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Ukrainian forces reportedly advance north, south of Bakhmut

by Dinara Khalilova June 26, 2023 11:42 AM 2 min read
Ukrainian soldiers from the 35th Brigade prepare to fire targets using 120 mm mortar near one of newly captured villages in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on June 21, 2023. (Wojciech Grzedzinski/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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As part of their larger counteroffensive, Ukraine’s forces have “gained impetus" in attacks around Bakhmut, advancing on both the northern and southern flanks of the city, the U.K. Defense Ministry reported on June 26.

According to the ministry’s latest intelligence update, “there has been little evidence that Russia maintains any significant ground forces operational level reserves which could be used to reinforce against the multiple threats it is now facing in widely separated sectors.”

Those sectors extend from Bakhmut to the eastern bank of the Dnipro River, more than 200 kilometers away, reads the update.

On the same day, Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar also reported successes around Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast.

At the end of last week, Ukrainian troops started counteroffensive actions in the areas of Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Bakhmut, Bohdanivka, Yahidne, Klishchiivka and Kurdiumivka, Maliar said on Telegram.

In each of these directions the Ukrainian military has advanced from 1 to 2 kilometers, she added.

Over the past week, Russian forces continued offensive actions toward Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Marinka in Donetsk Oblast, according to Maliar. "The enemy tried to dislodge our troops from the occupied positions, but it did not succeed."

Ukrainian forces have liberated another 17 square kilometers of land in the south, the official said, adding that Ukraine regained a total of 130 square kilometers on that front line since the beginning of the counteroffensive.

She also claimed that Russia's casualties have been eight times higher than Ukrainian ones in the past week.

Counteroffensive underway: ‘We overestimated Russians and underestimated ourselves’
Editor’s Note: The Kyiv Independent introduces soldiers interviewed for the story by their first names or callsigns due to security reasons. DONETSK OBLAST – Islam’s mind was empty of thoughts and feelings as he crawled carefully towards the Russian trenches near Siversk, with grenades prepared. “…
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