MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. Russian assault groups are pushing forward in the city of Artyomovsk (called Bakhmut in Ukraine), acting Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Denis Pushilin said on Wednesday.
"In Artyomovsk, assault teams of the Wagner private military company continue the battles, the situation remains quite tense but the guys are moving forward," he said in a live broadcast on Russia’s TV Channel One.
Fierce battles are raging in the Artyomovsk area. The DPR leader earlier said that Russian forces were consistently working on cutting off the Ukrainian army’s supply routes in that area and enveloping it in a pincer movement. The city’s seizure will enable Russian troops to switch to liberating the northern part of the Donetsk People’s Republic, he explained.
The Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republic repeatedly reported that the Ukrainian military command was redeploying additional troops to the Artyomovsk area but was suffering heavy losses there.