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Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine


Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine

Ukrainian soldiers firing artillery in the direction of Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, on August 1.
Ukrainian soldiers firing artillery in the direction of Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, on August 1. Diego Herrera Carcedo/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The Ukrainian military says it has inflicted “significant losses” on Russian forces along the eastern front, preventing any advances.

Pavlo Kovalchuk, spokesman for the General Staff, said Ukrainian units “continue to hold back the Russian offensive at the Kupyansk and Lyman directions.”

“In the Bakhmut direction, the Defense Forces are consolidating their positions. Heavy fighting continues,” he added. 

Maksym Zhorin, the acting commander of the 3rd Assault Brigade which has been heavily involved in the fighting around Bakhmut, said Wednesday that “extremely difficult daily battles are taking place” near the city.

The Ukrainians have been trying to take high ground south of the city.

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“This area is still extremely important and promising for the enemy. The enemy still sees Bakhmut as an important point from which to continue its offensive,” Zhorin said.
“The most combat-ready Russian units are being redeployed here to first stop our advance, deter it, and then even launch their offensive. But these are just dreams – they are not succeeding in the first stages at the moment,” he added.

The commander of Ukrainian land forces, Col. Gen. Oleksandr Syrskyi, said Thursday that “as the enemy continues active offensives in the Kupyansk and Lyman sectors, our troops are daily disrupting their plans to break through our defense, inflicting significant losses in personnel and equipment.”

The General Staff said that Russian efforts to conduct offensives in the Donetsk region — specifically around Avdiivka and Mariinka — had been repelled.

Kovalchuk said that in the south the offensive in the directions of Berdiansk and Melitopol continues, with Ukrainian units “consolidating their positions.”

Meanwhile, it also alleged that in the occupied city of Enerhodar, the Russians are forcing workers at the nearby Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant to apply for Russian passports “or face threats of reprisals.”

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