The operation that the ukrainian army develops in the city of Bakhmutin the east of the country, besieged by Russian troops, is of “extreme importance and key” for the “stability of the defense of the entire front”, assured the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, Valery Zaluzhnyi.
The city of Bakhmutin the eastern region of Donetsk, has been resisting for months the offensive of the Russian assault troops made up of the private command of mercenaries of the wagner group, who fight house to house to try to control the area.
Ukraine and Russia consider this city, practically destroyed by the bombings and where barely a few thousand inhabitants remain (it once had 70,000), an important strategic and symbolic point that must be controlled.
Zaluzhnyi emphasized, on his Facebook page, that the “defensive operation on the front of Bakhmut is of paramount importance from a strategic point of view to deter the enemy”.
He also stressed that he respects “the strength, courage and indomitability of the Ukrainian soldiers in Bakhmut ”, a front where casualties number in the thousands on both sides.
“The defensive operation on this front is of the utmost strategic importance to deter the enemy. It is key to the stability of the defense of the entire front. Thanks to all the defenders who worthily reject the occupiers and achieve the victory of Ukraine. (It’s) close!” said the commander in chief.
Bakhmut It has become one of the main war fronts since last August and, according to the Ukrainian Army, “positional battles continue today, with the (Russian) enemy trying to capture the city.”
members of the General Staff of Ukraine They met on Tuesday with the country’s president, Volodimir Zelensky, to discuss the situation in the area and they all supported the need to protect and strengthen this front.
“There is a clear position of the entire General Staff: reinforce this leadership (Bakhmut), deal maximum damage to the occupant”, Zelensky declared for his part, after meeting with the General Staff, in a video message issued last night.
And of course, we are constantly considering the supply of ammunition and weapons at the meetings of the General Staff”, added the president, in what appears to be a reference to the complaints that some soldiers from the front have expressed in recent days for the weapons shortage.
“we will win this war. We are doing everything for it. We support each other. We strengthen the state. We unite the world for our victory, which actually consists of the actions of all those who are fighting for Ukraine,” Zelensky added.
The Ukrainian Armed Forces raised this Wednesday to 161,520 the number of Russian servicemen who have died since the start of the invasion.
The General Staff of the Ukrainian Army indicated in a message posted on its official account on the social network Facebook that since the outbreak of the war, Russia has lost 3,492 tanks, 6,799 armed combat vehicles, 2,528 artillery systems, 502 multiple launch rocket systems.
They have also wiped out 262 air defense systems, 304 combat aircraft, 289 helicopters, 2,132 UAVs, 907 cross missiles, 18 armed ships, 5,377 trucks and 257 units of special equipment.
Russia has not provided data on casualties in the conflict since September, when Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu confirmed the death of 5,937 military.
(With information from EFE and Europa Press)
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