President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned that the salt mining city of Bakhmut could fall to Moscow as Russia are throwing more soldiers to their deaths and the situation is becoming “more and more difficult.”
Russian Generals have adopted a new strategy of “exhaustion and total destruction” and they are “destroying everything” and President Zelensky admitted it is becoming more difficult to defend Bakhmut.
President Zelensky said, “The enemy is constantly destroying everything that can be used to protect our positions.”
The Ukrainian President has asked the West again for fighter jets as Russia are using warplanes and dozens of drone attacks deep inside Ukraine.
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Vladimir Putin is losing around 1,000 soldiers every day to take the city of Bakhmut and Russian troops backed up by Wagner mercenaries are gaining ground.
The commander of Ukraine’s ground forces, Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskyi said the situation in Bakhmut is “extremely tense.”
He added, “Despite significant losses, the enemy threw in the most prepared assault units of Wagner, who are trying to break through the defences of our troops and surround the city.”
Syrskyi also said that Russian forces are trying to cut off supply lines to Bakhmut in an attempt to either get Ukrainian troops to withdraw or surrender.
A Ukrainian soldier told CNN that there are serious difficulties in all directions as Russian forces are advancing.
The fighter who remained anonymous told CNN, “The situation in Bakhmut is very difficult now. It is much worse than officially reported.
“We should add another 100% difficulty to the official reports. In all directions. Especially in the northern direction, where the orcs [Russian troops] have made the biggest advance.”
He added, “The city will be defended until the end, no matter what.
“We all understand that we are holding on and dying to win time for a counteroffensive in the spring. We cannot give up every city without a fight.”
Should Russian troops take control of the salt mining city this would provide Moscow with an enormous boost which could then pave the way to re-take control of the Donetsk region.
The battle for Bakhmut is one of the bloodiest of the war so far and a Ukrainian commander warned the situation is “very tense” as Russian forces have upped their attacks.