Russia’s ‘mechanical’ tactics making it impossible for it to capture Bakhmut, Ukrainian military says

19 March, 06:04 PM
Bakhmut (Photo:The 93rd Separate Mechanized Brigade

Bakhmut (Photo:The 93rd Separate Mechanized Brigade "Kholodnyi Yar"/Facebook)

Russian invasion forces are unable to complete their tactical operation to capture Bakhmut, the spokesman for the Eastern Group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Serhiy Cherevatyi said on Ukrainian national television on March 19.

Active fighting continues around the Ukrainian town, but the invading troops continue to conduct attacks “mechanically,” Cherevatyi said.

He also said the actions of the Russian army in the area of Bakhmut could hardly be described as a "major strategic offensive operation."

"Right now, they are actually tactically unable to complete the operation to capture the Ukrainian district center of Bakhmut," Cherevatyi said.

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“Indeed, there are very active battles there, they still continue to carry out several dozen attacks by inertia, but they suffer huge losses.”

He added that the Ukrainian command and staff offices are planning their defense correctly. The Ukrainian military continues to bleed the enemy dry, reduce its combat capabilities and break its morale, Cherevatyi said.

The spokesman also stressed that the statements of the founder of the Wagner PMC, Yevgeny Prigozhin, about the lack of ammunition are an "SOS signal" to the Russian leadership. He believes that the statements of Prigozhin and convicted MH17 murderer and military blogger Igor Girkin are the best de-motivator for Russia’s troops.

According to the U.S.-based Institute for the Study of War, Prigozhin is trying to create talking points to explain why his mercenaries cannot capture Bakhmut.

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