Kyiv: The Ukrainian armed forces on Wednesday acknowledged the loss of several towns and villages in eastern regions as Russia stepped up its ground offensive.
CNN quoted spokesperson for the Ukrainian military as saying that heavy fighting is ongoing on three fronts, with Russian forces being reinforced and resupplied from bases inside Russia.
Despite the loss of territory, the Ukrainian authorities said that nine enemy attacks were thwarted in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions alone.
According to CNN, Ukrainian troops are essentially fighting in three directions to prevent Russian forces from taking over all of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which has been the Kremlin’s declared goal.
Earlier, blasts were reported in three Russian regions bordering Ukraine, local authorities and Russian state media reported.
On Wednesday morning, the chairman of the Ukrainian railway network, Oleksandr Kamyshin, said that a missile had struck a rail and road bridge linking the port city of Odesa with the far southwest portion of Ukraine.