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Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine

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Wagner mercenary forces are earning progress in Bakhmut and preventing in elements of the town that the Ukrainians held right until lately, a pro-Russian official has told Russian state news company TASS. 

“Units, in distinct Wagner, are advancing in Artemivsk [the Russian name for Bakhmut] itself,” said Denis Pushilin, the Kremlin-backed governor of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in jap Ukraine.

“Battles are presently ongoing someplace on the outskirts, and somewhere in people quarters that ended up just lately held by the enemy.” 

CNN could not verify the battlefield promises.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky explained in his nightly deal with on Tuesday that Russia was “increasing pressure” in the path of Bakhmut and the close by town of Vuhledar.

The Ukrainian military’s Standard Team created a brief reference to Bakhmut in its day by day update on Wednesday, stating that Russian troops “continue[s] to carry out offensives” around the city and it had experienced “repelled” attacks there. 

“While struggling quite a few casualties, the enemy proceeds to carry out offensives in the course of Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Novopavlivka,” it reported.

“Ukrainian Defense Forces have repelled enemy assaults around the towns of Bilohorivka in Luhansk area and Rozdolivka, Krasna Hora, Bakhmut, Novobakhmutivka, Krasnohorivka, Maryinka and Charivne in Donetsk region.” 

On Tuesday, the Washington-based Institute for the Research of War (ISW) reported that Russian forces experienced “made marginal territorial gains near Bakhmut.” 

Pavlo Kyrylenko, Ukraine’s regional governor in Donetsk, reported on Telegram on Wednesday early morning that Vuhledar, some 130 kilometers southwest of Bakhmut, experienced come less than “intense shelling.”

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