Ukraine reported that the Russian Army is losing up to “500 troops a day” in its offensive against the city of Bakhmut, in the east of the country, and the scene of a harsh siege by Russia.
“The losses of the Russians amount to 500 dead and wounded every day,” said the defense minister, Oleksi Reznikovto the daily’s Sunday weeklyBild‘, in an interview in which he described the Russian military as “cannon fodder” in the “meat mincing tactics” used by Moscow.
The casualty figures for the Russian offensive in Bakhmut have not been able to be independently verified. It has been confirmed, however, and according to the Kremlin itself, that Russian forces have redoubled their attacks against the city in recent days.
In fact, the Wagner mercenary unit is particularly active in the area. Their leader, Yevgeny Prigozhinaffirmed that he increased his activity around the place, while local NGOs, such as Russia behind bars, denounce the wear and tear among their ranks.
As Reznikov explained, the city is “a symbolic place for the Russians,” which is why they are making such efforts to capture it. Strategically, and according to the experts of the German newspaper, the conquest of the city would not mean, in principle, any significant advance.
The Ukraine seems to have decided that the city has to become a point of attrition. The president of the country, Volodomir Zelensky He spoke on several occasions of the “Bakhmut fortress”, although in recent days he has openly acknowledged the possibility of losing the city.
According to the British Ministry of Defense, Russian forces and Wagner mercenaries have taken control of the north of the city in recent hours after destroying two bridges, including one essential for transporting supplies, from Bakhmut to the city of Chasiv. Yar.
Bakhmut, which once housed 74,000 inhabitants, is now largely destroyed. Authorities estimate that around 5,000 civilians still live there.
Ukraine maintains its resistance despite reports of a tactical withdrawal and amid announcements from the Russian side about small advances in the area.
“The enemy continues with his attempts to encircle the city of Bakhmut”noted the Ukrainian General Staff in its daily report.
The military added that during the last day they had repelled “more than 130 enemy attacks” in various sectors of the front, particularly in Kupiansk, Lyman, Bakhmut and Avdiivkaall in eastern Ukraine, where the Russians are concentrating their “main efforts”, according to kyiv.
The latest report from the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) also speaks about the Russian attempts to surround Bakhmut.
“Russian forces appear to have secured a sufficient positional advantage to encircle certain parts of Bakhmut, but they have not yet forced the Ukrainian forces to withdraw and probably will not be able to encircle the city any time soon,” the analysts say.
According to the ISW, it is likely that the Ukrainian forces are setting the conditions for a “controlled” withdrawal from more difficult sectors of eastern Bakhmut, although it is not clear that the top military commanders have decided to withdraw “at this time”.
The spokesman of the Eastern Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Serhiy Cherevatyihe stated in an interview with the chain CNN that Bakhmut remains under the control of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
(With information from Europa Press and EFE)