“Units, in particular Wagner, are advancing in Artyomovsk itself, and fighting is already going on somewhere on the outskirts, and somewhere in those quarters that were recently held by the enemy,” TASS quoted him as saying.

Earlier, CNN, citing sources, reported that the US authorities were unhappy with the fact that the Ukrainian military-political leadership was failing in the Bakhmut (Artyomovsk) area.

It is specified that Washington is calling on Kyiv to change its strategy and move from fighting to an offensive in the south.

According to the commander of the Akhmat special forces, Apty Alaudinov, the fighting is going on in the eastern and southern parts of Artyomovsk.