- Russia’s Defense Ministry said two senior commanders were killed near Bakhmut, in eastern Ukraine.
- He claimed that Putin’s forces were repelling Ukrainian attacks, but admitted the loss of senior officers.
- It is said that Ukraine has advanced on Bakhmut in recent days. Wagner’s boss called it a Russian “defeat”.
Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Sunday that two Russian commanders had been killed in fighting near Pakhmut, in eastern Ukraine.
The ministry said the commanders were killed repelling Ukrainian attempts to break through the front line.
The ministry said the commander of the 4th motorized rifle brigade, Colonel Vyacheslav Makarov, was wounded in the fighting and died while being evacuated from the battlefield.
Meanwhile, the deputy commander of the corps for military and political work, Colonel Yevgeny Brovko, died from multiple wounds received during one of the battles.
The administration claimed that Ukrainian forces failed to breach Russian defenses and that hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers were killed.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Ukraine has launched an offensive in northern Bakhmut with more than 1,000 troops and up to 40 tanks, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Friday, in the biggest Ukrainian offensive since November if confirmed. Reuters.
He said that some Russian forces withdrew from northern Bakhmut to regroup in better positions after more reports of Ukrainian advances in the south.
The founder of the Wagner paramilitary group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, who often criticizes the Russian military for not supporting Bakhmut’s fighters, called the withdrawal a “defeat” rather than a regrouping.
He added that Ukraine had captured elevated areas overlooking Bakhmut and liberated the Chasev Yar-Bakhmut road, a vital supply route.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday that his forces are preparing to launch a counteroffensive to liberate the territories occupied by Russia.
It is unclear if the advance on Bakhmut was part of the long-awaited counterattack.
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