MADRID, 7 Mar. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, has stated that the capture of the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut by Russian forces will be key to further advancing towards other areas currently under the control of Ukrainian troops, since it would be a point key in strategic terms.
"The liberation of Artiomovsk continues," Shoigu has said, using the Soviet name for today's Bakhmut. The city is "a key defense line for Ukrainian troops in Donbas" and "controlling it will help broaden the offensive towards the defenses of the Ukrainian Army", he added in a statement to military commanders.
kyiv does not hide the fact that the situation in the area is complicated, with Bakhmut practically surrounded by forces loyal to Moscow, including the mercenaries of the Wagner Group. On Monday, the president, Volodimir Zelenski, ordered to reinforce the defenses, although winged ones like the United States have already suggested that losing Bakhmut does not have to be decisive in the military context.
Shoigu has also ensured that casualties in the Ukrainian Armed Forces skyrocketed in February, specifically 40 percent, to exceed 11,000 troops, although there is no way to verify the figures offered by each of the parties. According to the minister, these 11,000 casualties would show that "the Kiev regime does not care about its people" and that, instead, "it tolerates any human cost in order to please the West."
In this sense, he has stated that the shipment of Western weapons to Ukraine would not be working on the battlefield, according to the Russian news agency TASS.