Recently, Ukrainian border guards conducted a counterattack and improved their tactical position near Bakhmut.
Details: Reportedly, Bakhmut is firmly defended by the Defence Forces, which include units of the State Border Service. If possible, Ukrainian servicemen also capture Russian forces’ positions.
Quote: "Yes, recently, the servicemen of the Luhansk border detachment carried out effective counterattacks near Bakhmut. The border guards, in several groups, attacked the occupiers' stronghold from the flanks. With a sudden attack, a unit of the occupying forces has been pushed back.
During the night, the Russian invaders tried to regain the lost border, but every time they received fire damage from the Ukrainian border guards and escaped. In total, in close combat, our soldiers killed 18 and wounded 24 invaders."
On 7 January, State Border Guard Service of Ukraine reported that border guard snipers have stopped a Russian attack near Bakhmut and killed one of the occupiers’ commanders.
The most recent report from the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) suggests that Russian occupation forces are far from an operational encirclement of Bakhmut, despite recent Russian gains in Soledar.