Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Bakhmut: UK: Russian advance at Bakhmut could come with heavy losses – Usky News

KYIV: Russian military makes progress in front-line hotspot BakhmutA key target of Moscow’s months-long campaign in eastern Ukraine has resulted in surprising casualties, but their offensive will be difficult to sustain without further losses, British military officials said in an assessment on Saturday.
The UK Ministry of Defense said in the latest of its regular Twitter updates that units of the Kremlin-controlled paramilitary Wagner Group Most of the eastern Bakhmut has been captured, a river running through the center of the city now marking the front line.
However, the update added, advancing for Wagner’s forces would be “extremely challenging”, as Ukraine had destroyed major bridges over the river, while Ukrainian sniper fire from fortified buildings further west created a thin strip of open ground in the center. Granted “a killing field.”
At the same time, Ukrainian troops and supply lines into the mining town remain vulnerable to “continuing Russian efforts to overwhelm the defenders from the north and south” as Russian forces try to close in on them in a pincer movement, the ministry said. Said.
Meanwhile, Russian military bloggers and other pro-Kremlin Telegram accounts claimed on Friday that the Russian military had entered a metal processing plant in northwestern Bakhmut. A Washington-based think tank also cited geolocated footage late Friday showing Russian troops within 800 meters of the AZOM plant, a heavily built and fortified complex.
The Institute for the Study of the War assessed that Moscow’s apparent focus on capturing the plant, rather than attempting to take the surrounding villages for a “comprehensive encirclement of Western Bakhmut”, had contributed to Russian casualties. is likely to bring another wave of
Across Ukraine, repair work continued on Saturday following a massive Russian missile and drone strike two days ago that killed six people and left hundreds of thousands without heat or electricity.
Ukraine’s state grid operator said power supply issues remained in four regions after the barrage, in which 80 Russian missiles and a small number of exploding drones hit residential buildings and critical infrastructure across the country.
In a Facebook post, Ukrainergo said scheduled blackouts were ongoing in Ukraine’s northwest and northeast in Kharkiv and Zhytomyr regions, respectively, as well as parts of Dnipropetrovsk and Mykolaiv provinces in the southeast. The company said the situation in Zhytomyr was particularly challenging, with some consumers still left off the grid.
Russian shelling drove a car through the southern city on Saturday Kherson set on fire, killing one person inside and injuring two others, regional govt. Alexander Prokudin said in the Telegram post.
Earlier, officials said at least five people were killed and 19 others wounded in Russian shelling in Ukraine’s Kherson and Donetsk regions over the past 24 hours. Eastern Donetsk province, where Bakhmut is located, has been the epicenter of fighting in recent months, while Ukrainian-occupied parts of the Kherson region have seen daily shelling from Russian troops stationed across the Dnieper River.


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