“Bakhmout: Latest News and Updates on Russian Paramilitary Group Wagner’s Captured City”

2023-05-22 17:37:30

Denis Pushilin, the leader of the pro-Russian separatists in the Donetsk region, announced that preliminary mine clearance had started in Bakhmout after the city was captured on Saturday by forces of the Russian paramilitary group Wagner. “In the western outskirts [de Bakhmout], the lines of defense are in place. So the Wagner Group will leave Artiomovsk [nom soviétique de la ville] between May 25 and May 1is June “, said Yevgueni Prigojine, the head of the Wagner forces, in an audio recording. On Saturday he assured that he would hand over control of the city to regular Russian troops on May 25. “If there are not enough units of the Ministry of Defense [pour occuper Bakhmout]there are thousands of generals [pour le faire]you have to form a regiment of generals, give them all guns, and everything will be fine”continued Mr. Prigojine, in a new spade sent to the Russian military high command, which he assiduously criticizes.

kyiv has not confirmed Bakhmout’s loss. The commander of the Ukrainian ground forces, Oleksandr Syrsky, claimed yesterday that his troops now control only a part “insignificant” of the city, but continued to advance on its flanks. “Our forces took the city in semi-encirclement, which gives us the possibility of destroying the enemy (…). The enemy must defend themselves in the part of the city they control”said Hanna Maliar, Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister, on Telegram. Ukrainian troops are still defending industrial facilities and infrastructure and have claimed part of the heights above them, she added.

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