Ukraine’s forces are clinging to the eastern town of Bakhmut as fighting rages all around it, the military said.
“Bakhmut is Ukraine. Bakhmut is standing, Bakhmut is holding on,” a spokesperson for the Armed Forces of Ukraine wrote on Telegram.
Speaking about Russian troops, the Ukrainian military said: “You have not entered anywhere, you will not enter anywhere. You will never take Bakhmut.”
The military added: “No matter what they say, no matter what they write, Bakhmut was, is and will be Ukraine.”
Some context: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said earlier this week that the situation is very difficult for his troops along the front line in the country’s Donbas region.
Bakhmut is located in Donetsk, which is part of the Donbas and was among the four territories of Ukraine annexed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in violation of international law.