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Maliar: Russia rotating frontline troops but Wagner still in Bakhmut

by The Kyiv Independent news desk June 3, 2023 6:06 PM 1 min read
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Russian fighters of the Wagner paramilitary goup have yet to completely leave Bakhmut, Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar wrote on Telegram on June 3.

On May 20, Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin had announced that his fighters would complete their withdrawal from the city in Donetsk Oblast by June 1.

The mercenaries are training arriving regular army troops, Maliar added in her post.

According to Maliar, the situation on the front line is imperceptibly changing, with Russia regrouping and replacing the worn-out troops that have been attacking in six directions in Donbas.

She said the situation in the city is ‘stable’ and Ukrainian forces still control the southwestern edges of the city.

Prigozhin claimed that Bakhmut has fallen to Russia last month, which Ukraine denied.

Images of the city show Bakhmut having been completely destroyed by a year of fighting.

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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…
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