Live Updates: Russia’s War in Ukraine

Three civilians were killed and several others injured Sunday in heavy fighting in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, an update from the Donetsk regional military administration said on Monday.

Russian forces shelled areas north of the city of Donetsk with small arms, tanks, artillery, mortars and MLRS “Grad” rockets, the statement said. Some 24 buildings were also damaged, including 20 residential buildings, an electrical substation and a shopping mall.

On Monday morning, shelling also took place in areas southwest of the city of Donetsk.

Water and electricity supplies have been partially restored in the area, but there is currently no gas supply, the statement added.

In a separate update, the head of the Donetsk regional military administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko, spoke on state television on Monday.

“The situation is tense. The shelling along the front line does not stop,” Kyrylenko said. “The hottest spots are in the direction of Avdiivka, Toretsk and Lyman. Active hostilities continue there. There are constant enemy shellings on Bakhmut, Soledar.”

Kyrylenko said the key road from Bakhmut to Lysychansk is still under Ukrainian control, but the Russians are “constantly pounding the road”. It is the main route for the delivery of humanitarian goods and is important for evacuations, he added.

A bit of context: Donetsk is one of the separatist and pro-Russian regions in eastern Ukraine alongside Lugansk, where the Russian offensive has intensified in recent days.

On Thursday, the Ukrainian armed forces acknowledged that Russian forces had made further advances in the Donetsk region, capturing a village about 10 miles southeast of the important town of Bakhmut.

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