The AFU for a week freed 3 square kilometers near Bakhmut, the advance continues - Malyar
The defense forces are gradually advancing on different parts of the front, liberating the Ukrainian land from the enemy. Over the past week, the defenders cleared 3 square kilometers of territory near Bakhmut from the occupants.
This was reported by Deputy Defense Minister Anna Malyar. Her words were quoted by Military Media Center.
The representative of the defense Ministry specified that our military are advancing on the southern flank of the city of Bakhmut.
"Last week another 3 square kilometers were liberated," she stated.
She also added that today in general we can talk about 43 square kilometers around this fortress city in Donetsk region that have already been liberated.
According to the AFU General Staff, over the past 24 hours in the Bakhmut direction, the occupants conducted unsuccessful offensives in the area of Kurdyumivka. Air strikes were carried out there and near Vesele and Klishchyivka.
More than 20 settlements, including Predtechyne, Diliivka, Kurdyumivka, Ozaryanivka and Druzhba, were hit by enemy artillery shelling on this section of the front in Donetsk region.
Earlier, the deputy commander of the 3rd Assault Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Maxim Zhorin, said that the enemy was pulling its forces from the north and south of Ukraine to the Bakhmut direction. He plans to send the newly formed reserves there as well. The aggressor country Russia is currently using mainly airborne troops in the battles near Bakhmut.
As OBOZREVATEL reported, last week the defenders shot down two Ka-52 helicopters of the Russian Armed Forces on the Bakhmut direction. One "Alligator" worth $16 million was grounded on August 14, and the second - on August 17.