Donetsk’s pro-Russian leader said Ukrainian troops are holding out in Bakhmut and kyiv has no intention of withdrawing them

Denis Pushilin, acting leader of the Russian-controlled parts of the Donetsk region of Ukraine (REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko) (ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO/)

He leader of the self-proclaimed people’s republic of Donetsk, Denis Pushilinstated today that the Ukrainian troops continue to offer resistance in the city of Bakhmut and that kyiv does not intend to withdraw them.

“The situation in Artiomovsk remains complex, difficult. We see no indication that the enemy intends to withdraw the units from him or that (Ukrainian President) Volodimir Zelensky wants to save them, which would be a more appropriate expression, ”Pushilin said in statements to the channel. Rossia-24 of Russian state television.

He stressed that the only road the Ukrainians can use to reach Bakhmut is under fire from the units of the wagner groupthe mercenary company headed by the Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin.

“At the same time it is necessary to emphasize that we see a concentration of certain (Ukrainian) forces at Chasiv Yar. But that does not prevent our units from advancing at all,” Pushilin said.

Ukrainian service members fire an M119 howitzer (Reuters)
Ukrainian service members fire an M119 howitzer (Reuters) (STRINGER /)

Chasiv Yar is a town about 10 kilometers west of Bakhmut, which the Donetsk leader says is 50% controlled by Russian forces.

Pushilin added that Russian troops continue offensive actions in the direction of Avdiivkasatellite city of Donetsk, the capital of the region of the same name.

“Move forward, but not quickly. You have to understand that the enemy permanently sends reserves and has quite important fortifications”, he admitted.

He noted that the Ukrainian forces stationed in Avdiivka have about five supply routes that are under Russian fire.

(With information from EFE)

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