Russia's hope for Ukraine win revealed in battle for Bakhmut

  • In World
  • 2022-10-28 07:33:02Z
  • By Associated Press

BAKHMUT, Ukraine (AP) - Russian soldiers pummeling a city in eastern Ukraine with artillery are slowly edging closer in their attempt to seize Bakhmut, which has remained in Ukrainian hands during the eight-month war despite Moscow's goal of capturing the entire Donbas region bordering Russia.

While much of the fighting in the last month has unfolded in southern Ukraine's Kherson region, the battle heating up around Bakhmut demonstrates Russian President Vladimir Putin's desire for visible gains following weeks of clear setbacks in Ukraine.

Taking Bakhmut would rupture Ukraine's supply lines and open a route for Russian forces to press on toward Kramatorsk and Sloviansk, key Ukrainian strongholds in Donetsk province. Pro-Moscow separatists have controlled part of Donetsk and neighboring Luhansk province since 2014.

Before invading Ukraine, Putin recognized the independence of the Russian-backed separatists' self-proclaimed republics. Last month, he illegally annexed the Donetsk, Luhansk and two other provinces that Russian forces occupied or mostly occupied.

Russia has battered Bakhmut with rockets for more than five months. The ground assault accelerated after its troops forced the Ukrainians to withdraw from Luhansk in July. The line of contact is now on the city's outskirts. Mercenaries from the Wagner Group, a shadowy Russian military company, are reported to be leading the charge.

Russia's prolonged drive for Bakhmut exposes Moscow's "craziness," Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a nightly address to the nation this week.

"Day after day, for months, they have been driving people there to their deaths, concentrating the maximum power of artillery strikes there," Zelenskyy said.

The shelling killed at least three people between Wednesday and Thursday, according to local authorities.

Ukraine's military is firing mortars and heavy artillery to repel the Russian forces who were less than 5 kilometers (3 miles) away by early Thursday, according to the Institute for the Study of War, a think tank in Washington.

Russia needs a victory in Bakhmut given it is losing control over large swaths of the northeastern region of Kharkiv to a Ukrainian counteroffensive last month and its deteriorating position in Kherson. The areas were among the first the Russian military captured after the Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine.

"Russia's suffering defeats across the board. ... They need the optics of some kind of an offensive victory to assuage critics at home and to show the Russian public that this war is still going to plan," said Samuel Ramani, an associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, a defense and security think tank based in London.

The Wagner Group has played a prominent role in the war, and human rights organizations have accused its soldiers for hire of committing atrocities. Their deployment around Bakhmut reflects the city's strategic important to Moscow. However, it's unclear if the mercenaries have made many tangible gains, according to Ramani.

"We're seeing a situation where the Wagner Group is quite effective at creating terror amongst the local residents but much less effective at actually capturing and holding territory," he said. At the very best they're gaining 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) a week toward Bakhmut, he said.

While in the city this week, journalists from The Associated Press saw burned-out cars, destroyed buildings and people struggling to survive amid a cacophony of constant shelling. Bakhmut has been without electricity or water for a month, and residents worry about heating their homes as temperatures drop.

"We hoped that this (war) would end or that we would have conditions that allow us to live. But since last month, conditions have been terrible," resident Leonid Tarasov said.

Few shops are open. The AP saw people using firewood to cook on the streets and drawing water from wells.

Bakhmut had a population of about 73,000 people before the war, but approximately 90% have left the city, according to Pavlo Kyrylenko, the Ukrainian governor of the Donetsk region.

Some of those who remained asked in recent days to be evacuated from areas that are now too dangerous for volunteers or soldiers to get to because of the fighting, Roman Zhylenkov a volunteer with the local aid group Vostok-SOS, said.

Others feel trapped.

"People who left moved to stay with their children or brothers and sisters. They had places to go," Ilona Ierhilieieva said as she mixed soup on an open fire by the side of the road. "But as for us, we don't have a place to go. That's why we are here."


