Ik vind het toch best wel raar om te zeggen dat een stad is bevrijd als er geen gebouw meer staat.
Bedenk dat Bakhmut het paradepasrdje was van Oekraine, deze stad was zogenasmd onneembaar. Dit is veruit de grootste naoorlogse militaire slag, 10 x groter dan de slag om Fallujah in Irak (2004).

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Key Donbass city fully liberated – Moscow​

Artyomovsk, also known as Bakhmut, has been captured, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed.

The Russian troops have completely liberated the strategic Donbass city of Artyomovsk, the scene of a grueling battle for many months, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed in the early hours of Sunday.

The operation in the city known to Ukrainians as Bakhmut was executed by the “offensive actions” of the private military company Wagner Group with artillery and air support from regular Russian forces, the MOD said.

The statement from the MOD came hours after Wagner chief Evgeny Prigozhin announced on social media that his fighters had taken complete control of the city.

Ukraine has denied that the city had fallen to the Russians. Deputy Defense Minister Anna Malyar claimed that the statements about the capture of Artyomovsk were “premature.”

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Putin congratulates troops on battlefield success​

The Russian president has praised Wagner fighters and regular servicemen for completing the capture of the city of Artyomovsk
Putin congratulates troops on battlefield success

Russian President Vladimir Putin in Pyatigorsk, Russia, May 19, 2023. © Tatyana Barybina / Sputnik

Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated members of the Wagner private military company and regular soldiers with liberating the Donbass city of Artyomovsk, also known as Bakhmut, from the Ukrainian army, the Kremlin said in the early hours of Sunday.

Wagner chief Evgeny Prigozhin said on Saturday that his soldiers had taken full control of the city.

The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed the capture of Artyomovsk several hours later.

According to the MOD, the operation was completed with the assault by the Wagner fighters who had artillery and air support from regular troops.

Ukraine, meanwhile, has claimed that the fighting for the city is not over.
The salt mining city of Artyomovsk has been the scene of a fierce battle for many months as Russian forces were methodically pushing Ukrainian units from the western suburbs. The city itself has been largely destroyed.

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