Kremlin expresses “extreme concern” over claim of Ukrainian missile downed in Belarus

Russian forces shelled all the frontline of the Donetsk area on Thursday night time into Friday morning, based on the pinnacle of the regional navy administration, as combating in the japanese Ukrainian area grinds on.

Pavlo Kyrylenko stated the cities of Vuhledar and Kurakhivska have been among the many settlements that got here below assault. The metropolis of Kostyantynivka, which is a few 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the entrance line, was hit by rocket hearth on Thursday, damaging faculties and a theater. 

The Ukrainian navy additionally reported artillery shelling of Maryinka and Avdiivka in Donetsk on Friday morning. It stated Russian forces have been intensifying their assaults round a number of settlements instantly to the west and north of Donetsk metropolis, an space the place the entrance strains have modified little because the Russian invasion.

Much of the conflict’s fiercest combating has raged round the important thing Donetsk metropolis of Bakhmut. Both sides have been locked in brutal battle there since Russian forces launched their siege on town in earnest in May.

An adviser to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, Oleksiy Arestovych, stated on Thursday that Ukrainian and Russian forces have been each experiencing heavy troop losses in Bakhmut, and the close by metropolis of Soledar, describing the combating there as “very serious.”

Elsewhere: Russian forces attacked a number of elements of the japanese Luhansk area, the place Ukrainian forces have made modest beneficial properties since September, based on the Ukrainian navy.

In the north-eastern area of Sumy, officers reported cross-border mortar hearth, the implications of which have been unclear. 

And in the southern Zaporizhzhia area, authorities stated that almost twenty settlements have been shelled, a number of of them a ways from the entrance strains, damaging residences and civilian infrastructure.

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