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Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine


Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine

Local residents walk past damaged shops and buildings in Kupiansk, Kharkiv region, Ukraine, on September 28.
Local residents walk past damaged shops and buildings in Kupiansk, Kharkiv region, Ukraine, on September 28. Roman Pilipey/AFP/Getty Images

Heavy artillery and aerial bombardments on the front lines in Ukraine are preventing either side from winning territory, with official and unofficial reports indicating very little movement in many areas.

The Ukrainian military said Tuesday there had been 35 combat engagements over the past day, with the Russians carrying out 47 air strikes. Ukraine said more than 100 settlements had been shelled.

It said that one area where the Russians have deployed many forces — Kupiansk in the north — had not seen any further Russian efforts to advance, while the Russians had again unsuccessfully tried to regain ground south of Bakhmut, which has seen some of the war’s most intense fighting.

Bakhmut area: Analysts have suggested that Ukraine is trying to draw more Russian forces into the Bakhmut area to relieve pressure elsewhere.

Oleksandr Borodin with the 3rd Separate Assault Brigade told Ukrainian television Monday that “the enemy is trying to recapture the lost ground. We were ready for this. They have lost really important heights. They are using the firepower — aircraft, artillery, UAVs — more than infantry.” Borodin said heavy fighting continued around a railroad south of Bakhmut, but heavy mining was limiting progress.

The Russian Defense Ministry claimed Monday that Russian units had thwarted eight attacks by the Ukrainians in the area, saying that “the enemy’s losses amounted to more than 300 military personnel.”

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It’s not possible to verify claims by either side. 

Southern front: There has been very little movement on the southern front. The Ukrainians say that Russian counterattacks in the areas around Verbove and Mala Tokmachka have failed, but they have not claimed any progress themselves.

The Kherson region in the south has seen heavy shelling and mortar fire across the River Dnipro by Russian forces.

The Kherson region military administration said more than 500 munitions of various sorts had been fired at the Ukrainian-held part of Kherson, with 60 shells landing in and around Kherson city.

Northern air defenses: As winter approaches and Ukraine expects a renewed campaign against its energy infrastructure, General Serhii Naiev, Commander of Ukraine’s joint forces, says that Ukraine will increase the number of mobile air defenses in the north.

On Monday, Ukraine’s National Security Adviser Oleksiy Danilov told News Portal Space that the country still needed more “air defense systems to protect our infrastructure… If we’re talking about protecting critical infrastructure facilities, these are energy facilities, water supply, and the fuel and energy complex.”

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