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Russian forces tried again to advance from northern Sloviansk but their offensive failed and they retreated, the Ukrainian military said.

The battle took place near Mazanivka, on the border of Donetsk and Kharkiv regions, an area that first saw Russian efforts to break through more than 40 days ago, according to the General Staff .

Another Russian assault further east also failed, despite support from fighter jets, he added. “Near Ivano-Dariivka, with the support of aviation, the enemy carried out unsuccessful assault actions. He suffered losses and retreated,” the General Staff said.

Fighting has been going on in this district for more than a month.

The Ukrainians say the Russian objectives remain the same – they are “focused on conducting active offensive and assault actions in the directions of Kramatorsk, Bakhmut and Avdiivka”, the General Staff said.

Bakhmut and Avdiivka have been a few kilometers from the front lines for several months, but they remain in Ukrainian hands.

The Ukrainians say further efforts to advance in the Bakhmut region have been rebuffed.

“The offensive and assault actions of the occupiers in Soledar, Zaitseve and Maiorsk districts resulted in losses and withdrawal,” he added, pointing to another attack just south of Bakhmut. [in the Vershyna area] had also been foiled.

Meanwhile, the Russians appear to have redoubled their efforts to break through Ukrainian lines in southern Donetsk, between Pavlivka and Novomykhailivka, where “hostilities are continuing”, according to the General Staff.

Further north, in the Kharkiv region, the Ukrainian General Staff said nearly 20 settlements had been fired upon, including several near the border with Russia.

Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekov urged civilians to stay home after shells fell in Saltivka district.

Christi C. Elwood