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Russian forces pressed their offensive in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region on Saturday, pushing on the city of Bakhmut as Kyiv tries to seize the initiative by opening a front in the south.

The General Staff of Ukraine’s armed forces said Russia was deploying tanks, artillery and jet fighters to support an advance on Bakhmut and Avdiivka. Authorities in the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic—a Moscow-backed statelet formed in 2014—said its troops had occupied several bridgeheads in the nearby town of Soledar and were conducting reconnaissance in Bakhmut.

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