Mednick reported from Kyiv, Ukraine


Follow AP's coverage of the war in Ukraine:


More Related News

Even North Korea Just Noticed Russia
Even North Korea Just Noticed Russia's War in Ukraine 'Isn't Going So Well'
  • World
  • 2023-02-02 12:44:07Z

ReutersLess than a week after North Korea promised to "always stand in the same trench" with Russia, it seems even Pyongyang is losing faith in Vladimir...

Tucker Carlson is infecting the minds of Republicans over Vladimir Putin, former UK PM Boris Johnson says
Tucker Carlson is infecting the minds of Republicans over Vladimir Putin, former UK PM Boris Johnson says
  • World
  • 2023-02-02 11:58:08Z

Former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he's "horrified" by how the Fox News host is able to distort Republican perspectives on Vladimir Putin.

Russian troops are aiming to seize all of Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts in next few months, warns military intel
Russian troops are aiming to seize all of Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts in next few months, warns military intel
  • World
  • 2023-02-02 11:33:00Z

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has ordered his troops to seize the entirety of Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts by March, Ukrainian military...

Norway PM says oil profits to fund more aid to Ukraine
Norway PM says oil profits to fund more aid to Ukraine
  • US
  • 2023-02-02 10:57:20Z

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre of Norway said Thursday that the oil-rich Scandinavian country will become one of the world's top donors to Ukraine when his ...

High-level Kyiv visit aims to deepen EU-Ukraine ties
High-level Kyiv visit aims to deepen EU-Ukraine ties
  • US
  • 2023-02-02 09:42:25Z

Senior members of the European Union's executive branch traveled to Ukraine on Thursday looking to boost relations with the war-torn country and pave the way...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


  • Kcbzqj
    (2022-11-04 02:48:56Z)

    rocaltrol 0.25mg price rocaltrol 0.25mg for sale buy rocaltrol 0.25 mg for sale

  • Qecgpc
    (2022-11-04 17:27:18Z)

    buy generic calcitriol buy rocaltrol 0.25mg sale buy rocaltrol 0.25mg online

  • Zidjfa
    (2022-11-08 14:19:52Z)

    buy azithromycin 250mg generic prednisolone for sale uk order generic gabapentin 100mg

  • Ihjrwd
    (2022-11-09 17:28:27Z)

    furosemide 100mg cheap cheap furosemide 100mg ivermectin lotion 0.5

  • Xgfamw
    (2022-11-10 20:30:14Z)

    order plaquenil 200mg online cheap hydroxychloroquine 200mg cheap ivermectin 3mg price

  • Jtjedm
    (2022-11-12 03:32:07Z)

    lipitor 80mg pill usa viagra sales generic viagra 50mg

  • Evfvsh
    (2022-11-13 06:14:01Z)

    buy lisinopril online cialis tadalafil 20mg tadalafil us

  • Fesdnl
    (2022-11-14 09:07:24Z)

    cheap metoprolol 50mg metoprolol 100mg price medrol without a doctor prescription

  • Uflstm
    (2022-11-15 12:38:03Z)

    order clomiphene 100mg without prescription buy generic clomiphene 50mg pregabalin pills

  • Yylymt
    (2022-11-16 18:49:06Z)

    aristocort cost dapoxetine uk cheap priligy

  • Thszni
    (2022-11-18 08:47:52Z)

    cytotec over the counter xenical pills oral synthroid 75mcg

  • Hnxqvp
    (2022-11-20 07:58:58Z)

    zovirax canada order diltiazem 180mg for sale zyloprim 300mg for sale

  • Lvbozh
    (2022-11-22 06:12:54Z)

    crestor online order purchase motilium generic tetracycline 250mg over the counter

