Ukraine builds new defense lines west of Bakhmut

STORY: Ukraine military general staff said on Thursday that the enemy was continuing to advance toward Bakhmut and "is storming the city".

Machinery digging new trenches in the Chasiv Yar area, west of Bakhmut are believed to be part of new line of defense.

Under constant attack from Russian troops seeking to claim their first major victory for more than half a year, Ukrainian forces hung onto their positions in the ruined city.