Bakhmut becoming increasingly isolated by Russian invasion forces, UK intelligence says
View of Bahmut (Photo:REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak)
Russian invasion forces have made some progress in their efforts to encircle the Donbas town of Bakhmut, but Ukrainian forces retain control of most of the logistics routes to resupply the city's defenders, UK Defense Intelligence wrote in their daily summary on Twitter on Feb. 5.
“The M03 and the H32 – the two main roads into the city for Ukrainian defenders – are likely now both threatened by direct fire, following the Russian advances,” the report said.
The UK intelligence suggests that the Wagner Group’s paramilitary forces “highly likely seized a subordinate route which links Bakhmut to the town of Siversk.”
While multiple alternative cross-country supply routes remain available to Ukrainian forces, Bakhmut is becoming “increasingly isolated.”
According to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, during the week, the Russian invaders threw all their forces to break through the defenses and achieve the encirclement of Bakhmut, a key town in the defense of Donetsk Oblast.
The invading Russian forces have also launched a powerful offensive in the Lyman direction.
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