“From a legal point of view, Bakhmut has been conquered,” Prigozhin said in an audio message posted on Telegram. “The enemy is concentrated in the western parts (of the city),” but at the same time he admitted the ongoing presence of Ukrainian defenders.
Kyiv contradicts the conquest of the city. “The enemy did not stop their attack on Bachmut. However, the Ukrainian defenders are bravely holding the city and repelling numerous enemy attacks,” the Ukrainian General Staff said late Sunday, according to AFP. Early this morning, he stated again that the Ukrainian soldiers managed to repulse a number of enemy attacks.
According to Reuters, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi admitted that the fighting for the city remains particularly difficult, but gave no indication that Bakhmut would fall. The agency notes that the head of the Wagner Group, Prigozhin, has made claims in the past that turned out to be false.
According to the Ukrinform agency, the Ukrainian army said that in the past week it deprived Russia of 4,000 soldiers and 224 pieces of weapons and other military equipment.
Russian troops have been trying to conquer Bakhmut for months as part of their efforts to occupy the entire Donetsk region, which is part of Ukraine’s eastern industrial heartland – Donbass. The eight-month fighting for Bachmut is probably the longest and probably the deadliest battle of the war.
The General Staff of the Ukrainian Army admitted last week that Russian forces had advanced near Bakhmut. According to him, however, the Ukrainian soldiers are generally holding the defensive lines.
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