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Defense Ministry: Ukrainian forces still fighting in Bakhmut, Russia brings reinforcements

by The Kyiv Independent news desk May 22, 2023 2:38 PM 2 min read
Smoke billows from the town of Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast, on April 22, 2023. (Anatolii Stepanov/AFP via Getty Images)
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Ukrainian forces are still fighting in Bakhmut, Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar reported.

"The struggle for dominant heights continues on the flanks – the north and south of the suburbs," Maliar said. "Our fighters do not give the enemy the opportunity to gain a foothold there."

She noted that Russian forces are conducting a sweep of captured parts of Bakhmut, bringing in further reinforcements and supplies.

"Bakhmut's defense forces are fulfilling their military tasks," Maliar said/ "The offensive potential of the enemy has been significantly reduced, huge losses have been inflicted on the enemy, we have gained certain actions, which will be discussed later."

Russia takes Bakhmut: Taking stock of the war’s bloodiest battle so far
CHASIV YAR, Donetsk Oblast – Ten months after Russia’s assault on the once-flourishing city in Donetsk Oblast began, Bakhmut has now been effectively occupied by Russian troops. This hasn’t been confirmed yet by Kyiv, but is evident based on both official statements and those made by soldiers on th…

After a 10-month-long siege, Wagner Group head Yevgeny Prigozhin claimed complete control of Bakhmut on May 21.

The Kyiv Independent reported on May 22 that Bakhmut has now effectively been occupied by Russian troops. While it has yet to be confirmed by Kyiv, it is evident based on both official statements and those made by soldiers on the ground to the Kyiv Independent.

On the flanks, the Ukrainian military seems to be gaining initiative, threatening to encircle the occupying forces.

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