Russian forces are intensifying their efforts to seize any of the cities in eastern Ukraine that they have not yet controlled.
In its daily update, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine stated that there was intensified fighting in the Donbas area around Bakhmut.
Bakhmut’s capture would enable the Russians advance on the main Ukrainian-held cities Kramatorsk or Sloviansk.
According to the general staff update, Sloviansk (and Kramatorsk) were also targeted Friday along with the Kharkiv to the north, which is home to Ukraine’s second largest city.
Bakhmut has been a target of Russian forces for weeks, as they attempt to finish the long campaign to control the entire Donbas region.
After losing control of Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, the Kremlin declared April that its primary objective was the capture of the Donbas.
Pro-Moscow separatists declared a pair independent republics in Donbas, the Luhansk People’s Republic (since 2014)
Local Ukrainian officials reported fighting near four settlements at the border of the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces. These are the borders that make up the contested industrial area.
Last month, Russian forces seized almost all of Luhansk and have since focused on the capture of Donetsk-held areas.
Russian shelling killed seven civilians at Donetsk on Friday, including four in Bakhmut. Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko posted the following on Telegram:
Moscow claims it shot down a drone above Crimea
The incident occurred as Russian authorities reported that a Ukrainian drone was shot down above the Moscow Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Sevastopol, annexed Crimea.
This was the second drone attack on the headquarters in the last three weeks. It followed explosions at a Russian ammunition depot and an airfield in Crimea earlier this month.
Mikhail Razvozhaev (Russian-appointed governor of Sevastopol), stated that a drone crashed on the roof of the fleet headquarters after it was destroyed by local air defenses.
A Russian attack leaves a young girl without an eye
Officials in Ukraine claimed that Russian shelling had caused the collapse of balconies and the destruction of windows in the Mykolayiv area in the south, injuring at most nine civilians.
According to the governor of the Black Sea region, a five-storey apartment block and private homes in Voznesensk were severely damaged.
Vitaliy Kim posted in Telegram: “As of 1.30pm local time – nine injured, including four children. All children are in serious condition. Ages range between three and seventeen.”
He said that Saturday’s attack resulted in the loss of an eye for a young girl.
According to Kremlin-backed officials, the Ukrainian air force struck the Russian-occupied largest city in southern Zaporizhzhia, reflecting the widening frontlines of the almost six-month-old war.
Moscow accuses Ukraine de poisoning its soldiers
As Moscow accuses Kyiv of poisoning Zaporizhzhia’s servicemen in late July, the fighting continues.
A Ukrainian adviser said that poisoning could have been caused when Russian forces ate expired canned meat.
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Moscow claimed that a number Russian servicemen were admitted to a military hospital after they showed signs of severe poisoning. It said that tests revealed that the toxic substance botulinum poison type B was present in their bodies.
It didn’t say how many servicemen were injured or their current condition.
Botulinum Toxin Type B is a neurotoxin which can cause botulism (a potentially life-threatening condition) if it is ingested in food products that have been contaminated.