Ukrainian forces continue to launch successful offensives near the town of Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast, while the Russian army suffers from low morale and barely has the reserves to hold the town.
Source: UK Defense Intelligence judgementas reported by European Pravda.
It is noted that after a lull in June for the past seven days, Bakhmut “has once again become the site of some of the most intense fighting along the front”, with Ukrainian forces making “steady gains” both north and south of the city. .
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“Russian defenders most likely suffer from low morale, a mix of disparate units and a limited ability to find and engage Ukrainian artillery,” British defense intelligence notes.
The review points out that Moscow apparently considers it “politically unacceptable” for Ukrainian troops to surrender Bakhmut, a city that has symbolic value as one of the few feats of arms by Russian troops in the last year of the war.
“However, there are most likely few additional reserves (for Russia – ed.) to tie to the sector,” said British intelligence.
The city of Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast was the scene of one of the fiercest clashes between Ukrainian and Russian forces until the Russian side announced in May this year that it had allegedly taken the city.
According to Ukrainian and Western officials, Russia lost a significant amount of manpower during the offensive on Bakhmut – at least 60,000 dead and injured.
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Earlier: The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Ukrainian forces had conducted offensive operations north and south of Bakhmut, and the commander of the Ukrainian army, Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskyisaid Ukrainian forces had regained control of previously lost positions in the Bakhmut area.