“The enemy has not yet received an order to retreat, respectively, he had time to gain a foothold, and given the large number of industrial facilities and high-rise buildings, of course, we assume that the enemy will resist,” Pushilin said on the air of the Rossiya 24 TV channel. .

His words are quoted by RIA Novosti.

Pushilin also announced the consolidation of Russian forces in the eastern part of Vugledar.

According to him, work is being carried out in the vicinity.

Earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that the situation for Ukrainian troops near Artyomovsk (Bakhmut) and Vuhledar in the DPR is very tough.