Ukraine Vows It Won’t Give Up Bakhmut

Russian forces control the majority of the Donbas city

Ukraine’s military on Tuesday vowed to continue defending Bakhmut as Russian officials claim Russian forces now control nearly 90% of the eastern Donbas city.

Gen. Oleksandr Syrskyi, the commander of Ukraine’s ground forces, made the pledge while visiting troops on the frontlines in Bakhmut. “We will continue, despite all the forecasts and advice, to hold Bakhmut, destroying Wagner and other most combat-capable units of the Russian army,” he said.

After his trip to the frontline, Syrskyi said in a statement that “together with the commanders, we have made a number of necessary decisions aimed at ensuring the effective defense and inflicting maximum losses on the enemy.”

Syrskyi’s vow came as Russian officials continue to claim gains in Bakhmut and say Russian forces control nearly 90% of the city. “Today, on May 2, Wagner PMC units advanced up to 160 meters in various directions in the city of Bakhmut,” Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the mercenary outfit Wagner, wrote on Telegram Tuesday.

Military situation in Bakhmut on May 2, 2023 (

Prigozhin’s forces have not had an easy go of it fighting for Bakhmut, as the mercenary leader has been calling for more support and ammunition. On Monday, he said his forces were only receiving one-third of the ammunition he wanted.

Kyiv has been sending soldiers into Bakhmut, which has become known as the meatgrinder, with little training and ammunition. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said if he loses Bakhmut, he expects to be pressured to “compromise” with Russia, although Ukraine is expected to launch a counteroffensive soon.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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