“We assume that the enemy will resist,” noted Pushilin, head of pro-Russian Donetsk separatists
The Russian army is advancing near the town of Vugledar, a new frontline hot spot in eastern Ukraine where Moscow has stepped up its offensive, the head of pro-Russian Donetsk separatists Denis Pushilin said today.
“Our units continue to advance (…). Units have reached the eastern part of Vugledar and their work continues in the outskirts,” Pushilin was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.
According to him, the Ukrainian army “had time to establish itself” in this area, which has “a large number of industrial facilities and high-rise buildings”, which facilitates defense operations.
“So we assume that the enemy will resist,” continued Pusillin, who declined to predict how long the fighting for the city would last.
The mining town of Vugledar, which had 15,000 residents before the Russian attack, is 150 kilometers south of Bakhmut, another hot spot on the eastern front, which the Russian military has been seeking to capture for more than 6 months at a cost heavy losses.
Pushilin clarified today that “fierce fighting” is taking place near Bakhmut and that it is “too early” to talk about encircling the city by Russian troops.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said yesterday, Sunday, that Bakhmut, Vugledar and other areas of the Donetsk region are under “continuous Russian attacks”.
The Kremlin has vowed to conquer the entire Donetsk region after announcing in September its annexation along with three other Ukrainian regions (Luhansk, Kherson, Zaporizhia).
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