The Ukrainian Armed Forces They have assured this Tuesday that they have “liquidated” more than a thousand soldiers from Russia during the last day of fighting, centered on the town of Bakhmutlocated in the region of Donetsk (east) and practically surrounded by Russian troops, who have set it as a strategic objective of their offensive.
The General Staff of the Ukrainian Army has pointed out in a message on its official account on the social network Facebook that 1,060 Russian soldiers have died in the last 24 hours and he noted that “the enemy’s total combat losses” since the start of the invasion are around 154,830 soldiers, a figure much higher than that confirmed to date by Moscow.
He also pointed out that to date 3,432 battle tanks, 2,456 artillery systems, 253 anti-aircraft defense systems, 303 planes, 289 helicopters, 2,095 drones, 873 cruise missiles, 18 boats, 5,323 vehicles and fuel tanks and 236 pieces of “special equipment”.
Russia has not provided data on casualties in the conflict since September, when the Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, confirmed the death of 5,937 soldiers. The Russian news portal midfielder brings the total number of deaths to 15,136 -including 1,043 during the last 15 days-, figures that it considers “corroborated” through publicly available data, a work carried out together with the British television channel BBC.
What looked like an imminent fall over the weekend resulted in a fierce defense by Ukrainian troops in Bakhmut and even some successful advances on the Russian troops, in a battle that has gained enormous symbolic value for both sides.
The invading army planned to completely surround the eastern city of Ukrainebecome one of the epicenters of the war, but the local troops showed a harsh response.
In its daily report, the Ukrainian General Staff said on Monday that it had repelled “more than 130 enemy attacks” in the past 24 hours at various locations on the front, including Liman, Bakhmut, Kupiansk and Avdiivka.
It was early on Saturday that Ukrainian brigades went on the attack, later joined by hundreds of troops mounting ground assaults and shelling Russian positions from the outskirts of the city.
“I am confident that Bakhmut will resist,” said the colonel Yevhen Mezhevikin, commander of a combined tactical group fighting in the area. “We have enough forces to drive the enemy back from this city, but it depends on the tasks that the command has, whether it is to hold the city or inflict maximum losses on the enemy,” he explained, according to a publication. The New York Times. The US newspaper report indicated that the soldiers on the ground expressed their exhaustion, but did not seem willing to give up.
For his part, the head of the Russian company of mercenaries Wagner, the businessman Yevgeny PrigozhinHe warned that if his troops withdraw from Bakhmut, a city in eastern Ukraine, “the entire front will collapse.”
“If the Wagner private military company withdraws from Bakhmut, the entire front will collapse.”, Prigozhin said in a video posted on YouTube, adding that the collapse may reach “as far as the borders of Russia and, perhaps, beyond”.
“The situation will not be good for all military formations that protect Russian interests,” he added.
In a nearly four-minute video posted Saturday on Wagner’s Telegram channel, Prigozhin said his troops were concerned the government would want to make potential scapegoats of them if Russia lost the war.
(With information from Europa Press)
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