The city of Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast has been almost wiped off the map by Russian shelling, but the military situation there is not catastrophic for Ukraine, Kyrylo Budanov, head of the Main Intelligence Directorate (HUR) of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine, has said.
Budanov, speaking on Ukrainian national television on Dec. 31, Russian attacks have turned Bakhmut into a “disaster.”
“The city itself is a disaster... But the way I see it, this city basically does not exist anymore as a city,” Budanov said.
“Certain areas are definitely not subject to reconstruction. I’m not in the construction business, but it is easier to build this city ‘from scratch’ than to rebuild it,” he said.
Meanwhile, according to the HUR chief, the military situation in Bakhmut is not catastrophic.
The Ukrainian military’s General Staff on Dec. 29 reported that Ukrainian forces repulse up to 20 attacks by the Russian invasion forces around Bakhmut every day.
Bakhmut remains one of the hottest spots on the front. The Kremlin regime has been trying to take the city for more than six months. The Russian Armed Forces throw huge forces at it, despite suffering tremendous losses — but they have yet to achieve any significant progress.
According to Oleksandr Syrskyy, commander of the Ground Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the capture of Bakhmut has a symbolic meaning for the Russian occupiers.