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

Russian forces shelled the total frontline of the Donetsk location on Thursday night time into Friday early morning, according to the head of the regional army administration, as fighting in the eastern Ukrainian area grinds on.

Pavlo Kyrylenko said the towns of Vuhledar and Kurakhivska were among the the settlements that arrived underneath assault. The city of Kostyantynivka, which is some 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the front line, was strike by rocket fire on Thursday, damaging universities and a theater. 

The Ukrainian navy also reported artillery shelling of Maryinka and Avdiivka in Donetsk on Friday early morning. It stated Russian forces were intensifying their assaults close to quite a few settlements quickly to the west and north of Donetsk town, an area wherever the front strains have adjusted minor since the Russian invasion.

Substantially of the war’s fiercest preventing has raged all-around the key Donetsk metropolis of Bakhmut. Both sides have been locked in brutal fight there due to the fact Russian forces introduced their siege on the city in earnest in Might.

An adviser to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, Oleksiy Arestovych, reported on Thursday that Ukrainian and Russian forces have been both encountering hefty troop losses in Bakhmut, and the close by metropolis of Soledar, describing the fighting there as “incredibly really serious.”

In other places: Russian forces attacked a number of pieces of the jap Luhansk area, where Ukrainian forces have built modest gains given that September, in accordance to the Ukrainian armed forces.

In the north-japanese location of Sumy, officials noted cross-border mortar fireplace, the repercussions of which have been unclear. 

And in the southern Zaporizhzhia region, authorities mentioned that practically 20 settlements ended up shelled, various of them some length from the entrance strains, harming apartments and civilian infrastructure.