The Washington-based War Research Institute said it had no confirmation of Russian military advances in Bakhmut. Russian troops and units of the Kremlin-controlled paramilitary group Wagner Group continued to launch ground attacks in the city, but there was no evidence they were able to advance, he said late Saturday, the ISW said.
The report, citing Serhii Cherevaty, spokesman for the Eastern Group of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, said fighting in the Bakhmut area was more intense this week than last time. Cherevaty said he had 23 clashes in the last 24 hours in the city.
The ISW report is based on the following allegations: Russian progress earlier this weekThe British Defense Ministry said on Saturday that paramilitary forces of the Kremlin-controlled Wagner Group had occupied much of eastern Bakhmut, with the river that runs through the city now becoming the front line of the fighting. This assessment emphasized that the Russian offensive would be difficult to sustain without more significant personnel losses.
The mining city of Bakhmut, located in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region, is one of four regions in Ukraine illegally annexed by Russian President Vladimir Putin last year. Russian forces launched an operation to capture Bakhmut in his August, and both sides suffered staggering casualties.President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy swore not to retreat.
In its latest report on Sunday, the UK Defense Ministry said on Sunday the impact of the heavy casualties Russia continues to suffer in Ukraine varies dramatically across the country. According to the ministry’s information update, the major cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg remain “relatively intact”, especially among members of Russia’s elite. Mortality as a percentage is “30 to 40 times higher than in Moscow”.
The report highlights that minorities are often hit hardest. For example, in the southern Astrakhan region, “about 75% of the casualties were among the minority Kazakh and Tatar populations.”
Russia’s rising casualties are reflected in the government’s loss of control over the country’s intelligence sector, the ISW said. The think tank says Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has acknowledged “infighting within the Kremlin”, with the Kremlin effectively ceding control over the country’s information space, which President Putin cannot easily regain control of. said.
The ISW said that Zakharova’s comments, made at a forum on “Practical and Technical Aspects of Information and Cognitive Warfare in Contemporary Realities” in Moscow, were “remarkable” and that “the deteriorating Kremlin regime and Information Space Control Dynamics.”
Elsewhere in Ukraine, at least five people were killed and another seven wounded in the Donetsk and Kherson regions of Ukraine in the previous day’s Russian attacks, local Ukrainian officials reported Sunday morning.
Donetsk Governor Pablo Kirilenko said two people were killed in the area. In addition he had four civilians wounded.
Local officials in the southern province of Kherson confirmed that Russian troops opened fire 29 times on Ukrainian-controlled areas in the region on Saturday, and three times on a residential area in the capital Kherson. In the state he had three killed and he had three more wounded.
In Kharkov Oblast in northeastern Ukraine, the Kharkov, Chukhykh and Kupiansk districts were hit, but no civilian casualties were reported.
Vitaly Kim, governor of southern Ukraine’s Mykolaiv region, said on Sunday morning that the town of Ochakiv, located at the mouth of the Dnieper, came under shelling early Sunday morning. Cars were set ablaze, and private houses and high-rise buildings were damaged. No casualties were reported.
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https://www.local10.com/business/2023/03/12/russian-advance-stalls-in-ukraines-bakhmut-think-tank-says/ Russia’s advance stalls in Ukraine’s Bakhmut, according to think tank