A Ukrainian miliary official has said that a “tactical” withdrawal is on the table as Wagner mercenaries have “practically surrounded” the salt mining city of Bakhmut.
Bakhmut has become the focal point of the eastern front and Ukrainian reinforcements are arriving, a military official has confirmed.
The head of Russia’s Wagner Group Yevgeny Prigozhin has said that the “pincers are closing” around Bakhmut and that there is only “one route” now left out of the city.
Prigozhin has called on President Volodymyr Zelensky to order the evacuation to save the lives of the last of the Ukrainian forces in Bakhmut.
Eastern Operational Command spokesman Serhiy Cherevaty said, that “if a tactical action needs to be made, it will be made.”
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He added, but “as long as the command sees that it makes sense to keep a certain settlement, it will be fought for.”
Reserves are set to arrive with new equipment which will make it much easier to “throw the enemy out of our land, “he said.
He added that Ukrainian soldiers in Bakhmut are “heroically defending this section of the front as they exhaust, bleed, and weaken the enemy.”
The Deputy commander for Ukraine described the situation in Bakhmut as “critical” and that there is “around the clock” fighting.
Volodymyr Nazarenko said, “They take no account of their losses in trying to take the city by assault.
“The task of our forces in Bakhmut is to inflict as many losses on the enemy as possible. Every metre of Ukrainian land costs hundreds of lives to the enemy.
“We need as much ammunition as possible.
“There are many more Russians here than we have ammunition to destroy them.”
President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned that 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.”
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.