"With shell starvation in the heaviest battles, assault squads expand the encirclement of Bakhmut. This morning, the village of Zaliznyanske was taken by the assault detachments of the Wagner PMC," he said.

Earlier, Prigozhin said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the area of Artemovsk lose about 10-11 thousand people killed per month.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky claims that the defense of the city will be strengthened.