Russian media reported that Wagner's forces took control of a mineral processing plant in the Bakhmut region of eastern Ukraine, and in the meantime a British intelligence report revealed the extent of Russia's use of Iranian drones in its war on Ukraine.

Russia's RIA Novosti news agency and the Russian military website Ryadovka said Ukrainian troops were holed up at the plant in the Azov region, which is dedicated to non-ferrous metals.

Video footage released by the Russian news agency showed Wagner Group members walking around the factory.

Several members of Wagner's forces made statements saying Ukrainian forces had long barricaded themselves inside the factory and deployed militants there, according to RIA Novosti.

Pakhmut Front

Also on Pakhmutt, the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reported that Russian forces continued to launch ground attacks in and around the city, and were able to take control of positions in the city.

A report by the institute monitored the advance of Russian forces on the T0513 highway in Pakhmut towards the city center and marginally in the southwest of the city.

"Geolocation footage released two days ago showed that during a recent counteroffensive, Ukrainian forces regained territory along the E40 highway north of Bakhmot," he said.

After taking control of the eastern part of Bakhmot, the forces of the Russian Wagner Military Group are seeking to advance towards the western section controlled by Ukrainian forces and close the last Ukrainian supply routes west of the city.

In the Donbas region, pro-Russian authorities in Donetsk said four civilians were wounded in Ukrainian shelling of the city and province of Donetsk.

Authorities noted that over the past day, Ukrainian forces shelled 5 residential areas in the province with more than 60 shells.

Iranian marches

On the other hand, British intelligence said in its daily report that Russian forces have launched 71 attacks since the beginning of March at the Iranian Shahid drones.

Russia is likely to launch Iranian drones from two axes in Ukraine to reduce flight time while hitting targets.

The military authorities in Ukraine frequently announce that they have responded to attacks by Iranian suicide drones, targeting several areas of Ukrainian territory, often resulting in deaths and injuries, as well as damage to buildings and installations.

In September, Ukraine announced that it had for the first time shot down an Iranian-made Shahed-136 drone in the Kharkiv region used by Russian forces.

This came a few weeks after US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan revealed Russia's intention to buy hundreds of Iranian combat drones for use in Ukraine.

Tehran has officially denied that it has an intention to sell drones to Russia, and said that what it delivered to Moscow was before the war on Ukraine, on February 24 last year.