The capture of Artemovsk (Ukrainian name – Bakhmut) will be a step towards the fact that Russia will take the entire Donbass. This is stated in the article Bloomberg dated 28 February.
“The capture of Bakhmut will be a step towards Russia taking the entire region of Donbass, which President Vladimir Putin has declared part of Russia,” the author of the article writes.
At the same time, he notes that Ukrainian officials are signaling that Artemovsk may soon be surrendered. So, for example, the words of Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky are cited, who on February 2 said that Kyiv would not surrender Bakhmut, and less than three weeks after that he said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine would not hold the city at any cost.
In addition, according to the publication, European officials believe that Kyiv may have to surrender Bakhmut in order to prepare for the spring counteroffensive.
Earlier in the day, American television channel CNN, citing one of the Ukrainian militants, reported that the situation in Artyomovsk was deteriorating as Russian troops put pressure on them and continue to try to capture the city.
At the same time, he stated that the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) would defend the city for as long as possible, despite the difficulties.
In turn, the Ukrainian publication Obozrevatel, citing the head of one of the medical services, wrote that the number of wounded Ukrainian soldiers in Artemivsk has increased significantly in recent days.
The day before, Zelensky called the situation near Artemivsk permanently difficult.
Also on February 27, the acting head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, said that Russian forces control almost all roads to the city of Artemovsk.
The special operation to protect Donbass, which Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24, 2022, continues. The decision was made against the background of the aggravation of the situation in the region due to shelling by the Ukrainian military.
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