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Ukrainian army says “advanced” around Bakhmut, Moscow says advance on the city

Ukrainian army says “advanced” around Bakhmut, Moscow says advance on the city

On Saturday, the Ukrainian army announced its “advancement” in the vicinity of Bakhmut, the center of fighting with Russian forces in eastern Ukraine, while Moscow confirmed its continuation of its advance in the city, which is already mainly under its control and which today has become largely destroyed.

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“The defensive operation in the Bakhmut direction is continuing. Our soldiers are advancing in some areas of the front, and the enemy is losing equipment and forces,” said Oleksandr Sersky, commander of the Ukrainian Ground Forces, in Telegram.

The day before, Ukraine said it had advanced 2 km around Bakhmut, which Moscow denied.

On Saturday, the Russian Ministry of Defense did not comment on the Ukrainian allegations, but indicated in a statement that “attacking units liberated a neighborhood in the northwestern part of the city of Artyomovsk,” the Russian name for Bakhmut.

The Battle of Bakhmut is the bloodiest and longest since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, 2022.

Observers doubt the strategic importance of occupying this city for Russia, but it would allow Moscow to achieve victory after several humiliating setbacks.

For its part, Kiev assumes that it wants to exhaust the Russian army as much as possible by installing it in this Donbass region before launching an offensive aimed at reoccupying the occupied lands in the east and south of the country, in preparation for that. which is “coming to an end,” according to Ukrainian officials.

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Moscow also accused Kiev on Saturday of using British long-range Storm Shadow missiles the day before to target “civilian targets” in the Russian-controlled Lugansk region (east).

Russia reported “wounded, including six children,” in this strike attributed to the Ukrainian army.