Illustrative photo – New footage from a drone shows the war-torn Ukrainian city of Bakhmut.
Stockholm – It cannot be ruled out that the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut will fall into the hands of the Russians in the next few days. However, it is necessary to ensure that this is not the decisive moment of the war, the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Jens Stoltenberg, said today according to Reuters.
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Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of the Russian mercenary Wagner (in Russian transcription Vagnerov) group, said today that his fighters are in full control of the eastern part of Bakhmut. Kyiv has not yet responded to his statement. The mercenaries, together with the units of the Russian army, have been trying to take full control of the Ukrainian city at the cost of high losses for many months.
Today, NATO chief Stoltenberg is participating in an informal meeting of the defense ministers of the European Union countries in Stockholm. The talks will mainly focus on the possibility of speeding up the supply of ammunition to Ukraine and on the proposal of joint purchases of weapons and ammunition.
Before the start of the talks, Stoltenberg also responded to Tuesday's report by The New York Times, according to which he is responsible for last year's attack on Nord gas pipelines Stream state pro-Ukrainian group. It is still unclear who is responsible for the attack, as investigations of the countries involved have not been completed, the NATO chief said. “I believe it is right to wait for the end of the investigation before we comment in more detail on the question of who is behind the attacks,” he added.