Ukrainian troops holding out towards loopy Russian techniques -Zelenskiy By Reuters

(Reuters) – Ukrainian troops are holding out towards repeated assaults close to two key cities within the jap Donbas area, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy mentioned on Wednesday, describing the Russian techniques as loopy.

Zelenskiy, talking in a night video handle, additionally mentioned there can be excellent news from the entrance, however gave no particulars.

Probably the most extreme preventing is happening close to Avdiivka, exterior Donetsk, and Bakhmut, additional to the northeast, he mentioned.

“That is the place the craziness of the Russian command is most evident. Day after day, for months, they’re driving individuals to their deaths there, concentrating the very best stage of artillery strikes,” he mentioned.

Russian forces have repeatedly tried to grab Bakhmut, which sits on a important street resulting in the Ukrainian-held cities of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk.

Zelenskiy advisor Oleksiy Arestovych mentioned on Tuesday that on one explicit day, the Russians had attacked Bakhmut eight occasions earlier than lunch and been pushed again each time.

Zelenskiy didn’t point out what was taking place close to the southern metropolis of Kherson, which is held by pro-Moscow forces. Ukrainian troops say they count on a tricky battle there.

“Typically, we’re strengthening our positions all around the frontline, lowering the invaders’ capabilities, destroying their logistics, and getting ready excellent news for Ukraine,” he mentioned.

Individually, Russian-installed authorities in Shakhtarsk, simply to the east of Donetsk, mentioned Ukrainian shelling had set ablaze gasoline tanks on the city’s railway station.

Ukrainian forces, some outfitted with artillery provided by america and different allies, have methodically shelled Russian gasoline and ammunition bases and railway strains.

Zelenskiy additionally mentioned that within the newest prisoner alternate between the 2 sides, 10 Ukrainians had been freed.

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