Fighting around the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut is “extremely intense,” a Ukrainian military official said Tuesday, although little territory has changed hands between Moscow’s and Kyiv’s forces.
In his nightly address Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the situation in Bakhmut “is getting more and more complicated.”
He said Russian forces are “constantly destroying everything that can be used to protect our positions.”
Oleksandr Syrskyi, commander of Ukraine’s ground forces, said on social media, “Despite taking significant losses, the enemy has dispatched its best-trained Wagner assault units to try to break through the defenses of our troops and surround the city.”
He was referring to the Wagner Group, the Russian paramilitary unit fighting alongside Russian troops.
Russia has been intensifying its attacks on several areas in eastern Ukraine, including Bakhmut, the ruined city where 75,000 people once lived.
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