Russian troops redoubled their attacks on the city of Bakhmut on Sundayan important communications hub in eastern Ukraine that has been the scene of fierce fighting for several months now.
“On the Bakhmut front, the enemy continues to attack our positions,” the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported on its Facebook page on Sunday. According to the Ukrainian command, attempts by Vladimir Putin’s troops to make progress in that area were repelled.
“At the moment there are no signs that the Kiev regime has begun to withdraw its fighters and salvage its depleted units,” the Russian-imposed interim leader in the eastern Donetsk region of Ukraine said of the situation in Bakhmut. Denis Pushlinin an interview with the official Russian agency TASS.
He recalled that the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenskydeclared that his army does not intend to defend Bakhmut at “any price” and that it will do so “as long as it is reasonable.”
“The word ‘reasonable’ for the enemy can mean anything, including fighting ‘every last Ukrainian,'” Pushilin added.
According to the Russian command, the Ukrainian contingent defending Bakhmut, which before the outbreak of military actions had a population of about 70,000, is practically surrounded, since the Russian Army controls the northern, southern and eastern approaches to the city. while the west is within range of their artillery.
This Saturday the founder of the Wagner Group mercenary company, the Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhinannounced that his assault detachments captured the small village of Yahidne, which is located three kilometers from the center of Bakhmut.
However, this point was not confirmed in the report that the Russian Ministry of Defense offers daily.
Bakhmut (Artiomovsk, for the Russians) is located 55 kilometers northeast of the city of Donetsk and is connected by road to Kramatorsk and Sloviansk, the largest cities in the Donetsk region that are under the control of Ukrainian troops.
According to the kyiv government, the resistance offered by the Ukrainian troops in that sector of the front not only allows to wear down the Russian forcesbut also prepare a counteroffensive.
The deputy head of Ukrainian military intelligence, Vadim Skibitskyindicated that in the European spring of this year the Ukrainian Army will be prepared to launch a counteroffensive, which will depend on many factors, including Western weapons supplies.
One of the objectives of the counteroffensive, said Skibitskiy in statements collected today by the digital Ukrainian Pravdais to “open a gap in the Russian southern front, between Crimea and mainland Russia.”
He stressed that Ukraine will not rest until it liberates all the occupied territories, including the Crimean peninsula. “We will stop only when we recover the country on the borders it had in 1991,” said the senior Ukrainian official.
Zelensky reiterated this Sunday, which Ukraine remembers as the Day of Resistance to the Russian Occupation of Crimea, that peace can be restored with the return to the Ukrainians of this peninsula, annexed by Russia in 2014.
“Nine years ago the Russian aggression began in the Crimea. If we take back Crimea, we will restore peace. It is our land. Our town. Our history. We will return the Ukrainian flag to all corners of Ukraine,” the Ukrainian president wrote in a message on Telegram.
On February 26, 2014, next to the headquarters of the Parliament of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, in Simferopol, pro-Russians and pro-Ukrainians gathered in a rally that ended in clashes in which two people died and about thirty were injured.
Twenty days later, on March 18, Russia annexed the peninsula.
(With information from EFE)
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