  • Anlzfn
    (2022-11-24 02:18:11Z)

    baclofen 25mg usa ozobax online viagra 150mg price

  • Qhakgs
    (2022-11-26 09:08:57Z)

    cialis 10mg for sale cost toradol 10mg purchase toradol sale

  • Lkuhjs
    (2022-11-28 16:31:15Z)

    buy colchicine 0.5mg pills buy propranolol online cheap methotrexate drug

  • Hwdxbl
    (2022-11-30 21:01:50Z)

    buy cozaar 50mg without prescription losartan generic imitrex 50mg ca

  • Ezwmnl
    (2022-12-01 23:28:49Z)

    dutasteride oral avodart 0.5mg generic order zofran

  • Kfrldd
    (2022-12-03 06:50:41Z)

    buy spironolactone 100mg spironolactone 100mg without prescription buy fluconazole 100mg online

  • Qbvnxt
    (2022-12-04 14:33:50Z)

    ampicillin 500mg price acillin usa buy erythromycin

  • Xxifqt
    (2022-12-05 22:06:57Z)

    sildenafil over the counter order sildenafil 50mg for sale methocarbamol pills

  • Oxijhm
    (2022-12-07 05:03:34Z)

    sildenafil 50mg uk oral aurogra 50mg estradiol 1mg pills

  • Idichc
    (2022-12-08 11:49:59Z)

    lamotrigine generic mebendazole 100mg over the counter retin cream brand

  • Xwzvez
    (2022-12-09 17:14:09Z)

    tadalis ca generic tadacip 10mg buy diclofenac online

  • Zvxzvy
    (2022-12-10 15:19:49Z)

    order accutane 10mg for sale buy accutane 10mg azithromycin 250mg us

  • Fprjmo
    (2022-12-11 22:18:57Z)

    cialis mail order best online canadian pharmacy real viagra pharmacy prescription

  • Jzaeid
    (2022-12-12 09:36:00Z)

    anastrozole 1 mg us anastrozole price brand viagra

  • Roqvwq
    (2022-12-13 11:02:14Z)

    generique cialis 10mg tadalafil 10mg prix sildenafil 25mg gГ©nГ©rique

  • Pzellt
    (2022-12-13 13:35:25Z)

    buy deltasone 40mg sale viagra next day delivery generic sildenafil

  • Gvwgwf
    (2022-12-15 01:03:21Z)

    cialis 5mg kaufen ohne rezept original sildenafil 100mg rezeptfrei sicher kaufen viagra 200mg generika

  • Koizca
    (2022-12-15 13:52:21Z)

    isotretinoin 20mg ca zithromax 500mg us ivermectin price comparison

  • Rkzomn
    (2022-12-16 04:38:12Z)

    oral provigil 200mg modafinil 100mg cost order acetazolamide 250mg sale

  • Hjnwal
    (2022-12-16 17:14:14Z)

    doxycycline pill order clomiphene 100mg generic cost lasix 40mg

  • Ipehuv
    (2022-12-17 01:40:13Z)

    brand altace 10mg avapro 300mg us azelastine 10ml canada

  • Flbeja
    (2022-12-17 20:15:58Z)

    order clonidine 0.1mg online cheap clonidine online buy spiriva cost

  • Alqwrv
    (2022-12-18 05:28:50Z)

    order buspirone 10mg for sale buspirone generic ditropan 5mg oral

  • Ohhwcn
    (2022-12-18 23:55:06Z)

    buy hytrin pill hytrin 1mg tablet azulfidine drug

  • Fwdsut
    (2022-12-19 09:57:45Z)

    fosamax online buy cost famotidine 40mg order famotidine pills

  • Huktzw
    (2022-12-20 03:56:57Z)

    benicar 10mg usa purchase depakote acetazolamide price

  • Onclum
    (2022-12-20 14:54:56Z)

    order tacrolimus 1mg sale buy prograf 5mg pill urso 300mg oral

  • Vwvgsn
    (2022-12-21 08:01:51Z)

    buy imdur sale purchase micardis generic purchase micardis sale

  • Grhdvz
    (2022-12-21 19:45:51Z)

    buy bupropion for sale seroquel 100mg canada seroquel 50mg usa

  • Qzbnom
    (2022-12-22 17:10:53Z)

    buy molnupiravir for sale molnunat 200mg ca order prevacid 30mg without prescription

