Bakhmut remains the hot spot in the war between Ukraine and Russia — the head of Ukraine’s armed forces described the situation in the city as “difficult,” although Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said intense fighting there is taking a big toll on Russia’s forces.
Zelenskyy said Sunday evening that since March 6, Ukraine’s forces had “managed to eliminate more than 1,100 enemy soldiers.”
Thecommander of Ukraine’s ground forces Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi said Monday that “Wagner’s assault units are advancing from several directions, trying to break through the defenses of our troops and advance to the central districts of the city,” according to the latest post on the Military Media Centre, translated by NBC News.
In other news, the Wagner Group has likely lost access to recruiting in Russian prisons because of ongoing disputes with the Russian defense ministry and could be pivoting recruitment efforts toward free Russian citizens, the U.K. said Monday.
Since the start of March 2023, Wagner has set up outreach teams based in sports centers in at least 40 locations across Russia and has given careers talks in schools, Britain’s Ministry of Defence noted in an intelligence update.