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‘Bakhmut Has Been Captured’ – Russian PMC Wagner Chief

Yesterday, Russian forces from PMC Wagner claimed to have captured the strategic central area of Artryomovsk aka “Bakhmut”, a city in eastern Ukraine that has become the latest cauldron in NATO’s proxy war against Russia in Ukraine.

However, according to western media reports, Ukraine says it still retains control of other parts of the eastern city.

The Battle of Bakhmut, which began last May, has now reached a climax in early 2023, a brutal fight which has featured heavy artillery duels between the opposing sides, and has no doubt resulted in unspeakable battlefield casualties on both sides.

RT International reports…

The head of the Russian private military company (PMC), Evgeny Prigozhin, has announced a milestone achievement in the battle for the city of Artryomovsk (known in Ukraine as Bakhmut), publishing a video allegedly taken in front of the town’s administrative building on Sunday evening.

“We hoisted the Russian flag with the inscription ‘Good memory to Vladlen Tatarsky’ and the flag of PMC Wagner on top of the city administration of Bakhmut,” Prigozhin said in the clip.

Prigozhin’s announcement comes just hours after prominent Russian military blogger Tatarsky (real name Maksim Fomin) was killed in an apparent improvised explosive device blast in a café in Saint Petersburg on Sunday afternoon.

“Legally speaking, Bakhmut is taken. The enemy is concentrated in the western districts,” the head of the PMC added.

The battle for Artyomovsk/Bakhmut has emerged as one of the most intensive and bloody engagements of the armed conflict in Ukraine, with both sides reportedly suffering significant casualties. Western officials have claimed that the city poses no strategic military value, but Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky pledged to defend it as long as possible after proclaiming the city a fortress.

Kiev’s attempts to cling onto Bakhmut, regardless of the losses, has “almost destroyed the Ukrainian army,” Prigozhin claimed earlier this week. However, Wagner fighters, who led the charge to capture the city, also took “a serious beating,” he acknowledged.

READ MORE UKRAINE NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Ukraine Files



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