The British Ministry of Defense estimates that Russia has deployed a new reinforcement force. “several battalions” in Bakhmut

May 7, 2023, Donetsk region, Ukraine: Ukrainian army soldier received mortar firing adjustment data via private communications in the suburbs of the town of Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine – Europa Press/Contact/Mykhaylo Palinchak


The British Ministry of Defense estimated this Saturday that Russia had begun deploying a new force to the front of the city of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine four days ago; It is a new sign of the commitment to conquer a strategically key city in the development of the conflict and where Ukrainian forces will advance in recent hostilities.

“It is very likely that Russia will deploy several battalions in recent days to strengthen its sectors in Bakhmut.”He stated in the Department of Defense’s final assessment, which he posted on Twitter this Saturday.

This decision may have been made for two reasons; “Tactical victories of Ukraine on the flanks of this disputed city” and the doubts expressed by Yevgeni Prighozin, head of the Russian Wagner mercenary group that was instrumental in the operations, about the wishes of the Russian Ministry of Defense when it came to taking the city.

“This redeployment represents an important commitment of the Russian command, given the relatively small number of Russian combat units in Ukraine without engaging with the enemy.”adds the British Ministry of Defense.

For all these reasons, London understands: “Russian leadership continues to perceive Bakhmut as a key and urgent war target”where is victory “would allow them to claim some degree of success in combat”.

Source: Noti Merica

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