Ukraine's Zelenskiy: We are advancing in some parts of Donbas

Ukrainian soldiers fires a round from a former Russian tank, in Bakhmut

(Reuters) - Ukrainian forces are holding their positions against Russian troops in the eastern Donbas region and making small advances in some areas, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Friday.

"On the whole, we are holding our positions," Zelenskiy said in his nightly video address. "There are also some areas of the front where we are advancing a bit."

Zelenskiy also said Ukraine, subject to waves of Russian air attacks, had strengthened its anti-aircraft capability and would further strengthen it in the new year to protect both itself and the entire European continent.

(Reporting by Ron Popeski and Bohdan Kochubey; Editing by Chris Reese)