Ukraine war: Heavy Fighting For Bakhmut Picks Up As Both Sides Describe Situation As”Difficult”

Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty [US state media]

“Ukrainian forces repelled several waves of Russian attacks in and around Bakhmut the over the past 24 hours, the military said, as commanders on both sides described the situation in the city in the eastern Donetsk region as ‘difficult.’ … The fight for Bakhmut has been one of the most sustained battles of Russia’s year-old invasion of Ukraine despite being of questionable strategic worth in the eyes of many Western military observers. The General Staff said heavy fighting is also under way in several other areas around Bakhmut — Lyman, Avdiyivka, Mariynka, and Shakhtarsk. … [Russian mercenary Wagner Group] chief Yevgheny Prigozhin was quoted by the Russian state-run TASS news agency on March 12 as saying his forces are facing a ‘fierce’ fight and that the Ukrainian military is sending ‘endless reserves’ to the city.” (03/13/23)