March 28, 2023

Kyiv has stated it’s holding off assaults from Russian forces nonetheless making an attempt to encompass Bakhmut, a near-destroyed japanese Ukrainian metropolis that Moscow has been attempting to seize for months.

Ukraine has pledged to defend “fortress Bakhmut” however has confronted Russian troops decided to take town that has turn into a political prize because the battle drags on.

The Ukrainian basic workers stated “greater than 130 enemy assaults” had been repelled over the previous day, together with in Kupiansk, Lyman, Bakhmut and Avdiivka.

“The enemy continues its makes an attempt to encircle the city of Bakhmut,” it stated on Sunday morning.

Bakhmut has been principally diminished to rubble in the course of the longest and bloodiest battle of the invasion.

Sergiy Cherevaty, a spokesman for Ukrainian forces, stated on Saturday the state of affairs was “troublesome however underneath management” within the metropolis he described as a “precedence goal for the enemy”.

Ukrainian Protection Minister Oleksii Reznikov advised Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper: “The Russians’ losses run to 500 killed and wounded daily.”

The casualty figures couldn’t be independently verified.

In accordance with Reznikov, Bakhmut is “a symbolic place for the Russians”, which is why they’re making such efforts to seize it. Nevertheless, its seize would imply nothing for the additional course of preventing within the japanese Donbas area, he advised the newspaper.


There’s preventing in and across the metropolis, the US-based Institute for the Research of Struggle (ISW) stated, warning that Ukrainian provide routes have been narrowing.

“The Russians could have supposed to encircle Ukrainian forces in Bakhmut, however the Ukrainian command has signaled that it’ll doubtless withdraw slightly than danger an encirclement,” ISW stated on Saturday.

Ukraine and Russia have because the summer season fiercely fought for town, whose symbolic significance has surpassed its army significance.

‘Combating with shovels’

Russian reservists are reportedly being armed with shovels on account of a scarcity of munitions, the British Ministry of Protection wrote on Twitter in its newest intelligence replace.

Final month, Russian mobilized reservists have been described as being ordered to assault a Ukrainian concrete outpost armed with solely “firearms and shovels”, in keeping with the ministry.

β€œThe lethality of the standard-issue MPL-50 entrenching device is especially mythologised in Russia,” the ministry tweeted.

“Little modified because it was designed in 1869, its continued use as a weapon highlights the brutal and low-tech preventing which has come to characterize a lot of the warfare.”

The ministry stated latest proof advised there had been a rise in shut fight in Ukraine, including that there was in all probability “much less help from artillery hearth as a result of Russia is wanting munitions”.

The ministry has been publishing each day updates on the progress of Russia’s warfare on Ukraine because it started in February final 12 months, in an try to counter the Russian narrative. The British updates are dismissed by the Kremlin as propaganda.


Professional-Russian separatists within the Donetsk area posted a video purporting to point out Wagner fighters within the suburbs north of Bakhmut, having taken management of the Stupki railway station.

Wagner, a personal military headed by Yevgeny Prigozhin, has taken heart stage within the combat for town, which has uncovered rivalries with Russia’s typical forces.

Prigozhin has beforehand recruited males from Russian prisons. Amongst these prisoners specifically, casualties are reported to be extraordinarily excessive.

The human rights group “Russia Behind Bars” lately stated of the 50,000 mercenaries recruited in prisons, solely 10,000 have been nonetheless on the entrance. The remainder had fallen, been wounded, captured or abandoned.

On Friday, Prigozhin stated his fighters had “virtually encircled” Bakhmut, and just one street remained underneath Ukrainian management.

Prigozhin has for weeks been publicizing the advances of his males in direction of the japanese metropolis.

He repeatedly posts movies of himself alongside mercenaries, on the bottom and even in a fighter jet, in distinction with Russian generals criticized for shirking the entrance line.

In a uncommon exception, Russia on Saturday launched a video of Protection Minister Sergei Shoigu inspecting troops in front-line areas in Ukraine.

The ministry stated Shoigu inspected an advance command publish within the south Donetsk path, with out specifying precisely the place or when.

He was seen touring in a helicopter and speaking to a soldier in entrance of broken buildings.

The ISW assume tank stated Shoigu went there “more likely to assess the extent of Russian losses round Vugledar and the potential for an additional offensive on this path”.

Afterward Sunday, Russia stated its military hit a command heart of the Ukrainian forces’ Azov Regiment within the southeastern Zaporizhia area.

The protection ministry didn’t elaborate on the assault in its each day replace on what Moscow phrases the “particular army operation” in Ukraine.

The Azov Regiment, which had far-right and ultranationalist origins and is now a unit of Ukraine’s nationwide guard, garnered worldwide consideration for its resistance to the Russian siege of Mariupol’s huge steelworks final 12 months.

Zaporizhia is among the 4 areas – together with Donetsk, Luhansk and Kherson – that Russia claims to have annexed however by no means absolutely managed.

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