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Live Updates: Russia’s War in Ukraine

Several destroyed civilian cars are seen on a road near the town of Balakliia, Ukraine, in the Kharkiv region, on September 13. (Glen Garanich/Reuters)

As Ukrainian units continue their offensive in parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Russian forces are trying to gain ground elsewhere, according to the Ukrainian military.

The Army General Staff in its latest bulletin said that Ukrainian units had successfully repelled Russian attacks around the town of Bakhmut, while Russian artillery and airstrikes continued to pound the villages. settlements near the front lines across Donetsk.

“During the day, the enemy carried out two missile strikes, eight air strikes and carried out 13 strikes from anti-missile artillery systems,” according to the army.

Russian mortar and tank fire also took place in the Zaporizhzhia region, the General Staff said.

Claims of plunder: The military claimed that in the Kharkiv and Luhansk regions there had been widespread looting by retreating Russian forces.

The General Staff said that on the Starobilsk-Luhansk highway, in the direction of Luhansk, “about 300 civilian cars, mostly with national license plates of the Kharkiv region, were spotted – most on trailers driven by Russian soldiers”.

He claimed that in the south, around the town of Polohy, Russian troops were also stealing private cars. And in Nova Kakhovka, Kherson region, the Russians “began to massively remove furniture and household appliances from temporarily abandoned settlements.”

CNN is unable to confirm the army’s claims, but there is ample evidence of looting in Kharkiv and other previously occupied Russian areas.

Claims of military shortage: The General Staff also claimed that the Russian military was increasing the graduation of cadets from some Ministry of Defense academies, such as the Black Sea Higher Naval Academy, to compensate for the shortage of junior officers.

“The shortage of commanders at the tactical level is due to the refusal of reserve officers to sign contracts amid recent events. The level of morale and the psychological state of enemy personnel continues to decline,” the general staff said. general. “A significant number of military personnel do not return to military units after their vacation ends.”