Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) – A deputy commander in the National Guard of Ukraine said, on Saturday, that the front line in Bakhmut has been stabilized over the past few days by Ukrainian forces, despite the heavy and continuous attacks of Russian forces.
According to Volodymyr Nazarenko of the Svoboda Battalion, Russian forces have not crossed the Bakhmutka River, and the city center is still under the control of Ukrainian forces.
Nazarenko added, “Every hour in Bakhmut is like hell. The enemy achieved successes in the north, northwest of Bakhmut a week ago. Ukrainian soldiers are fighting. Over the past few days, the front line has stabilized thanks to our hard work and efforts.”
Near the village of Ivanivsk, southwest of Bakhmut, “the Kostyantinivka-Bakhmut road is under the control of Ukrainian forces. They are doing it with tremendous effort.”
Short of ammunition, Russian forces resort to “chaotic bombing” and attempt to bomb supply lines. Nazarenko noted that the Moscow forces still have more ammunition than the Ukrainians.
A spokesman for Ukraine’s armed forces told CNN on Saturday that Russia did not take control of the eastern city of Bakhmut on Saturday.
“The fighting in Pakhmut is more on the outskirts, with the city being controlled by the Defense Forces of Ukraine: the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Border Guard and the National Guard,” according to Serhiy Sherevaty.
“There is also no mass withdrawal of Ukrainian forces,” he said.
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