Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Wednesday there will soon be “good news” for Ukraine as heavy fighting with Russia continues in the southern and eastern regions of the country.
Zelensky said in a speech that Ukrainian forces were holding the line and pushing back Russian troops in key battles.
“Generally, we are strengthening our positions along the entire front line, reducing the capabilities of the invaders, destroying their logistics and preparing good news for Ukraine,” Zelensky said.
Most of the heaviest fighting is taking place around the towns of Avdiivka and Bakhmut in the eastern Donetsk region.
Ukraine has repelled ongoing attacks by Russian troops in these towns and others in Donbass, according to an update from the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Russia has hammered towns in Donbass with missile strikes, targeting civilian infrastructure and housing. The relentless strikes are part of an aerial assault employed by Russian President Vladimir Putin amid his mounting war losses.
On Wednesday, Zelensky noted the missile attacks and said, “Our soldiers occupying positions in these directions in the Donetsk region are simply heroes.”
“The madness of the Russian command is now most visible there: day after day for months, they are driving people to death there, concentrating the maximum power of artillery strikes there,” the Ukrainian leader said in his address.
In the southern Kherson region, Ukrainian troops are advancing against a crumbling Russian line, according to an update this week from the Warsaw-based Center for Oriental Studies. But Ukrainian forces face strong resistance in the towns of Davydiv Brid and Dudchany.
Russia is reportedly bracing for a battle for the regional capital of Kherson, with Ukraine seeking to retake the first major city captured by Russian forces at the start of the war eight months ago.
Ukraine won a number of decisive victories against Russia after its invasion, repelling invading troops from the western region of the country in the spring, then launching a massive counterattack recapturing swaths of the northeast and south last month.
Zelensky said this week that Ukraine would eventually take back the Crimean peninsula and all the territory that Putin illegally annexed.
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