The Ukrainian Air Force confirmed the shooting down of a Russian Su-24M bomber at night near Bakhmut. Ukraine’s former defense minister Andriy Zahorodniuk, in an interview with the American edition of Newsweek, said that it was too early to talk about a victory in the Battle of Bakhmut, but it certainly showed the inability of the Russians to achieve victory.
The Ukrainian Air Force confirmed the shooting down of the Su-24M at around 1.30 am on Tuesday night near Bakhmut.
Earlier that day, the general staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces announced that almost 60 Russian attacks had been repulsed in the east of the country.
The Russian military concentrates its main efforts on offensive operations in the Lyman, Bakhmuck, Avdiiv and Mariin directions. Bilohorivka, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Marjinka and their surroundings remain the epicenter of the fighting, the staff stressed.
The Russian side lost 610 soldiers last day, the headquarters said. Total Russian casualties according to Ukrainian estimates amount to 172,340.
Former Defense Minister: Russia panics over failures at Bakhmut
Ukraine’s former defense minister Andriy Zahorodniuk in an interview with the US edition of the weekly Newsweek said that it is too early to talk about our victory in the Battle of Bakhmut, but it certainly shows the inability of the Russians to achieve victory
Zahorodniuk said that despite reports suggesting that Moscow is preparing for a protracted conflict, the Russians are “panicing” as they are unable to take control of Bakhmut, a small town in the Donetsk region over which fighting has been going on for seven months.
“They panic because they see that they can’t get even a small target,” said the former defense minister.
Zelensky: We cannot lose the Battle of Bakhmut
Fierce battles for Bakhmut have been going on since August last year. The Institute for War Studies in its latest report assessed that the forces of the Wagner Group have probably seized the AZOM industrial complex in northern Bakhmut and are still conquering the city. The ISW estimated that Russian forces took another five percent of the city in the last seven days and now occupy about 65 percent of its territory.
In an interview with the Associated Press on Wednesday Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukraine cannot lose this battle “so that Vladimir Putin does not feel blood”. The Ukrainian leader added that if Bakhmut falls, the president Russia “he will sell this win to the West, to his society, China“Iran”.
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