The situation in the area of Artemovsk (Ukrainian name – Bakhmut) is complicated. This was announced on Tuesday, January 31, by the deputy commander of the Svoboda battalion as part of the 4th operational brigade of the National Guard of Ukraine Volodymyr Nazarenko on the air of the Rada TV channel.
He noted that for the last five or six months, “a living hell” has been going on under this settlement. Every hour, according to him, there are heavy battles.
“When I constantly hear about the threat of a large-scale offensive, I have a question: what is happening now near Bakhmut, is this not a large-scale offensive?” asked Nazarenko.
He also admitted that his battalion was suffering huge losses.
On the eve of the adviser to the acting head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Jan Gagin, allowed a possible encirclement of Artemovsk in a few days. At the same time, Pushilin himself noted that fierce battles were really going on there, however, it was too early to talk about the encirclement of the city.
The commander of the Akhmat special forces, the deputy commander of the second army corps of the People’s Militia of the Lugansk People’s Republic, Apty Alaudinov, reported on January 27 that the Armed Forces of Ukraine were suffering heavy losses near Artemovsk.
The DPR also noted that a lot of enemy equipment was destroyed in this direction, which generally affects the security of Ukrainian militants.
At the same time, Julian Repke, a correspondent for the German newspaper Bild, spoke on January 29 about the difficult situation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) near Artemivsk. In one report, he mentioned that Russian forces are constantly, “literally every five seconds,” hitting Ukrainian positions with artillery.
On February 24, 2022, Russia launched a special operation to protect Donbass, against which Ukraine has been fighting since 2014. The decision to start the SVO was made against the backdrop of increased shelling by the Ukrainian military.
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