Ukraine to continue fight for Bakhmut as Russian troops struggle to make gains

Correspondent Sasha Vakulina explains latest in Ukraine
Correspondent Sasha Vakulina explains latest in Ukraine Copyright Euronews
By Oleksandra Vakulina
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US think tank says that while the city is of limited strategic value a win would be a symbolic one: Russia's composition in the prolonged battle for Bakhmut suggests the Kremlin is running out of cannon fodder.


Ukrainian authorities maintain that defending troops will continue to fight for the eastern city of Bakhmut and an order has been issued to send reinforcements to the area.

However, the Institute for the Study of War said that Bakhmut is not intrinsically significant - operationally or strategically.

While taking the city is necessary but of limited value to Russian forces, Moscow's attacks will very likely culminate after assaulting troops have secured it, if not before, due to the heavy losses Russia has suffered fighting for the city.

The UK defence ministry assesses that the Russian military command is failing to properly equip its forces despite close combat engagements in Ukraine. 

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