Russian troops achieve marginal results in the battle for Bakhmut, but fail to take the city, Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar said on Saturday.
The Russian army "concentrates its greatest efforts on establishing control over Bakhmut, tries to advance towards the center of the city, in some areas it has made minor variable progress. But it fails to take the city. Intense fighting continues around and in the city itself" , he specified in a message on Telegram.
He added that the situation in the east in the areas of the defensive operation is still quite complicated.
"The aggressor is carrying out major offensives simultaneously in four directions, namely Liman, Bakhmut, Maryinka and Avdiivka. Predominantly without success," he said.
He added that "the enemy is also carrying out offensive operations in the Avdiivka area to encircle the city and block supply routes" and that "in addition, fighting continues in Bilohorivka and in Maryinka."
According to analysts from the US Institute for the Study of War (ISW), Ukrainian forces have retaken their positions around Bakhmut in the Donetsk region. However, Russian troops have made some progress in the city itself.
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