Ukraine’s military said on Wednesday that Russia continues to focus its "main efforts" on an offensive in the direction of the city of Bakhmut, which is in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region.
Russia has not abandoned "its intention to capture the Donetsk region," Ukraine’s General Staff said in its regular evening statement on Wednesday.
Some background: Bakhmut is perhaps the most contested and kinetic part of the 1,300-kilometer (800 mile) front line in Ukraine and the scene of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
Fighting around Bakhmut has raged for months, and Ukrainian officials previously told CNN that only 10% of the pre-war population remains in the city.
"In the Bakhmut sector, the areas of 13 settlements came under fire," Ukraine’s General Staff said on Wednesday. "Among them are Verkhniokamyanske, Bilohorivka, Vesele, Soledar, Krasna Hora, Bakhmut, Klishchiivka, Kurdiumivka and Druzhba in Donetsk region."
Ukraine’s General Staff update also said that Russia's offensives in Avdiivka and in parts of Zaporizhzhia have been unsuccessful, and claimed that Russia is "on the defensive" in Novopavlivka and Kherson.