Kremlin expresses “excessive concern” over declare of Ukrainian missile downed in Belarus

Russian forces shelled the whole frontline of the Donetsk area on Thursday evening into Friday morning, in response to the top of the regional army administration, as combating within the japanese Ukrainian area grinds on.

Pavlo Kyrylenko mentioned the cities of Vuhledar and Kurakhivska had been among the many settlements that got here below assault. Town of Kostyantynivka, which is a few 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the entrance line, was hit by rocket fireplace on Thursday, damaging colleges and a theater.

The Ukrainian army additionally reported artillery shelling of Maryinka and Avdiivka in Donetsk on Friday morning. It mentioned Russian forces had been intensifying their assaults round a number of settlements instantly to the west and north of Donetsk metropolis, an space the place the entrance strains have modified little for the reason that Russian invasion.

A lot of the conflict’s fiercest combating has raged round the important thing Donetsk metropolis of Bakhmut. Either side have been locked in brutal battle there since Russian forces launched their siege on town in earnest in Might.

An adviser to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, Oleksiy Arestovych, mentioned on Thursday that Ukrainian and Russian forces had been each experiencing heavy troop losses in Bakhmut, and the close by metropolis of Soledar, describing the combating there as “very severe.”

Elsewhere: Russian forces attacked a number of components of the japanese Luhansk area, the place Ukrainian forces have made modest good points since September, in response to the Ukrainian army.

Within the north-eastern area of Sumy, officers reported cross-border mortar fireplace, the implications of which had been unclear.

And within the southern Zaporizhzhia area, authorities mentioned that just about twenty settlements had been shelled, a number of of them far from the entrance strains, damaging flats and civilian infrastructure.