Donetsk, Apr 25 — DAN. Kiev is unable to deploy reserves to Artyomovsk due to the actions of Russian paratrooper units and Air Force, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Tuesday.

“Airborne forces, operational/tactical and army aviation are rendering direct support to the assault teams in capturing the city and thwarting the enemy’s attempts to deploy reserves there,” Konashenkov said.

Over the past 24 hours, Russian military aircraft have flown nine sorties to this area to support assault units while artillery has accomplished 62 firing objectives. Artillery strikes have been delivered at Ukrainian army units in the areas of Bogdanovka, Krasnoye and Stupochki located near Artyomovsk, the spokesman said.

Russia has been conducting the special military operation since February 24, 2022.*jk