The head of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny PrigozhinI affirm that Ukraine send reinforcements to Bakhmutepicenter of the fighting in the Donbasand offers a “fierce” resistance to retain the city.
“(The Ukrainians) send additional reserves to the forest together with Artiomovsk (Russian name for Bakhmut) and by all means try to hold the city,” Prigozhin said in an audio message on Telegram.
The head of the mercenary group, the main Russian assault force in the area, added that “thousands of Ukrainian Army fighters offer fierce resistance” in Bakhmut.
“The bloody fighting increases every day,” he said.
According to Ukrainian sources, in Bakhmut there are still some 4,500 civilians out of the more than 70,000 who resided in this city.
The President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelenskyrecognized this Wednesday that the fighting with the Russians has intensified in that strategic location and announced that it would send more troops to fight against the Russian troops.
Likewise, Ukraine assured that “it survived the hardest winter in its history”, despite the Russian bombings that left millions of people without electricity, a year after Moscow began its illegal invasion.
But on the ground, Ukrainian forces are under pressure in the east of the country, especially in Bakhmut, while Russia claims it repelled a “massive” drone attack in the crimean peninsulaannexed by Moscow in 2014.
“We have made it through this winter. It was very difficult and every Ukrainian has experienced this difficulty, but we were able to supply Ukraine with energy and heating”, said the Ukrainian president Volodimir Zelensky.
The head of Ukrainian diplomacy, Dmytro Kulebaassured that his country “has overcome the winter terror.
“We have survived the most difficult winter in our history. It was cold and dark, but we were unwavering,” she said.
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Ukraine suffered a winter under a long series of Russian missile attacks and explosive drones against civil and energy installations, periodically causing massive cuts of electricity and drinking water.
These bombings forced the national operator ukrenergo to supply power alternately.
Millions of people, including residents of kyiv and from other large cities, they had to endure some frigid temperatures no heating.
“Our partners have helped us. The European Union has also won, and contrary to Moscow’s taunts, it has not frozen without Russian gas.”, Kuleba insisted, referring to Moscow’s catastrophic forecasts before winter.
The western allies from Ukraine supplied air defense systems and Russia has decreased the frequency and magnitude of its attacks.
ukrenergo confirmed on Wednesday that the Ukrainian electricity system had not registered an energy deficit for 18 days and that no cut was foreseen.
During the winter, the fighting has concentrated in the east of the country, especially around the city of Bakhmutwhere the situation is “extremely tense”, according to the Ukrainian army, after the incessant attacks from Moscow.
In recent weeks, Russian troops have tightened the siege around this city, whose conquest has become a symbol of control of the industrial basin of the Donbasin the east of the country.
(With information from EFE)
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