Ukraine sends reinforcements to Bakhmut

1 March, 05:42 AM
Ukrainian soldier in Bakhmut, February 27, 2023 (Photo:REUTERS/Yevhen Titov)

Ukrainian soldier in Bakhmut, February 27, 2023 (Photo:REUTERS/Yevhen Titov)

As the situation in Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast, becomes increasingly challenging for the Ukrainian military, Kyiv has dispatched additional reinforcements there, Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister, Hanna Maliar, told Ukrainian TV broadcasters on Feb. 28.

According to her, Russian troops have concentrated their main efforts around Bakhmut, in an attempt to capture the entirety of Donetsk Oblast.

She clarified that the Commander of Ukraine’s Ground Forces, Gen. Oleksandr Syrskyi, during his recent trip to Bakhmut, decided to move additional units there.

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Maliar said the decision to hold Bakhmut is purely military, and not political.

“Decisions are made by the military, who are not guided by political motives,” she added.

On Feb. 28, Ukraine’s General Staff reported that invading Russian forces are focused on the offensive on the Kupyansk, Lymanske, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Shakhtarsk axes in Donbas.

On Feb. 27, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that the situation in Bakhmut is becoming ever more difficult, as the Russian invaders systematically destroy every structure Ukrainian troops could use defensively.

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