The Ukrainian military has advanced on the eastern front

Drone shows shells exploding in village near Bakhmut - Ukrainian military © Thomson Reuters

Ukraine’s military said on the last Saturday that its forces had made advances near Bakhkmut, one of the focal points of fighting on the eastern front, and in an area further south.

Deputy Defence Minister Hanna Maliar, writing on Telegram, said an offensive was launched near a of group of villages ringing Bakhmut — the town taken by Russia’s Wagner mercenary forces last month after months of fighting.

Oleksandr Tarnavskiy, commander of the Tavria, or southern, front, said Ukrainian forces had liberated an area near Krasnohorivka, west of the Russian-held regional centre of Donetsk. He said the area had been under Russian control since separatist forces backed by Moscow took control of it in 2014.

On June 23, the Russian authorities opened an investigation against Prigozhin for organizing an “armed rebellion” after the Wagner leader accused the military of attacking their group in social media posts as collected by The New York Times.

The mercenary leader announced there would be retaliation. By the following day, the group had claimed control of the southern city of Rostov-on-Don, next to the Ukraine border, and was heading toward Moscow.

Prigozhin’s group has played a pivotal role in Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine, but in the past weeks, the leader has become increasingly critical of the country’s military leadership.

According to the BBC, the conflict started over the military’s failure to provide supply kits, arms, and ammunition. Other media have reported Prigozhin’s complaints of indifference to soldiers’ lives and corruption among Russia’s higher military ranks.

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