Clashes in the northern part of Ukraine’s eastern front have “significantly worsened” in recent days, the commander of Kiev’s ground forces said today.

Oleksandr Shirsky, who visited Ukrainian soldiers in the area, said Russian forces had regrouped after suffering losses and were launching attacks around the village of Makiivka and towards the city of Kupyansk.

According to the general, “the main objective of the enemy is the defeat of our troops, the encirclement of Kupyansk and access to the Oskil River.”

Sirsky claimed that Russian forces are launching “dozens” of attacks every day, but Ukrainian soldiers remain on alert and holding their positions.

These statements are made at a time when Russian forces have been pounding the town of Avdiivka, in another part of the eastern front, for days. The counteroffensive by Ukrainian forces made some territorial gains in the east, near Bakhmut, and in the south, where the Ukrainians hope to reach the Sea of ​​Azov, but these gains were small.