Ukraine holds Chasiv Yar, braces for new Russian offensive in Donbas – battalion commander

On a battlefield in Ukraine
On a battlefield in Ukraine

Russian forces continue to assault Ukrainian positions near Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast, focusing on Chasiv Yar, Yuriy Fedorenko, commander of the Achilles Battalion, told Ukrainian TV broadcasters on March 29.

According to Fedorenko, Chasiv Yar remains a strategically important settlement for Ukraine to hold.

"This is a dominant height," he said.

“From Chasiv Yar, the enemy would be able to take control of Kostiantynivka and establish a bridgehead to assault Kostiantynivka and eventually reach Slovyansk.”

Thus far, the Ukrainian military is holding back invading Russian troops in the area.

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Russian units are assaulting Ukrainian positions near Chasiv Yar, Ivanivske, Bohdanivka, Klishchiyivka and Andriyivka, trying to level the front line in Donetsk Oblast.

"Several months ago, the enemy occupied several streets on the outskirts of Ivanivka, but has not made any further advances," said Fedorenko.

“At the moment, the enemy has not had any success, the Defense Forces have repelled all attacks.”

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Kyiv's forces repelled 13 attacks in near Chasiv Yar, Novyi, Klishchiyivka, Andriivka in Donetsk Oblast on March 28, according to Ukraine's General Staff.

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