While the Ukrainian army on Saturday reported few offensive operations by Russian forces around Kyiv and parts of the south, fighting continued further east.
Two children were killed in the town of Rubizhne after being pulled from the rubble of a residential building hit by Russian artillery, emergency services said.
A woman also died in the collapse of the same building; Her daughter survived and was in stable condition.
Some context: Rubizhne is part of a group of small towns and villages that remain in Ukrainian hands but are close to two breakaway pro-Russian small towns in eastern Ukraine.
The Ukrainian army’s latest assessment of the war makes it clear that it is seen as the current focus of the Russian campaign in the east – to link the two strongholds around Luhansk and Donetsk with territorial gains made in the northwest in the Kharkiv region.
Saturday’s daily update from the Army Central Command, released early in the afternoon, reported on a series of Russian offensives with “the main efforts focused on attempts to capture Severodonetsk, Rubishne and Popasna.”
Other deaths and destruction: Four people were killed and 10 others injured on Friday when Russian artillery opened up in a number of communities in the region, local Ukrainian authorities said.
Regional head Serhii Haidai said a total of 54 buildings were hit, including 19 apartment blocks and two health centers.
About 23 towns and villages were without gas supplies and 26 without electricity by the end of the day.
Many of those wounded in recent days were among the 700 people who were evacuated through a humanitarian corridor on Saturday, Haidai reported.