Ukrainian Protection Minister Oleksiy Reznikov has mentioned on Wednesday that the Russian offensive is in full swing.
The Russians are rapidly exhausting their offensive capabilities because of the Ukrainian forces holding town of Bakhmut, Donetsk area, which stays a “Ukrainian fortress.”
Reznikov informed Polish newspaper Wyborcza in an interview, “Their [Russians] losses are insane.
“In line with our navy estimates, solely in Bakhmut course, the Russians lose a median of 500 individuals killed or wounded per day.
“Which means that they’re rapidly exhausting their offensive capabilities there. Therefore the principled determination of our command: to carry Bakhmut, regardless of their very own losses.
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“Since its protection limits the probabilities of the Russians and offers us stability alongside the complete frontline. Will the occupiers be capable to intensify their assaults? Let’s see. They want success,”
In response of what some consultants have mentioned concerning the inexpediency of defending Bakhmut, he mentioned, “town and the hills which are subsequent to it are a handy territory for protection.”
He added, “If we obtained out of it, it will imply the necessity to defend ourselves in one other place the place there is no such thing as a such handy type of terrain.”
Reznikov mentioned Russia has marked a slender part of the frontline in Donbas, the place they’ve concentrated their efforts, particularly the well-trained Wagner fighters who’re getting used “like cannon fodder.”
He mentioned, “I consider that the offensive is in full swing – solely their plan was to interrupt by the entrance within the Bakhmut space and assault with full-scale forces of aviation, artillery and armored autos in an effort to occupy the complete Donetsk and Luhansk areas.
“For them, that is necessary from a political perspective. They wished to indicate that at the least one of many objectives introduced by Putin in the beginning of the invasion had been achieved, however this didn’t occur, and Bakhmut stays our fortress.”
He mentioned that because of the provide of weapons from the West, Ukraine already has enough artillery potential.
He added, “We name it the ‘artillery zoo’ as a result of the methods are from totally different international locations, together with the environment friendly Polish Krab self-propelled howitzers.”