The Russian military has practically bypassed the city of Artemovsk (Ukrainian name – Bakhmut) in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) from three sides. This was announced on February 1 by the police colonel of the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) Vitaly Kiselev.
“Artemovsk has been practically “embraced” from three sides, an intensive knocking out of the enemy is underway,” he said on the air of the Solovyov Live TV channel.
Earlier, on January 30, adviser to the acting head of the DPR, Yan Gagin, admitted that Artemovsk could be surrounded within a few days. According to him, it is important for Russian military personnel not only to fulfill combat missions, but to save people and equipment.
On the same day, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky called the difficult situation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) in the Artyomovsk direction in the DPR. According to him, a high intensity of attacks by the RF Armed Forces remains in this direction.
On January 27, Akhmat special forces commander Apty Alaudinov said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine were suffering losses on the outskirts of Artemovsk. He stressed that almost all routes of advance for the enemy had already been blocked.
Earlier in the day, Russian troops hit units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the help of improved ammunition for the Tornado-S multiple launch rocket system (MLRS). The blow was struck at a strategic facility in the Artemovsk area.
On January 20, the acting head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, said that Russian forces were close to achieving the operational encirclement of Artemovsk.
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 by Russian President Vladimir Putin against the backdrop of increased shelling by the Ukrainian military.
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