A new report from Department of Military Intelligence of the British Ministry of Defense warned that fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces in the city of Bakhmut -to the east of the country- are practically stagnant.
He enormous wear suffered during this year of offensive has left heavy casualties both troops and weapons on both sides.
Given this, Russia is evaluating a new twist in its strategy to strengthen positions that it has conquered in the vicinity of the city, mainly in adviivka and the sector of Kremina-Svatove.
“Russia’s assault on Bakhmut has largely stalled due to the extreme attrition of Russian forces. Ukraine has also suffered huge casualties during its defense,” the Ministry reported.
With an eye on “stabilize your forehead” and “after the inconclusive results of their attempts to launch a general offensive.” since the beginning of this year, Moscow would be returning to “a more defensive operating model” for which he is even trying to enroll up to 400,000 new soldiers to replenish their ranks.
In this way, Putin would avoid another forced mobilization of reservists that, last fall, shook public confidence and led to the exodus of up to a million Russians from the country.
The Russian casualties also reached the group of mercenaries Wagner which, in recent months, has experienced tensions with the Kremlin forces and which has also affected the Moscow offensive. “They are losing strength and oxygen considerably”the commander of the Ukrainian Land Forces, Oleksandr Syrskyi, wrote on his Telegram channel.
For his part, Volodimir Zelensky’s troops are focused on resist with small victories that they allow hold your ground and not lose ground to enemies.
This week, the Kiev Special Operations Forces announced that they “eliminated a company of Russian troops and destroyed an unmanned aerial vehicle (drone)”, more precisely “an Orlan-10 UAV”.
This Thursday, the commander of the Ukrainian Land Forces, Oleksandr Syrskyiused his Telegram channel to honor the efforts of the troops at the front and highlighted his “superhuman resilience, courage and bravery that they display under continuous fire from enemy artillery and aircraft”.
Also, last Wednesday, the president Volodimir Zelensky He visited Bakhmut and also thanked the soldiers for their work at this point, considered one of the hottest.
“Thank you for protecting our state, our sovereignty and eastern Ukraine”he commented in his address during his visit, which also included a visit to the hospital where wounded soldiers are treated.
The situation there has been compared to “a tour of hell”: soldiers with blackened and dirty hands, bandaged heads and limbs in splints are some of the images that are seen daily in the center, where military doctors fight daily to cure to the men and women on the front lines.
(With information from Europa Press)
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