The president of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Denis Pushilin, admitted on Monday that the situation on the front line in the Eastern Ukraine is “difficult” given the counteroffensive carried out by the Ukrainian forces.
Pushilin’s words, which have ensured that the Russian forces continue to control the area, come after the Ukrainian Armed Forces said they had seized part of the territory during the last days of fighting, especially in the Kharkov area, in the northeast of the country.
“The situation remains difficult. The adversary is trying to damage civilian and vital infrastructure”, he has asserted in statements to the Rossiya 24 television network. Thus, he has alluded to a “massive” bombardment by the Ukrainian forces.
In this sense, he has made reference to the attacks perpetrated against the town of Liman, in the easternmost area. However, he has asserted that despite the difficulties, the Russian side has the situation “under control”. Also, it has indicated that they have made progress in “certain areas” although it has not listed them.
The Ukrainian Army had initially announced a counteroffensive in the south before advancing towards the Kharkov region over the weekend, forcing the Russian military to abandon other positions.
On the other hand, Ukraine’s General Prosecutor’s Office announced on Monday that four bodies of civilians with signs of torture have been found in a town in the Kharkov region (northeast), released by Ukrainian forces as part of their counteroffensive against the Russian Army.
According to a statement published by the prosecution on Telegram, residents of the village of Zhalizhnichne, which remained under Russian control until a few days ago, notified the police after the release that Russian forces had executed several residents.
The agents found four bodies yesterday Sunday, three of them buried in the vicinity of what is supposed to be their respective homes and a room on the land of a cement factory.
“According to the preliminary version of the investigation, the victims were killed by the Russian Army during the occupation of the town,” the prosecution said, adding that the bodies are currently being examined by forensic experts.