Ukraine reports advances on eastern and southern fronts By Reuters
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A Ukrainian soldier shoots from his position, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in a location given as near Bakhmut, Donetsk Region, Ukraine, in this screengrab obtained from a video released September 2, 2023. 3rd Assault Brigade/Ukrainian Arm
KYIV (Reuters) – Ukraine said on Monday its troops had regained more territory on the eastern front and were advancing further south in their counteroffensive against Russian forces.
Deputy Defence Minister Hanna Maliar said Kyiv’s forces had retaken about 3 square km (1.16 square miles) of land in the past week around the eastern city of Bakhmut, which was captured by Russian troops in May after months of heavy fighting.
She also reported unspecified “success” in the direction of the villages Novodanylivka and Novoprokopivka in the southern region of Zaporizhzhia, but gave no details.
Ukraine has now taken back about 47 square km of territory around Bakhmut since starting its counteroffensive in early June, Maliar wrote on the Telegram messaging app.
Reuters was not able to verify the reports. Russia has not confirmed the Ukrainian gains.
Kyiv has retaken a number of villages and settlements in its three-month-old offensive but its soldiers have been hampered by vast Russian minefields and trenches.
Maliar said last week that Ukrainian troops had broken through the first line of Russian defences, and Ukraine’s military expects now to advance more rapidly.
Moscow has continued to carry out air strikes on Ukrainian targets including port infrastructure, and has reported drone attacks on Russian territory.
(This story has been corrected to clarify that the 47 square km of recaptured territory was around Bakhmut in paragraph 4)