Russia claimed on Wednesday that its forces had attacked units of the Ukrainian army in the area of the Vremivka ledge – one of the epicenters of fighting, located in the southeast of the country near the border of the Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia regions – and destroyed their equipment.
According to the daily statement from the Russian Ministry of Defense, "In the area of the Vremivka ledge, operational-tactical and army aviation inflicted strikes on units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the areas of the settlements of Novodonetske, Storozheve of the Donetsk People's Republic and Levadne in the Zaporizhzhia region.”
"As a result of the strike, one tank, an infantry fighting vehicle and three armored fighting vehicles were destroyed," it added.
According to the ministry, Russian troops repelled two attacks of the 65th Mechanized Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the areas of Novodanilivka and Yablukove settlements in the Zaporizhzhia region.
The Russian defense ministry said it struck advancing columns and "the accumulation of manpower and equipment" in three Zaporizhzhia region towns.
The ministry also claimed that Russian forces stopped "the activities of three Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance groups" in the area of three other settlements in the region.
What Ukraine says: Earlier on Wednesday, a senior Ukrainian defense official claimed that Kyiv’s troops were “entrenching themselves” on the southern front, while continuing to conduct “offensive operations” in the direction of two Russian-held cities that lie deep into occupied territory.
CNN cannot independently verify battlefield reports.