Ukrainian forces have been engaged in heavy fighting over the last week “with tactical success,” the deputy defense minister has said.
The much-discussed start of the Ukrainian counteroffensive is now underway, and deputy defense minister Hanna Maliar says Ukrainian forces have carried out defensive and offensive operations in the east of the country.
Meanwhile, the situation in the southern part of Ukraine has not changed significantly over the past week, according to Maliar. Ukrainian forces were pushing offensive operations near Melitopol and Berdiansk.
In the east, heavy fighting has continued around Lyman, Bakhmut and areas in the Donetsk region, she said.
Ukrainian troops made slight advances north, south and west of the embattled city of Bakhmut, according to Maliar.