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The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said in its latest situation report on Wednesday that Russia was focusing its offensive operations on the Lyman, Bakhmut and Avdivka directions in eastern Ukraine.

“It is working to improve the tactical situation in the direction of Kupyansk,” the General Staff added.

“In the direction of Kupyansk and Lyman, 15 settlements were shelled by tanks and artillery,” the General Staff said.

At the end of September, Ukrainian troops liberated Kupyansk in the Kharkov region and Lyman in the Donetsk region.

“In the direction of Bakhmut and Avdiivka, areas of more than 30 settlements were shelled,” it added.

In an update on Wednesday, Ukraine’s State Border Guard said it had repelled a Russian attack in the direction of Bakhmut and had taken positions.

“During the fighting, nine occupiers were killed and around 20 were wounded. Currently, defense forces have advanced 300 meters and are consolidating their positions,” the state border guard said.

Other affected areas: Meanwhile, more than 40 settlements have come under fire in the southern Zaporizhia and Kherson regions over the past day, the General Staff said.

“They have not stopped terrorizing civilians in towns west of the Dnieper,” it added.

CNN was unable to verify the battlefield claims.

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