Russian forces begin assault on two key cities in eastern Ukraine

Russian forces begin assault on two key cities in eastern Ukraine

Russian forces have begun an assault on two key cities in the eastern Donetsk region and kept up rocket and shelling attacks on other Ukrainian cities, including one close to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, Ukrainian officials said. The cities of Bakhmut and Avdiivka had been considered key targets of Russia’s continual offensive across Ukraine’s east, with analysts saying Moscow needs to take Bakhmut if it is to advance on the regional hubs of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk. “In the Donetsk direction, the enemy is conducting an offensive operation, concentrating its main efforts on the Bakhmut and Avdiivka directions. It uses ground attack and army aviation,” the Ukrainian General Staff said on Facebook. Russian shelling killed five civilians and injured 14 others in the Donetsk region in the last day, Donetsk …
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