Sunday, October 23, 2022

Battle of Bakhmut - update

Russia’s prospects of even this seems remote as winter sets in.
The Bakhmut operation is a lie according to Forbes. "The overall narrative the Kremlin hopes to create is that, despite all the evidence to the contrary, its forces still can win in Ukraine. And the forces contributing to the Bakhmut attack—in particular, the separatists and Wagner—all are trying to take credit for the fictional wins." While their comrades retreated or dug in, the Russian and allied troops around Bakhmut kept trying to advance. Losses are huge. Last week, the Russians claimed they’d captured several settlements around Bakhmut. Ukraine denied it. Russians are losing strength and they are willing to spend all to achieve a symbolic victory rather than an actual military one of value.

"Ukrainians are guys with the same iron balls as we are,” Prigozhin wrote.
Reports on social media and in Russian state media say Wagner mercenaries are on the outskirts of Bakhmut, in Ivangrad. Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin has acknowledged that resistance from Ukraine around Bakhmut is stiff. “The situation near Bakhmut is stably difficult, the Ukrainian troops are putting up decent resistance and the legend of the fleeing Ukrainians is just a legend.
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