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.
The commander of Ukraine’s ground forces, Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi 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.
Russian forces are also trying to encircle the city and Syrskyi said, “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.”
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Moscow have bolstered their troops in the contested area of Bakhmut where Ukrainian troops are “repelling more than 60 enemy attacks” a day.
The villages of Yadhidne and Berkhivka, to the north of Bakhmut has seen Ukrainian troops defend fierce and bloody assaults.
Military analyst for Ukraine, Oleh Zhdanov that Russian troops had attempted to cut off the two villages and he said, “The southern part of Bakhmut is the only area which can be described as under Ukrainian control.
“In all other districts, the situation is unpredictable. It is impossible to say where the front line lies.”
President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that the situation in Bakhmut is “getting more complicated.”
President Zelensky added, “The enemy is constantly destroying everything that can be used to protect our positions,” and called his soldiers as the “real heroes.”