Ukrainian army conducts successful operation near Bakhmut, UK intelligence
British intelligence reported a successful operation by the Armed Forces in the Bakhmut area (Photo:REUTERS/Violeta Santos Moura)
The Battle of Bakhmut still rages, even if the number of Russian attacks has decreased in recent weeks, UK Defence Intelligence reported on March 29.
Among the most successful recent Ukrainian operations was the pushing back of Wagner Group mercenaries from the 0506 route, the message on Twitter reads.
Ukrainian logistics have heavily relied on this small country road. Russian mercenaries were several hundred meters away from the route before being pushed back.
Wagner Group claimed on March 26 that it had taken full control of the AZOM metallurgical factory in the north of Bakhmut. UK intelligence in unconvinced as the area remains demarcated, as it has been for the past two weeks.
With at least 5,000 Wagner prisoner fighters having been released after fulfilling their six-month contracts, personnel shortage is very likely to prevent Russia from active offensive efforts in this area, the military experts added.
Ukrainian Defense Forces reported a slight decrease in the number of clashes in and around Bakhmut in the past three days. This could be the result of the regrouping of Russian occupation forces.
Russia has lost between 20,000-30,000 Wagner mercenaries and Russian regular forces in the Battle of Bakhmut since May 2022, said UK military advisor to the OSCE, Ian Stubbs.
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