The kremlin has intensified the attacks in the region of the Donetskin their eagerness to take over the town of Bakhmut, which has generated a humanitarian crisis due to severe power cuts, lack of water and food shortages.
The Ministry of Defense of Russia affirmed this Tuesday that it captured the town of Blagodatnelocated in eastern Ukraine and north of Bakhmutwhere the Russian army intensified its offensive and has been advancing slowly for several weeks.
“In the Donetsk sector, as a result of the successful offensive actions of volunteer assault detachments, supported by tactical aviation, rocket artillery and artillery of the South military group, they liberated the town of Blahodatne,” the Defense spokesman said. , lieutenant general Igor Konashenkovin his daily part.
The Russian army uses the termvolunteers” to refer to the paramilitary groupsWhat Wagnerwho fight in Ukraine.
Blahodate is located 10 kilometers north of Bakhmut (Artyomovsk), a city near which fierce fighting has been going on for months and whose capture has become, judging by the intensity of the battle, the most immediate objective of the troops russian.
Furthermore, Wagner’s boss, Evgeny Prigozhinhad claimed responsibility for the seizure of the town on Saturday, but kyiv he denied it.
The Russian army and the Wagner group try to conquer Bakhmutwhich had 70,000 inhabitants before the conflict, since last summer.
In recent weeks they intensified their offensive to surround the town. In January, they captured the nearby town of solder and neighboring villages.
The Defense announcement comes two days after the mercenaries of the wagner groupdeclared that they had seized control of Blahodatne.
“Wagner units have taken Blahodatne. Blahodatne is under our control,” said the head of that private military company, Yevgeny Prigozhinquoted by his press service.
The interim head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, said today that control of Blahodatne “will make it possible to considerably improve the positions of (the troops) and cut off one of the supply routes (of the Ukrainian group).”
(With information from AFP and EFE)
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