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The Pokrovsk-Ugledar highway in the so-called Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) has been cut off by Russian forces.

The news was announced by Igor Kimakovski, adviser to the Moscow-appointed head of the DNR Denis Pushilin, BTA reported.

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"What I can say clearly is that the Pokrovsk-Ugledar highway has already been blocked by our forces. And what I personally heard is that there is a fight with small arms," ​​he said on Channel One.

Earlier, Kimakovsky said that Russian forces had dug in on the outskirts of Ugledar and were still fighting Ukrainian armed forces there.

Another adviser to Pushilin said that the establishment of control of Ugledar by Russian forces would allow the supply of ammunition to a group of Ukrainian armed forces shelling Donetsk to be stopped.

Ukrainian troops repelled Russian attacks on the towns of Bakhmut and Soledar in the Donetsk region, Kyiv reported

According to Kimakovsky, the main task of the Russian forces now is "not to attack Ugledar frontally, but to capture it in pincers, as was successfully done near Soledar and is being done now near Artyomovsk".

He added that this tactic has worked so far.

It is possible that Russian forces will carry out sporadic and limited manpower attacks to disperse and distract Ukrainian forces and create conditions for the launch of a decisive offensive operation in Luhansk region, the American think tank said in its assessment of the situation in Ukraine Institute for the Study of War. 

Over the past few days, Russian forces have resumed offensive operations, namely limited ground attacks, in two main sectors of the front - in the central part of Zaporozhye region and in the western part of Donetsk region.

Ukrainian officials note that these attacks are carried out by small assault groups of 10 to 15 people and are intended to destroy the integrity of Ukrainian defense lines.

However, the size and nature of these attacks suggest that these are more attacks aimed at distracting and disrupting Ukrainian forces in separate areas of the front than a concerted effort to resume offensive operations, analysts from the Institute for Research added. of the war.

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