Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Friday that the situation on the front line of his forces’ fighting against Russia remained “difficult” in many areas.
“The frontline situation remains very difficult in key areas of Donbass – Bakhmut, Soledar, Maryinka, Kreminna,” Zelenskyy said in his evening speech.
“For a long time, there was no living space on the land in these areas that had not been damaged by shells and fires.
“The occupiers actually destroyed Bakhmut, another town in Donbass that the Russian army reduced to rubble,” Zelenskyy added.
Even though it has been a quarter of a year since the Russians left the Kharkiv region, the troops are still vigilant.
Fierce clashes continue but these trenches have resisted the occupiers ever since.
The counterattack lasted a few days. But how long this area will have to be defended, no one knows.
Troops continue to guard villages along the road to Kharkiv.
It comes as residents of the small village of Kotliary in the Kharkiv region rushed to repair their homes on Friday following a Russian strike that left one dead and two injured, as temperatures plummet in the harsh Ukrainian winter.
Mykolay Pokhomov, a local resident, says he has no idea why the Russians chose to hit his village, but his only theory is “that they missed their target by a lot”.