Russian troops continue to advance in Bakhmout

Russian troops continue to advance in Bakhmout

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Pressure on the Ukrainian army intensifies in Bakhmout, as Russian troops continue to advance on the northern outskirts of this iconic city.

“Ukrainian Defense Bakhmut town is under increasing pressure, with intense fighting in and around the town,” the UK MoD tweeted on Saturday.

He reported an “advance” by the “Wagner group and the Russian regular army in the northern suburbs of the city now vulnerable to attack from three sides”.

As a result, Kyiv “reinforces the area with elite units and in the last 36 hours two key bridges in Bakhmout have been destroyed, including a vital bridge linking the city to the last main supply route,” the British ministry continued. /p>

Villages located north and west of Bakhmout were attacked on Saturday, Serhii Cherevatyi, spokesman for the Eastern Grouping of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, told CNN on Saturday, reporting a total of 131 assaults on this front.

The battle for Bakhmout, an industrial city whose strategic importance is disputed, has been going on since the summer. The city has become a symbol, as it has been at the heart of fighting between Russians and Ukrainians for months.

For his part, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu inspected a forward command post on Saturday, in the “Donetsk-South” zone, during a visit “to the zone of the special military operation”, without specifying the exact place, nor the proximity to the front line, nor the date of this visit.

The ministry released a video showing Mr. Shoigu traveling in a helicopter, then speaking – without a helmet or combat gear – with a soldier in the same uniform, in front of damaged buildings, under the guard of a soldier .

The day before, the paramilitary group Wagner, which regularly accuses the Russian army command of not providing enough support, claimed to have “virtually surrounded” Bakhmout, in the Donetsk region, and called on President Volodymyr Zelensky to sound the withdrawal of his troops.

“The situation in Bakhmout is difficult, but under control,” a spokesman for the Ukrainian army, Serguiï Tcherevaty, told the My-Ukraina television channel on Saturday.

According to him, the city , now largely destroyed and largely emptied of its inhabitants, is currently the “epicenter” of the conflict.

In recent weeks, Russian forces have advanced, cutting off three of the four Ukrainian supply routes and making the position of the defenders increasingly precarious.

“Wagner's units have practically surrounded Bakhmout, there is only one road left” to get out, Wagner boss Evguéni Prigojine said on Friday in a video published by his press service.

In military uniform and helmet, Mr. Prigojine called on Mr. Zelensky — who had sworn to defend Bakhmut “as long as possible” — to order Ukrainian troops to withdraw from the city.

Kiev said on Saturday that the head of Ukraine's special forces, General Viktor Khorenko, had inspected units defending Bakhmout.

New military aid

As this fierce fighting continues, President Joe Biden announced on Friday $400 million in new military aid to Ukraine.

Western military aid to Ukraine has been crucial in enabling Kiev to resist Russian troops and even regain ground, but the Kremlin has said such aid will only “prolong the conflict”.

< p>Washington nevertheless included in this military support munitions, notably for the Himars rocket system, which Ukrainian forces used with devastating effect on Russian troops and logistics lines.

The Ukrainian Minister of Defence, Oleksiï Reznikov, hailed a new “solid investment for the future successes of the Ukrainian army on the battlefield”.

For his part, Volodymyr Zelensky received on Saturday in Lviv, in western Ukraine, the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola. “Ukraine has the objective (…) to start negotiations to join the EU this year,” he said on Telegram.

Ms Metsola said she shared this objective. “The future of Ukraine is in the European Union,” she said.

Russian troops continue to advance in Bakhmout

Russian troops continue to advance in Bakhmout

At the same time, several officials from Ukrainian regions in the south and east of the country have reported new Russian fire against civilian infrastructure in the past 24 hours.

According to a new report from the Ukrainian emergency services, the strike against an apartment building in Zaporizhia, on the night of Wednesday to Thursday, killed 11 people, including a child.

The authorities also announced the death of two civilians during a strike Russian artillery” on Saturday morning on the town of Gulyaï Polé, and two other dead during shootings on the locality of Chervonohryhorivka in the Dnipro region.

On Telegram, the mayor of the town of Horlivka, under control of the pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk, told him that two civilians had been killed during a bombardment coming from “the Ukrainian forces niennes”.