Acting President of the Donetsk People’s Republic Denis Pushilin said that fierce battles were going on in the southeastern part of the city of Oglidar and on the northern outskirts of Artemovsk.

“The direction of Ogledar … we see the beginning of hostilities in the southeastern part of the city of Ogledar. The situation here is very difficult, there are very gloomy battles, but nevertheless we see some success, ”Bushilin said on Channel One today, Tuesday.

Speaking about the situation around the city of Artemivsk (Bakhmut), Pushilin said that taking control of the village of Paraskoviivka, located on the northern outskirts of Artemivsk, would allow the opening of the road leading to the city of Chasov Yar, which is the last supply route for Ukrainian forces, should be closed.

He added that the possibility of a voluntary withdrawal of Ukrainian forces from the city of Artemovsk does not exist. He explained: “It is not yet possible for the enemy to surrender and leave their positions without a fight. We don’t see it yet. Our battalions must do the impossible to dislodge the enemy from fortified positions. progress.”

Yan Gagin, a former adviser to the acting president of the Donetsk People’s Republic, said Russian forces are currently working to tighten the cordon around the city of Artyomovsk. He added that the main task now is to establish control over the road leading to Chasov Yar.

For his part, Wagner Group founder Yevgeny Prigozhin said that Russian forces would not be able to liberate the city of Artyomovsk in the coming days, adding that Ukrainian forces were moving additional military units into the city.

He explained: “Every day, from 300 to 500 soldiers arrive in Bakhmut from all sides. Artillery fire is getting stronger every day.”

He also confirmed the continuation of fierce fighting in the north of the city, checking: “There are no prerequisites for an enemy siege in the northern regions (of the city). House after house is being stormed, square meter after square meter. Bakhmut will not be taken tomorrow, because there is strong resistance and grinding. “There is a meat grinder… There won’t be a holiday soon.”

Source: TASS +

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