After relentless battles on front lines that have barely moved, Russia is claiming gains in Ukraine’s east that add up to its biggest advances in months.
Russia claims gains in eastern Ukraine
Russian forces have claimed incremental gains in eastern Ukraine adding up to their biggest advances in months after relentless battles that Kyiv described as human wave attacks that showed Moscow had no regard for the lives of its own men.
The administrator of Russian-controlled parts of Donetsk province, Denis Pushilin, claimed troops had secured a foothold in Vuhledar, a coalmining town whose ruins have been a Ukrainian bastion since the outset of the war.
A day earlier, the head of Russia’s Wagner mercenary force said his fighters had secured Blahodatne, a village just north of Bakhmut, a city that has been the focus of sustained Russian attacks for months.
Kyiv said it had repelled assaults on Blahodatne and Vuhledar, and Reuters could not independently verify the situations there. But the locations of the reported fighting indicated clear, though gradual, Russian gains after about two months in which front lines had largely been frozen in place.