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The head of Ukraine's ground forces, General Oleksandr Sirsky, said today that Russian forces are trying to break through Ukrainian defense lines in several directions in an attempt to completely surround Bakhmut, BTA reported.

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"Bakhmut remains the epicenter of the fighting. The fighting for the city continues," the general said, adding: "The enemy is using all its forces and trying to break through our defense lines in several directions and completely surround the city."

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