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Russia intensifies attacks on Bakhmut

Kyiv, Ukraine ( Associated Press) — Russian armed forces have stepped up their offensive against Ukrainian positions around the battered eastern city of Bakhmut, Ukrainian officials say, bringing new levels of death and destruction in a months-old battle for control. The spark from Eastern Ukraine.

“Everything is completely destroyed, there are almost no lives left,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said late Monday of the scene around Bakhmut and the nearby town of Soledar, known for its salt mines. Is.

“All the land near Soledar is covered with the bodies of the occupiers and the marks of the attacks,” the president said. “It is the image of madness.”

On Tuesday night, Dmitry Prigozhin, head of the Wagner Group – a Russian private military contractor – said in audio reports posted on his social media platforms that his forces had taken control of Soledar as fighting continued in the city centre. , Ukrainian officials did not comment, and The Associated Press was unable to verify the allegations.

Britain’s Ministry of Defense previously said Russian and Wagner Group troops had made progress in Soledar and “probably control most of the settlements.”

The agency said taking control of Soledar, 10 kilometers (6 mi) north of Bakhmut, was possibly Moscow’s immediate military objective as part of a strategy to encircle Bakhmut. But, he added, “Ukrainian forces maintain stable defensive lines in depth and control of supply routes in the area”.

A Western official speaking on condition of anonymity said that the Wagner group “has gone from a troupe in Russia’s war to a hero in the conflict,” adding that its forces currently account for 25% of Russian fighters. .

The Kremlin, which has suffered several setbacks in the invasion of the neighboring country, which it launched 10-and-a-half months ago, needs any victory. Russia illegally annexed Donetsk and three other Ukrainian provinces in September, but its troops have struggled to advance.

After Ukrainian forces recaptured the southern city of Kherson in November, fighting intensified over Bakhmut.

Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar said that Russia had sent “a large number of assault groups” into the fighting.

“The enemy is actually moving over the bodies of its own soldiers and using artillery, rocket launchers and mortars on a large scale to kill its own soldiers,” he said.

Pavlo Kirilenko, the Kyiv-appointed governor of the Donetsk region, on Tuesday described the Russian offensive on Soledar and Bakhmut as relentless.

“The Russian military is turning Ukrainian cities into rubble, using all types of weapons in its scorched-earth strategy,” Kirilenko said in televised remarks. “Russia wages a war without rules, which creates suffering and civilian deaths.”

Wounded soldiers arrive every hour for emergency treatment at a Ukrainian medical stabilization center near the front line in the vicinity of Bakhmut. Doctors worked for 30 minutes on Monday to save a soldier’s life, but his injuries were too serious.

Another soldier was hit in the head after his helmet was hit. Doctors quickly stabilized him before transferring him to a military hospital.

“We fought to the end to save a life,” Kostyantin Vasilkevich, a surgeon and coordinator at the center, told The Associated Press. “Of course it hurts when you can’t save them.”

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