The Ukrainian military said in an update Tuesday that the heaviest combat is concentrated in several zones in the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions – and that its units have repelled the latest efforts by Russian forces to advance.
The General Staff said “the towns of Bilohorivka, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, Mariinka and their outskirts remain at the epicenter of the fighting" and that Ukrainian Defense Forces "repelled 24 enemy attacks in the above areas over the last day."
“In the Bakhmut sector, the enemy continues to assault the city of Bakhmut. However, our defenders are bravely holding the city and repelling numerous enemy attacks," it said.
Russian forces control access to both Bakhmut and Avdiivka in eastern Ukraine on three sides. They have made marginal gains in recent weeks but have been unable to encircle Ukrainian troops in either place. Most of the eastern front lines have changed little in the first three months of the year.
Away from the Donbas area, the General Staff said that a missile strike on the town of Bohodukhiv in Kharkiv region had injured civilians and damaged houses.
What Ukraine says is happening in other areas: The military said Russian forces had continued to fire across the border at settlements in the northern Sumy region, as well as at towns and villages in the Kharkiv region.
The General Staff also said that Russian forces – while on the defensive on the southern Zaporizhzhia front – had fired at a number of settlements.
It said that the Ukrainian air force had carried out “five strikes on the areas of concentration of occupiers' personnel and military equipment over the day. Missile and artillery units hit a command post, an area where enemy manpower, weapons and military equipment were concentrated, and an ammunition depot.”