Russian forces shelled the entire front line of the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Ukrainian officials said, part of what appeared to be the Kremlin's scaled-back ambition to secure only the bulk of the country it claimed.
The fiercest fighting happened near the towns of Bakhmut and Avdiivka, the governor of the region Pavlo Kyrylenko said in a TV interview. The artillery slammed into the town of Toretsk southwest of Bakhmut, killing one civilian and damaging 12 buildings, Kyrylenko said.
He said Russian troops were trying to advance near Lyman, which was recaptured in November by Ukrainian forces, one of a number of setbacks suffered by Russia since invading its neighbor in February.
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