In a new display of divisions among Russia’s top military commanders, the wagner group the Russian army denied againwhich affirmed this Thursday that it has blocked the Ukrainian troops entrenched in Bakhmutand assured that kyiv’s forces continue to resist in the epicenter city for months of fierce fighting.
The head of the Russian military group Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhinwhose fighters are in the front line on the front lines of Bakhmutindicated that it was “premature” talk about full fence of the locality
Bakhmutwhich had 70,000 inhabitants before the war, has been the scene of fierce fighting for months and has become a symbol of the struggle between Russians and Ukrainians to control the industrial region of Donbas in the east.
“The airborne troops [rusas] support the assault troops on the flanks [de Wagner]blocking the delivery of reserves of the Ukrainian army to the city and the possibility of withdrawal of enemy units” from Bakhmutthe Russian Ministry of Defense had indicated in its daily report.
In addition, the Ukrainian army denied the blockade of its soldiers.
“This does not correspond to reality,” said the military spokesman for the eastern zone, Sergei Cherevaty, ensuring that the Ukrainian army still had the possibility to “deliver food, ammunition, medicine” in Bakhmutas well as care for their wounded.
“Our forces maintain their defense by inflicting heavy losses on the enemy on a daily basis,” he added.
According to the spokesman, the Ukrainian artillery carries out “constantly” shots of counter-battery to prevent the guns from firing towards the supply lines of Bakhmut.
Wagner’s leader, Prigozhin, was more prudent than the Russian army. Prigozhin has been in conflict for some time with the Russian military high command, who on his part accuse him of wanting to create an alternative army with his private militia.
“Ukrainian armed forces continue to bring reinforcements and move them into the city”, he said in a message posted on Telegram.
“Difficult and bloody fighting is underway, so it is premature to talk about a total blockade of Bakhmut”, he added, assuring that 80% of the city is under Russian control.
In recent days, the Ukrainian forces seem to have lost ground in the center of the town, from where several Russian war reporters showed a devastated and apocalyptic city.
At the beginning of March, when it seemed that Bakhmut was going to pass into Russian hands, the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenskyruled out any withdrawal of his army.
kyiv claims that their resistance in the city has allowed them to concentrate in one place at the front and destroy a large number of Russian troops.
Experts, however, point out that the Ukrainian army has paid a heavy price in these fighting.
the battle for Bakhmut it is the longest and deadliest since the start of the Russian invasion in February 2022.
(With information from EFE and AFP)
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