“Soon Vougledar could become a very important new success for us,” Moscow-appointed Donetsk region chief Denis Pushilin said on Friday. 150 km from Bakhmout, this mining city which had 15,000 inhabitants before the Russian invasion, “serious, brutal” clashes took place and the Russian troops were “established in the south-east and east of the city “Said an official of the pro-Russian authorities of the eastern region of Donetsk, Ian Gagin.
The spokesman for the Ukrainian army for the eastern zone, Serguiï Tcherevaty, confirmed “fierce fighting”, while ensuring that the Russians had been repelled. “The enemy is indeed seeking to achieve success in this sector but it is not achieving it thanks to the efforts of the Defense Forces of Ukraine,” he said on television. “The enemy is exaggerating, to put it mildly, his success,” he continued, concluding: “faced with his losses, the enemy retreats.”