“Since Sept. 1, when Moscow started using convicts as mercenaries in Bakhmut, 22,816 people have been killed,” he said.
According to him, the losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) were 7.5 times smaller.
“We have no right to surrender our cities. Without resistance, they would have been defeated,” he emphasized.Danilov also highlighted Ukraine’s objective of liberating the occupied territories and returning to the 1991 borders, adding that tactics are adjusted as needed.
What is happening in the Bakhmut direction right now?
Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Wagner private military company, claimed that his militants had completely captured Bakhmut on May 20.
Ukraine’s Armed Forces and Ministry of Defense refuted this, stating that fighting in the city was ongoing. The Ministry of Defense reported on May 31 that the occupiers controlled the majority of Bakhmut, but the Armed Forces had gained control of strategic heights.
The AFU highlighted that their main objective in Bakhmut was to inflict maximum casualties on the enemy.
Prigozhin ordered his Wagner mercenaries to leave Bakhmut by June 1 and hand over their positions to the Russian military.
Russian paratroopers and motorized infantry units are entering Bakhmut to replace the Wagnerites, said Serhiy Cherevatyi, spokesperson for the Eastern Operational Group of the AFU.
The enemy has changed the format of their operation in Bakhmut, resulting in a temporary lull, said Oleksandr Syrskyi, Commander of the Ground Forces of the AFU.
The AFU continue to make progress on the flanks of Bakhmut, and the operation there is ongoing. The AFU were able to advance an additional 350-450 meters in some positions in the Bakhmut area, said Cherevatyi on May 27.
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