"We knocked them out"; A turnaround?
This was said by one of Kyiv's top generals, raising hopes for an unlikely turnaround in the besieged city. Oleksandr Syrskyi, commander of the Ukrainian ground forces, announced on his Telegram channel that "the Russians are losing significant forces in Bakhmut and are running out of energy."
"We will use this opportunity very soon, as we have done in the past near Kyiv, Kharkiv, Balakliia and Kupiansk," wrote Syrskyi.
His comments come days after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a surprise visit to the front line in the Donetsk region and are raising hopes in the West that Kyiv's controversial decision to keep troops in Bakhmut will pay off, CNN writes.
"There is only Wagner in the direction of Bakhmut"
Russian troops have carried out more than 200 attacks on the area in the last 24 hours alone, but they are losing hundreds of people every day in their attacks, a spokesman for the Eastern Group of Armed Forces said. CNN could not confirm those numbers.
"There is only Wagner in the direction of Bakhmut, and when they run out of strength, they are reinforced by Russian paratroopers, sometimes also infantry. We knocked them out. In fact, soon there will be no more Wagner stormtroopers if they continue with the same dynamics," said Sergiy Cherevatji.
Cherevatji said the area northeast of Bakhmut, on the front line that runs north of the city of Kreminna, is also under intense fire.
He claimed that Russia "carries out several hundred attacks a day, usually more than 300, sometimes more than 400".
During yesterday, there were 344 attacks and 17 combat conflicts.
A counter-offensive looked unlikely for several weeks as troops from the Russian mercenary group Wagner bombarded Bakhmut and came close to...
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