Ukrainian soldiers fire a self-propelled howitzer towards Russian positions near Bakhmut, March 7, 2023.
Kyiv – The Ukrainian command decided to continue defending Bakhmut, which the Russians they have been trying to conquer for months. The media is writing about the meeting convened by President Volodymyr Zelenskyi as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces.
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“A decision was taken on the further retention and defense of the city of Bakhmut,” the RBK-Ukraine website wrote, referring to the communique of the presidential office. She emphasized that it was a joint stance on the defense of the eastern Ukrainian city.
In addition to the current situation at the front, the agenda also included an analysis of the provision of arms and ammunition supplies and the amount of aid provided by partners and allies and its further distribution. continues to be difficult, but Ukrainian defenders repel all Russian attacks.
“Attack units (mercenaries) of Wagner's group are advancing from several directions, trying to break through our defenses and advance to the central part of the city,” Ukrainian media platform Military Media Center quoted Syrsky as saying. “All enemy attempts to capture the city are repulsed by artillery, tanks and other means of fire. The defense of the fortress continues!” he added.
Bakhmut is currently one of the hotbeds of the war in Ukraine, and some of the heaviest fighting is taking place there in the conflict that Moscow unleashed more than a year ago. There are reports of many dead or wounded on both sides. Russian troops have advanced north and south of the city in recent weeks and are threatening to encircle the Ukrainian defenders. Ukraine now controls the western part of the city, while the eastern part is already in the hands of Russian forces.
Ukraine President Zelensky's office announced last week that Syrskyi and Chief of the General Staff Valery Zaluzhnyi had agreed to continue the defense of Bakhmut. Syrskyi has visited the besieged city repeatedly in recent days to see the situation on the ground.
Also, the head of the Russian mercenary Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, said on Sunday that the fighting in Bakhmut is getting tougher as the Russians get closer to the center cities, while “Ukrainians throw endless reserves into the fight”.