"During the day, Ukrainian attack aircraft twice attempted to attack the stronghold with superior forces, but they could not break through the defenses of the fighters of the 37th Separate Guards Motorized Rifle Brigade," the report said.

It is noted that during the contact battle, 12 fighters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were opposed by five Russian soldiers.

Ukrainian servicemen were forced to retreat, all Russian soldiers were awarded the Order of Courage.

Volodymyr Zelensky previously admitted that he did not know whether the Ukrainian army was capable of succeeding in the offensive before the end of 2023.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Kyiv had lost 71,<> men in the counteroffensive.