  • Jvuebc
    (2022-12-23 05:42:52Z)

    zoloft cheap order lexapro viagra generic

  • Irrzld
    (2022-12-23 20:05:29Z)

    order imuran buy generic imuran viagra 100mg drug

  • Bxqyqn
    (2022-12-24 10:12:59Z)

    cialis 40mg us how much does viagra cost in canada sildenafil mail order

  • Ianztn
    (2022-12-24 22:57:10Z)

    order cialis online phenazopyridine 200 mg pills symmetrel 100mg cost

  • Nugtvu
    (2022-12-25 14:23:11Z)

    buy naltrexone 50mg generic revia buy online order abilify 20mg pill

  • Xzaeck
    (2022-12-26 02:26:39Z)

    order avlosulfon 100mg for sale nifedipine 10mg cheap perindopril 8mg for sale

  • Dpiymw
    (2022-12-26 18:51:51Z)

    purchase medroxyprogesterone generic generic cyproheptadine 4mg purchase cyproheptadine for sale

  • Lhtbhi
    (2022-12-27 15:42:12Z)

    provigil 100mg us canadian discount online pharmacy ivermectin 6 mg tablets

  • Vftmyi
    (2022-12-27 22:48:46Z)

    fluvoxamine medication buy nizoral online cheap buy glucotrol 5mg online cheap

  • Rxpyts
    (2022-12-28 20:45:40Z)

    order isotretinoin online amoxicillin without prescription order prednisone 10mg online cheap

  • Qvkacb
    (2022-12-29 11:35:02Z)

    piracetam 800 mg drug viagra order real viagra

  • Prxdmz
    (2022-12-30 00:26:14Z)

    azithromycin 500mg pills neurontin 100mg brand order gabapentin pill

  • Afyfhd
    (2022-12-30 15:27:57Z)

    cialis 10mg ca sildenafil 50mg over the counter viagra online buy

  • Aznhcl
    (2022-12-31 04:30:52Z)

    purchase lasix without prescription doxycycline ca plaquenil uk

  • Fvstol
    (2022-12-31 18:55:06Z)

    buy cialis 10mg for sale order cialis 20mg without prescription anafranil pill

  • Cilhbp
    (2023-01-01 07:50:50Z)

    chloroquine 250mg usa order chloroquine 250mg online cheap order olumiant generic

  • Rkydlc
    (2023-01-01 23:28:35Z)

    order itraconazole 100mg online cheap tindamax 500mg over the counter tindamax price

  • Oafrxd
    (2023-01-02 11:24:17Z)

    purchase metformin pills glycomet 500mg cheap purchase tadalafil online cheap

  • Lkaddv
    (2023-01-03 03:26:35Z)

    cheap zyprexa 10mg buy generic diovan diovan 160mg drug

  • Jddozu
    (2023-01-03 15:45:16Z)

    cheap amlodipine 10mg order generic cialis 5mg buy tadalafil

  • Wwqrzm
    (2023-01-04 07:20:45Z)

    clozaril ca dexamethasone 0,5 mg usa purchase decadron generic

  • Usmqvb
    (2023-01-04 20:11:27Z)

    cheap sildenafil generic sildenafil 100mg over the counter purchase lisinopril pills

  • Ynbueo
    (2023-01-05 11:15:41Z)

    buy linezolid generic buy linezolid 600mg generic gambling meaning

  • Kjhqbb
    (2023-01-06 00:22:49Z)

    order generic omeprazole 10mg order omeprazole 10mg sale online gambling casinos

  • Whorco
    (2023-01-07 04:07:43Z)

    lopressor 50mg without prescription purchase atenolol generic purchase levitra generic

