Ukrainian military says Russia suffered huge losses in Bakhmut in past day

31 January, 03:23 PM
The current situation in Bahmut (Photo:REUTERS/Yevhen Titov)

The current situation in Bahmut (Photo:REUTERS/Yevhen Titov)

Invading Russian forces lost more than 500 people killed and wounded near the town of Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast, over the past day, spokesman for the Eastern Group of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Serhiy Cherevatyi said on Ukrainian national television on Jan. 31.

He said the enemy had shelled Ukrainian positions in this area with artillery almost 200 times in the past day.

“Bakhmut continues to be one of the main directions of enemy attack,” Cherevatyi said.

“The enemy suffered huge losses in personnel during the day: 277 enemy troops were killed, 258 received wounds of various degrees. The fighting took place near Spirne, Chervona Hora, Paraskoviyivka, Bakhmut, and Klishchiyivka.”

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At the same time, Cherevatyi said the invaders had failed to cut the route used to support the group of Ukrainian defenders in Bakhmut. All necessary ammunition, equipment, and food are being delivered to the city, he added.

When asked about the possibility of Ukrainian units’ withdrawal from Bakhmut, he said that such decisions are made in the context of the general situation to preserve personnel and occupy better positions, and are taken in several stages.

“The command has various options for actions, the command is constantly monitoring the enemy, and we have a countermeasure for each of his actions,” Cherevatyi said.

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