MOSCOW: The Russian army on Wednesday said it captured two settlements near the Ukrainian town of Bakhmut, a city that Moscow has been trying to capture for as long as this summer.
After engaging in offensives, the Russian army liberated two settlements in the Donetsk area.
Bilogorivka is 25 kilometers north of Bakhmut.
Pershe Travnya is 20km south of Ozariynka.
After coming under heavy pressure from Ukrainian forces, the Russians have thrown everything they have into the battle for Bakhmut. It’s a small win at least.
Known for its vineyards and salt mines, Bakhmut has been dubbed “the meat grinder” because of the combat that took place here.
There are reports that Russian mercenaries, prison conscripts, and new recruits are fighting for Moscow in the area.
The Ukrainian presidency confirmed on Wednesday that the city of Donetsk was without power or communication due to shelling.
The Institute for the Study of War stated that “Russian forces made marginal advances around Bakhmut on November 29. However, there is a significant chance that Russian soldiers are not advancing at this pace.”