Ukrainian commander says Russians “unsuccessful” in most areas of frontline

Olga Voitovych in Kyiv

The commander of Ukraine’s land forces said that despite multiple assaults, Russian forces have failed to break through Ukrainian defenses along several parts of the frontline where they have concentrated forces.

Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskyi, said on the Land Forces Telegram channel Tuesday: “The enemy is conducting offensive actions in several directions simultaneously. But the enemy’s actions are unsuccessful on most of them.”

“Despite the high activity of the enemy, our fighters manage to restrain its advance and inflict significant losses,” he said.

Syrskyi said that in the Kupiansk direction, the northern part of the frontline in Kharkiv region “the enemy attempted to conduct offensive actions, but thanks to the accurate fire of our artillery, fled before even reaching the line of attack.”

He also said Russia’s actions were unsuccessful in the Lyman direction, near the borders of Donetsk and Luhansk.

“Nevertheless, the Bakhmut direction remains the epicenter of the fighting. This is where the enemy is concentrating most of its efforts and does not abandon the goal of taking control of the city at any cost. Currently, the enemy is increasing the activity of heavy artillery and the number of air strikes, turning the city into ruins,��� Syrskyi said
“Our soldiers inflict significant losses on the enemy and significantly slow down its offensive. The battle for Bakhmut continues. The situation is currently under control.”

While Syrskyi’s claims cannot be independently confirmed, there’s no evidence to suggest that Russian forces have made any substantive gains in Luhansk, Kharkiv or Donetsk regions in recent weeks.

Bakhmut: Separately, the Border Guard Service of Ukraine acknowledged that “the battle for Bakhmut has moved to the central part of the city,” adding that in some areas, Ukrainian defenders are separated by a few meters from Russian occupiers.

It also said that Russian forces appeared to have plenty of munitions, deviating from a “shell hunger,” or lack of ammo supplies, preciously reported by the Russian private military group Wagner.

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