“Bakhmut is holding on” despite the relentless Russian onslaught, President Volodymyr Zelensky has said.
Speaking in his nightly address, the Ukrainian president said: “Bakhmut is holding on despite everything.And even though most of the town has been destroyed by Russian strikes, our soldiers are repelling constant Russian attempts to advance.”
The nearby town of Soledar was holding on, “even though there is even greater destruction and things are very difficult”, he added.
Russia launched seven missile strikes, 31 air strikes and 73 attacks from salvo rocket launchers in the past day, the general staff of Ukraine’s armed forces said in a daily report.
Ukrainian forces repelled attacks on 14 settlements, including Bakhmut, it added.