MOSCOW, February 2. /TASS/. Russian troops have cut off several major roads in the city of Ugledar, which the Ukrainian Armed Forces use to deliver ammunition and redeploy troops, Igor Kimakovsky, an advisor to the acting head of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), said on Thursday.
"Several major roads that the enemy uses to deliver ammunition and manpower have been cut off in Ugledar," he told Channel One.
Kimakovsky noted that Russian forces were employing the tactic of "pincers" to surround Ugledar and the city of Artyomovsk (called Bakhmut in Ukraine). "It is almost [done] in Artyomovsk," he added.
Russian forces have been engaged in fighting for Artyomovsk in recent months. Donetsk leader Denis Pushilin said earlier that seizing the city would allow the army to continue advancing in the region’s north. DPR officials also said that the taking of Ugledar, an important logistics hub, would make it possible to cut off supplies to Ukrainian forces stationed along the Maryinka frontline from where shelling attacks are carried out on the western part of Donetsk.