Russia ground to standstill in Bakhmut, Kyiv says

26 April, 04:36 AM
Ukrainian Armed Forces say Russia is far from capturing Bakhmut (Photo:Photo:REUTERS/Anna Kudriavtseva)

Ukrainian Armed Forces say Russia is far from capturing Bakhmut (Photo:Photo:REUTERS/Anna Kudriavtseva)

While Russian forces are inflicting devastating blows on Bakhmut, they are still far from capturing the town, Ukrainian Operational Command East spokesman Serhiy Cherevaty told Ukrainian broadcaster Channel 24 on April 25.

A positional war is being waged in the Donbas town and the situation changes from time to time, according to the officer.

Cherevaty said that Ukrainian forces killed 175 Russian troops on April 24, while 213 others were wounded. Due to the enormous losses, in particular among the units of Wagner Group PMC, Moscow cannot avoid deploying freshly-mobilized soldiers to the front.

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In addition, Ukrainian soldiers managed to knock out an enemy T-272 tank, four infantry fighting vehicles, and three Msta-B howitzers in the last 24 hours. Five UAVs, an electronic warfare station, and four field ammunition depots were also destroyed.

Cherevaty noted that he is not authorized to disclose the exact ratio of the number of eliminated Russians to Ukrainian losses, but suggested that the enemy’s losses are multiple times higher.

At the same time, he said the Russian military does learn from its mistakes and takes into account that the Ukrainian Armed Forces have a substantial reconnaissance system set up. By sending in small groups, they try to capture half a building or half a street at a time.

"Every brick in Bakhmut is incredibly costly for them because the losses are enormous," noted Cherevaty.

“It seems to me that they have some kind of ‘super goal’ to take this relatively small town because it is becoming a shameful episode for their military.”

On April 21, Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar said that fierce battles for Bakhmut continue, with Russian invading forces attacking and destroying buildings, as the Ukrainian units holding their positions.

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