KIEV, January 31. /TASS/. The fighting near Artyomovsk is "a real hell," the deputy commander of the Svoboda battalion of Ukraine’s National Guard, Vladimir Nazarenko, has said.
"For five or six months the Bakhmut area (the Ukrainian name of Artyomovsk - TASS) has been a real hell. Attacks are continuing non-stop. The weather is changing, which, by the way, greatly affects the combat effectiveness, morale and everyday field conditions of each serviceman," Nazarenko was quoted by the Ukrainian agency UNN as saying.
On January 9, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said that Ukraine’s armed forces were deploying reinforcements near Artyomovsk.
In recent months, Russian forces have been fighting for Artyomovsk, the liberation of which, as Denis Pushilin, the acting head of the Donetsk People's Republic, said earlier, will make it possible to proceed with the liberation of the northern part of the republic. Earlier, the Lugansk people’s militia spokesman Andrey Marochko, said, citing intelligence data, that foreign mercenaries were refusing to go and fight in the Artyomovsk region, where the Ukrainian army was sustaining heavy losses every day, but Kiev was luring them there under false pretenses.