Ukrainian army reveals two key tasks of Bakhmut defense

7 March, 12:43 PM
Ukrainian military on M113 BTR, Bakhmut district (Photo:REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak)

Ukrainian military on M113 BTR, Bakhmut district (Photo:REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak)

Ukraine’s army is performing two main tasks while defending Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast, and the goals of the defense remain unchanged, Colonel Serhiy Cherevaty, spokesman for the Eastern Group of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, told Radio NV on March 6.

Cherevaty said the first task is to prevent the enemy from systematically breaking through the Ukrainian defense, to achieve strategic success in order to enter the Ukrainian rear, surround its troops, and quickly break through to occupy the entire Donetsk Oblast.

The second task is to inflict maximum damage on the invading troops in terms of personnel and equipment, wearing down their combat potential and reducing the morale and psychological state of their manpower, said Cherevaty.

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Describing the enemy's tactics, the colonel said Wagner PMC mercenaries tried to deplete Ukrainian positions wave after wave, "suffering incredible losses, under pain of death."

“And this constantly required the maximum concentration of (Ukrainian) troops, because of the constant need to monitor the battlefield, especially in the fall and winter, when they tried to approach wave after wave, and engage in close combat under the cover of terrain and bad weather," Cherevaty said.

According to the colonel, the enemy managed to make a few insignificant advances with these great efforts, culminating in the capture of the small town of Soledar with "simply fantastic losses."

"So all this time we have been trying to inflict maximum damage and losses on them. I think our servicemen have done everything they could possibly do," Cherevaty said.

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