Ukraine intends to hold Bakhmut, Zelenskyy says
Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:president.gov.ua)
The decision to continue and reinforce Ukraine’s efforts to defend Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast, was unanimously supported by the country’s top military leadership, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said during his March 6 evening address.
The president said that Bakhmut was the main topic at the recent Headquarters of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief meeting, where he directly asked Commander of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Gen. Oleksandr Syrskyi, and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Gen. Valerii Zaluzhnyi, how they see the defense operation near the city should proceed.
“Both generals replied: don’t retreat and reinforce,” Zelenskyy said.
“And this position was unanimously supported by the HQ. There were no other positions. I instructed the Commander-in-Chief (to Zaluzhnyi) find the right forces to aid the guys in Bakhmut.”
Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, Oleksiy Danilov, told Ukrainian TV broadcasters that all present at the meeting supported the decision to continue defending Bakhmut.
On March 5, Syrskyi arrived in Bakhmut. This was his third visit to the city in recent weeks.
Ukraine’s Operational Command East spokesman Serhiy Cherevaty said that as Ukrainian troops defend Bakhmut, they are depleting Russian personnel and equipment reserves, ensuring the success of Kyiv’s future counteroffensives.
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