Hayday, head of the military junta in the Luhansk region, said the Russians continued to bombard the newly liberated areas.

“Now that it is getting colder and the ground is getting harder, it is very likely that hostile activities will become more active in the near future, as the equipment will be easier to move,” he said. “Anyway, we hope that some changes can happen in this direction.”

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