Russia and Ukraine
Dubai – Al Arabiya.net
Published in: May 13, 2023: 05:04 PM GST
Last updated: May 13, 2023: 05:48 PM GST
On Saturday, the Ukrainian army confirmed that it had achieved “progress” in the vicinity of the city of Bakhmut, the center of fighting for months in eastern Ukraine, while Russia, for its part, spoke of achieving gains inside the destroyed city, which is mostly under its control.
The defensive operation continues.
“Our soldiers are advancing in some areas of the front, and the enemy is recording losses in numbers and equipment,” said the commander of the land forces in the Ukrainian army, Oleksandr Sersky, on social media. “The defensive operation towards Bakhmut continues,” he added.
On Friday, Ukraine announced that its forces had regained parts of the lands surrounding the city, while Moscow confirmed that it had repulsed an attack along a wide area of the front line.
Meanwhile, conflicting reports from the battlefront indicate an increase in the intensity of the fighting after months of relative stability.
For its part, Moscow confirmed on Saturday that it is advancing into Bakhmut and has taken control of “a neighborhood in the northwestern part” of the city.
The Russian Ministry of Defense said in a statement that “offensive units liberated a neighborhood in the northwestern part of the city of Artyomovsk,” the Russian name for Bakhmut.
Russia controls most of Bakhmut
Russian forces control about 95% of the city, which is suffering from widespread destruction.--
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