The russian troops achieve marginal results in the battle for Bakhmutbut they do not manage to take the city, assured today the Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister, Hanna Malyar.
The Russian army “concentrates its greatest efforts on establishing control over Bakhmut, tries to advance towards the center of the city, in some areas it has little variable progress. But he fails to take the city. Intense fighting continues around and in the city itself,” he said in a message on Telegram.
He added that the situation in the east in the areas of the defensive operation remains quite complicated.
“The aggressor is carrying out important offensives simultaneously in four directions, namely: Lyman, Bakhmut, Maryinka and Avdiivka. Predominantly unsuccessful,” she indicated.
He added that “the enemy is also carrying out offensive operations in the Avdiivka area to encircle the city and block supply routes” and that “in addition, fighting continues in Bilohorivka and in Maryinka.”
According to analysts at the US Institute for the Study of War (ISW), Ukrainian forces have retaken their positions around Bakhmut, in the Donetsk region. However, Russian troops have made some progress in the city itself.
The President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelensky, warned this week that unless his nation wins a protracted battle in a key eastern city, Russia could begin to generate international support for a deal that could require Ukraine to make unacceptable compromises. He also invited the leader of Chinalong allied with Russia, to visit him.
Yeah Bakhmut fell to Russian forces, its president, Vladimir Putin, “I would sell this victory to the West, to its society, to China, to Iran,” Zelensky said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press.
“If he feels any blood, he smells that we’re weak, he’ll push, push, push,” Zelensky said in English, which he used for virtually the entire interview.
The leader spoke to PA aboard a train that took him through Ukraineto cities close to some of the fiercest fighting and to others where your country’s forces have successfully repelled the invasion of Russia.
Since then, Ukraine, backed by much of West, has shocked the world with the strength of its resistance against the larger and better equipped Russian army. Ukrainian forces have held their capital, kyivand have pushed Russia back from other strategically important areas.
But as the war enters its second year, Zelensky finds himself focused on keeping motivation high both in his army and in the wider Ukrainian population, particularly the millions who have fled abroad and those living in relative comfort and safety. away from the front lines.
Zelensky is also well aware that his country’s success is due in large part to waves of international military support, particularly from United States and Europe western. But some in the United States, including the Republican donald trumpthe former US president, have questioned whether Washington it should continue to provide Ukraine with billions of dollars in military aid.
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