The Ukrainian general said why Bahmut did not surrender

Sirsky said that the most severe phases of the Battle of Bahamut are still going on, and the situation is difficult, while the enemy is suffering great losses in men, weapons and equipment, but at the same time it does not stop offensive operations.

Bahamut’s defense was justified by military necessity

said the commander.

According to analysts, the importance of Bahmut, which had a population of 70,000 in peacetime, stems from the fact that its occupation is a condition for additional western parts of Donetsk Province to advance, mainly towards Kramatorsk, which has a population of 150,000. . In addition, the battles in the city of Bahmut are capable of inflicting significant losses on the Russian troops.

In mid-March, Cirsky explained in more detail why he thought it was militarily necessary to hold the city:

Every day of city defense allows us to buy time to train reserves and prepare for future offensive operations. At the same time, in battles, the enemy loses some of its most prepared and combat-ready forces, including the assault squads of the Wagner mercenary group. Every day of continuous resistance gives the defenders valuable time to reduce the offensive power of the Russian invaders

At the same time, not only the Russians, but also the Ukrainians suffered significant losses at Bahamut.

Valery Zaluzhny The Ukrainian chief of staff said on Saturday that the situation in Bahamut had stabilized.

The latest ISW map shows the situation in Bahmut and on the front line in Donetsk.

COVER PHOTO: Ukrainian forces near Bahmut on March 26, 2023. Diego Herrera Carcedo/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

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