Fighting Around Bakhmut ‘Extremely Intense,’ Ukraine Military Official Says

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Smoke and flames rise from a building damaged by a Russian military strike, amid their attack on Ukraine, in the front line city of Bakhmut, in Donetsk region, Ukraine, Feb. 27, 2023. – Reuters

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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About Joel Cholo Brooks 14027 Articles
Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.
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