ISW notes Russian offensive attempts near Bakhmut and Avdiivka have no success
Russian troops continue offensive attempts near Bakhmut and Avdiivka, Donetsk region, but fail to succeed
According to ISW, several Russian milbloggers claimed on September 24 and 25 that Russian forces pushed Ukrainian forces from their positions in Orikhovo-Vasylivka and that Russian forces now control the settlement. One Russian milblogger acknowledged that there is no visual confirmation of these claims.
It was also reported that Russian troops counterattacking near Kurdyumivka (12km southwest of Bakhmut).
On September 25, Ukrainian troops continued their offensive near Bakhmut. Ukrainian Eastern Group of Forces Spokesperson Captain Ilya Yevlash stated that Ukrainian troops had liberated an additional 2 km of territory in the Bakhmut direction. The Ukrainian General Staff also reported that Russian forces had launched unsuccessful attacks near Klishchiivka and east and southeast of Bohdanivka.
The Russian Ministry of Defense claimed that units of the Russian Southern Military Group repelled Ukrainian attacks near Mayorske (20 km south of Bakhmut).
Russian bloggers wrote that Ukrainian troops were trying to break through Russian defensive positions along the railroad east of Klishchiivka (7 km southwest of Bakhmut). Another Russian blogger noted that the front lines near Bakhmut had not changed recently.
Also, on September 25, Russian troops continued unsuccessful ground attacks along the Avdiivka-Donetsk line. Ukraine's General Staff reported that Russian troops unsuccessfully attacked near Avdiivka and Marinka (on the western outskirts of Donetsk) and unsuccessfully tried to recapture lost positions near Novomykhailivka (36 km southwest of Avdiivka).
According to the Ukraine's General Staff, the Russian army continued its attempts to recapture the lost positions near Klishchiivka in Donetsk region and Robotyne in the south. Russian losses reached 276 thousand people.