More than 1,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in action in what has been the bloodiest and deadly day since the war in Ukraine started.
Vladimir Putin is throwing thousands of men in to the salt mining city of Bakhmut as cannon fodder and on Saturday the Ukrainian army said that they had killed 1,090 in 24 hours.
Russian forces also lost four air defence systems, four artillery guns, eight tanks and seven armoured fighting vehicles in the fight for Bakhmut and the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said the frontline has now changed direction.
Putin has suffered a further blow as Wagner mercenaries have been left stranded in the deadly “killing zone” after Ukrainian forces “demolished key bridges” stopping them dead in their tracks.
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Despite the Ukrainian forces securing a key victory they remain “vulnerable” as Russian troops and Wagner forces continue to attack from different directions.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address, “In less than a week, starting from 6 March, we managed to kill more than 1,100 enemy soldiers in the Bakhmut sector alone, Russia’s irreversible loss, right there, near Bakhmut.”
President Zelensky added that Russia also suffered 1,500 “sanitary losses” (badly wounded soldiers) enough to keep them out of action.
Wagner founder Yevgeny Prigozhin said on Sunday, that the situation in Bakhmut was “tough, very tough” and that the fighting is getting harder and more fierce the closer his forces got to the centre
The British MoD wrote in their latest intelligence update on Monday, “Over the last four days, Wagner Group forces have taken control of most of eastern part of the Donbas town of Bakhmut.
“In the town centre, the Bakhmutka River now marks the front line.
“Ukrainian forces hold the west of the town and have demolished key bridges over the river, which runs through north-south through a strip of open ground 200m-800m wide, between built up areas.
“With Ukrainian units able to fire from fortified buildings to the west, this area has become a killing zone, likely making it highly challenging for Wagner forces attempting to continue their frontal assault westwards.