Ukraine advances in Bakhmut: “Occupiers are trapped”

The Ukrainian town of Bakhmut is one of the most fiercely contested areas in the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia. Ukrainian forces recaptured three square kilometers last week, according to Defense Minister Hanna Maliar on Aug. 21. This reports The Kyiv Independent.

Thus, Maliar added, Ukraine has regained a total of 43 square kilometers around Bachmut since the counteroffensive began in the summer. “The messages are now appearing on both the southern and northern flanks. If you look at the map, it looks a bit like a horseshoe around Bakhmut,” Maliar explained on state television. Currently, Russia would try to push Ukrainian troops away from the northern flanks of the city, as they had taken important heights there. “Ukrainian troops are harassing the enemy there. Actually, the occupiers are trapped because they cannot get out of Bakhmut and cannot make full-fledged advances,” Maliar classifies the situation.

This information comes from a party to the conflict and has not yet been independently verified and confirmed. For this reason, it is to be evaluated with reservation.

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