(CNN) — The commander of the ground forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Colonel Oleksandr Sersky, said on Tuesday that the situation in the Bakhmut region in eastern Ukraine is “very tense” at the present time, as “the most trained Wagner offensive units” are being pushed into the Russian offensive.
Sersky added, “The situation in the Bakhmut region is very tense, and despite the heavy losses, the enemy pushed Wagner’s most trained offensive units into the attack, trying to break through the defense of our forces and surround the city.”
“In the battles of Bakhmut, our soldiers show many examples of steadfastness, courage and heroism,” Sersky explained.
Ukrainian officials have indicated that fighting around Bakhmut has intensified in recent weeks.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Monday evening that attempts to defend Bakhmut are “getting more and more difficult.”
For his part, Colonel Yuri Madyar, commander of the 28th separate mechanized brigade, described the situation as “very difficult”.
Madyar said in a telegram, “The situation is difficult in all directions, Monday, February 27. The situation is very difficult in the far northeast of the city. They want to surround us.”
Russian forces are gradually advancing north and west of Bakhmut, and Ukrainian units are struggling to maintain access to the city.