Ukrainian air reconnaissance unit ordered to withdraw from Bakhmut

3 March, 02:02 PM
Situation at Bakhmut ‘increasingly challenging for Ukrainian military’ (Photo:REUTERS/Alex Babenko)

Situation at Bakhmut ‘increasingly challenging for Ukrainian military’ (Photo:REUTERS/Alex Babenko)

Ukraine’s Ptakhy Madiara (Magyar Birds – ed.) separate tactical air reconnaissance unit has received orders to withdraw from the town of Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast, said the unit’s commander, Robert Brovdi, in video message posted on Telegram on March 3.

“In the middle of the night, the Ptakhy Madiara unit received a combat order to immediately withdraw from Bakhmut to a new place of hostilities,” he said.

“What are the reasons for the transfer at a critical moment for Bakhmut, when we spent 110 days of combat duty here? First of all, I’m a military man, so I won’t comment on the orders of the Bakhmut defense command.”

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Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar said on Feb. 28 that Kyiv had dispatched additional reinforcements to Bakhmut as the situation there became increasingly challenging for the Ukrainian military.

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

Serhiy Cherevatyi, spokesman for the Eastern Group of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, said earlier that the Ukrainian military was heroically holding the defense line in the Bakhmut area and weakening the invading Russian forces so that rested reserves with new military equipment could repel them later.

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