ISW: Occupiers exaggerate their achievements near Bakhmut

ISW: Occupiers exaggerate their achievements near Bakhmut

The encirclement of the city announced by the Russian occupiers Bakhmut in the Donetsk region is exaggerated. This is reported by the American Institute for the Study of War.

Geolocation images indicate that the enemy has probably captured the village of Ozaryanovka, which is located 15 km southwest of Bakhmut. At the same time, today there is no evidence that the Russians captured Kurdyumovka, Kleshcheevka, Andreevka, Zelenopolye, Podgorodny and Spirny with the intention to surround Bakhmut from the south and east.

At the same time, analysts note that even if the Russian troops really managed to take control of the settlements south of Bakhmut, their achievements still do not threaten the critically important highways T0513 (Bakhmut-Seversk) and T0504 (Bakhmut-Konstantinovka), which serve as the main ground communication routes for Ukrainian military units with the city. There is also a network of smaller rural roads that connect to Bakhmut via the city's northwest.

ISW: The occupiers exaggerate their achievements near Bakhmut

In addition, the Russian positions closest to Bakhmut in Klischeevka and Podgorodne lead directly to the prepared Ukrainian defensive fortifications in the city and its western and northern villages -satellites. To advance, the occupying troops will have to cross three kilometers of fields that have almost no cover and shelter, and therefore, most likely, they will not be able to quickly complete this task.

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