Zelensky says Ukraine is making gains outside Bakhmut but fighting rages nearby

KYIV, Ukraine—Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said his forces had repelled Russian troops from the outskirts of the disputed eastern town of Bakhmut, giving high-level endorsement of recent similar reports from some Ukrainian forces on the ground.

Russian officials have not commented on any retreat from or around the battle zone, which has reached outsized importance for both sides.


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