Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of Russia’s Wagner group, said the mercenary force had taken the village of Krasna Hora, on the northern edge of the embattled city of Bakhmut in Ukraine’s Donetsk region,
Galina Danilchenko, the Russian-installed mayor of the Ukrainian city of Melitopol, in the south-eastern Zaporizhzhia region, said on Saturday that one civilian died in overnight shelling of Melitopol by Ukrainian forces. Two people were injured, she wrote on Telegram.
Reports indicate that three Russian S-300 missiles hit the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on Saturday night, the regional governor, Oleh Sinehubov, wrote on Telegram. “One infrastructure facility was damaged. Information about the victims and the scale of the destruction is being clarified,” he said.
Ukraine’s forces are holding defence along the frontline in Donetsk, including in the besieged town of Bakhmut, with the fiercest battles raging for the cities of Vuhledar and Maryinka, Kyiv’s top military commander said on Saturday. Valeriy Zaluzhnyi did not specify where the gains were. He added that Ukrainian forices were trying to “stabilise” the frontline around Bakhmut, a city in the eastern Donbas region that has become the focal point of Ukrainian resistance to Russia’s invasion and of Moscow’s drive to regain battlefield momentum.