Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine

Drone footage released on Jan. 27 shows widespread damage over the Ukrainian city of Vuhledar.
This drone footage released on Jan. 27 shows widespread damage over the Ukrainian city of Vuhledar. (72nd Special Task Force Brigade/Facebook)

Both Ukrainian and Russian forces claimed the Vuhledar attack in the Donetsk region. As intense fighting for control of the strategic city in eastern Ukraine continued on Monday,

The Chief of Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said on Monday that Ukrainian units defending the contact line near Vuhledar “recently ‘welcome’ the occupiers and turn their temporary stay on our territory into a living hell”, inflicting heavy casualties.

CNN cannot independently verify those claims.

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday that Russian forces were making progress in the area.

“A unit of the ‘Eastern’ Force Group that has consistently achieved success in the offensive. Seize an advantageous position and shelling units of the 1st Tank Brigade of the Ukrainian Army near the settlement of Vuhledar in the Donetsk People’s Republic,” the ministry said.

last monday The leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) told Russian state media that Russian forces were based in the eastern part of Vuhledar.

In a speech every Sunday night Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the situation in the area “Very difficult” because “Bachmut, Wooledar and other areas in the Donetsk region is under constant Russian attack.”

“There were constant attempts to break through our defense. Enemies do not count the number of people in them. and even though there were many injured But there are still strong attacks, ”Zelensky said.

Vuhledar is a major logistics hub. And the seizure would cut off the supplies of the Ukrainian army. and allow Russia and separatist forces to launch attacks against the Ukrainian army in various directions. According to a DPR separatist official

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