Maintaining offensive in Donetsk with shelling across eastern front line

Russian forces have been continuing their offensive toward the cities of Bakhmut and Avdiivka in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region, according to the Ukrainian military.

“Fighting continues in the areas of Bakhmut and Zaitseve settlements,” the military’s General Staff said in its morning update on Tuesday. “Ukrainian soldiers repelled assaults in the areas of Yakovlivka, Vershyna, Kodema, and Travneve.”

Russia “led assaults in the Avdiivka area, was unsuccessful, withdrew,” the General Staff added. “Fighting continues near Pisky.”

The Ukrainian military also reported intense shelling across the entire eastern front line, accusing Russia of targeting both military and civilian infrastructure.

Elsewhere, both in the northern and southern flanks, Ukrainian forces say Russian troops have focused mainly on maintaining their positions, using artillery to prevent Kyiv’s advance and carrying out some reconnaissance missions.

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