Ukraine mortar unit says advancing near Bakhmut

STORY: According to soldiers manning it, up to 100 mortar shells are fired daily from a position near Bakhmut, in eastern Ukraine.

The head of Russian mercenaries fighting in Bakhmut said the city was unlikely to fall in the next two days. Ukrainian soldiers, he said, were holed up in a makeshift "fortress" in the south of the city.

Moscow regards its assault on Bakhmut, a city of about 70,000 people before Russia's full-scale invasion, as an important part of a campaign to capture the rest of the industrial Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.