Ukraine plans to launch a counterattack on the Russian forces in Bakhmut


Ukraine war

March 23, 2023 | 3:28 p.m

A senior commander said Thursday that the Ukrainian military will launch a highly anticipated counteroffensive “very soon” – as Russia loses momentum in Bakhmut.

Oleksandr Sersky, the commander of the Ukrainian Ground Forces, indicated that a counterattack would soon strike the exhausted Russian forces at Bakhmut.

Sersky said on social media that the Russian Wagner Group’s mercenaries are “losing a lot of strength and losing momentum”.

“Very soon we will take advantage of this opportunity, as we did in the past near Kiev, Kharkiv, Balaklia and Kubyansk,” he said.

Last year, Ukraine launched counter-offensives in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Kalaklia, and Kobyansk, which ended up being major turning points in the war and Ukraine’s recovery of significant territory.

Ukrainian soldiers fired D-30 howitzer shells at Russian positions near Bakhmut.
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Although their forces were dwindling, Cirsky noted, Russia seemed undeterred.

He said, “The aggressor does not lose hope at any cost of capturing Bakhmut, regardless of losses in manpower or equipment.”

Cirsky stated that even as Ukrainian forces come under constant fire from Russian artillery, they continue to display “superman resilience, courage and bravery”. It was reported by the Ukrainian newspaper Ukrainishka Pravda.

Oleksandr Sersky, the commander of the Ukrainian Ground Forces, indicated that a counterattack would soon strike the Russian forces at Bakhmut.
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In a Ukrainian-held village on the northern outskirts of Bakhmut, the strength of the Russian forces was greatly reduced.

“It was really hot here a week ago, but the last three days it’s been much quieter,” said a Ukrainian soldier. to Reuters.

Russia’s weak attack on Bakhmut, once a major focus of Moscow’s offensive, may have been the result of troops and resources being sent to other regions.

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President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the troops and posted a video telling residents, “We will restore everything, we will rebuild everything. Just as every city and village has suffered.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the forces defending Bakhmut earlier this week before touring frontline districts in the Kherson region on Thursday.

He shared a video of himself meeting residents in the war-torn village of Posad Pokrovsky, located on the former Kherson front line, and promised residents that they would rebuild soon.

“We will restore everything, we will rebuild everything. As with every city and village that suffered because of the occupiers.”

News of the Ukrainian counterattack comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted his “dear friend” Chinese President Xi Jinping in Moscow this week.

The communist leader drew criticism for trying to appear as a peacemaker while barely mentioning the war in Ukraine during their three-day meeting.

After Xi left Moscow on Wednesday, Putin sent drones across northern Ukraine and blew up an apartment building in Zaporizhia with missiles, killing at least one person.

At least nine people have been killed in airstrikes as of Thursday.

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