Ukraine says it repelled attack around Blahodatne, Wagner claims control
Ukraine's military said on Sunday its forces repelled an attack in the area of Blahodatne in the eastern part of the Donetsk region, while Russia's Wagner private military group said it took control of the village.
"Units of Ukraine's Defense Forces repelled the attacks of the occupiers in the areas of ... Blahodatne ... in the Donetsk region," the General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces said in its daily morning report, referring to fighting on Saturday.
It added that its forces repelled Russian attacks in the areas of 13 other settlements in the Donetsk region.
The Wagner Group said on the Telegram messaging app on Saturday that its units had taken control of Blahodatne.
With fighting heating up in the Donetsk region, the exact line of contact has been unclear, especially around the town Bakhmut, where some of the heaviest fighting of the year-long conflict has been taking place in recent weeks.
Ukraine has said that the Russian offensive on Bakhmut has not culminated, but the situation along the front line there has been growingly difficult. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Friday that it was acute.
(Cover: Ukrainian military members stand in the garage on January 27, 2023 in Bakhmut, Ukraine. /CFP)