  • Dvnlez
    (2023-01-08 04:39:51Z)

    help me with my paper cash poker online online roulette real money

  • Grxyhl
    (2023-01-08 16:38:14Z)

    order vardenafil online cheap buy methylprednisolone 4 mg online buy medrol 4mg

  • Kryeza
    (2023-01-09 09:51:52Z)

    essay writing sites write me a essay viagra sildenafil 50mg

  • Wyobvv
    (2023-01-11 01:02:47Z)

    tadalafil 20mg price viagra online buy sildenafil 50mg price

  • Tywxtj
    (2023-01-11 04:43:28Z)

    generic aristocort clarinex tablet brand desloratadine

  • Awrmsg
    (2023-01-12 10:00:24Z)

    priligy order online order synthroid 100mcg pills purchase synthroid online cheap

  • Ylanbj
    (2023-01-12 11:47:20Z)

    buy tadalafil 10mg pill cheap cialis for sale sildenafil 100mg cost

  • Vjhcam
    (2023-01-13 15:45:35Z)

    orlistat 60mg brand zovirax 800mg for sale acyclovir 400mg usa

  • Jbynfa
    (2023-01-13 16:16:04Z)

    tadalafil brand tadalafil online order order plavix 75mg without prescription

  • Ofujul
    (2023-01-14 20:13:50Z)

    order allopurinol generic buy zyloprim 300mg sale order generic zetia 10mg

  • Kzvegx
    (2023-01-16 00:49:47Z)

    buy motilium generic flexeril 15mg uk cyclobenzaprine 15mg usa

  • Ylzuew
    (2023-01-16 14:42:45Z)

    losartan 25mg price losartan 50mg ca topiramate order

  • Fjblto
    (2023-01-17 05:16:00Z)

    lioresal online buy tizanidine order toradol 10mg usa

  • Sriqni
    (2023-01-17 19:17:19Z)

    imitrex 25mg cost generic levaquin dutasteride canada

  • Zzthzc
    (2023-01-18 10:13:03Z)

    buy generic gloperba empire city casino online best casino

  • Jfrvhf
    (2023-01-19 00:06:39Z)

    order zantac 300mg pill mobic pills order celebrex 200mg without prescription

  • Jmzmqu
    (2023-01-19 15:37:03Z)

    free slots online online blackjack for real money usa online poker

  • Mtcjtf
    (2023-01-20 05:06:27Z)

    purchase flomax pills aldactone 100mg brand aldactone sale

  • Qctpbr
    (2023-01-21 00:06:50Z)

    order tadalafil sale buy generic tadalafil 20mg ciprofloxacin buy online

  • Xqalvl
    (2023-01-22 01:37:01Z)

    oral zocor oral simvastatin 20mg propecia uk

  • Wscobs
    (2023-01-22 10:19:58Z)

    flagyl 200mg tablet bactrim for sale online bactrim 960mg us

  • Rqydkw
    (2023-01-23 06:02:42Z)

    buy generic fluconazole 100mg purchase diflucan sildenafil cost

  • Tpgcoa
    (2023-01-23 15:15:50Z)

    buy keflex 500mg for sale cephalexin 250mg over the counter buy erythromycin 500mg generic

  • Dkmjjs
    (2023-01-24 10:54:25Z)

    buy tadalafil for sale viagra 100mg usa sildenafil 100mg oral

  • Mkaihj
    (2023-01-25 13:22:58Z)

    brand cefuroxime 250mg robaxin 500mg pill buy generic methocarbamol

  • Nwakrr
    (2023-01-25 23:01:10Z)

    online blackjack for real money usa free spins no deposit usa purchase tadalafil pill

  • Pmpzjy
    (2023-01-26 22:55:13Z)

    desyrel price sildenafil ca oral aurogra

  • Cyqbwh
    (2023-01-27 16:23:30Z)

    academicwriting write research paper ivermectin over counter

  • Ffnheb
    (2023-01-28 03:23:18Z)

    sildenafil for sale estrace generic cost lamotrigine

  • Yxrzfu
    (2023-01-29 01:41:13Z)

    order prednisone 10mg generic oral accutane order amoxicillin 250mg generic

  • Cneiux
    (2023-01-29 08:20:25Z)

    viagra sildenafil 25mg purchase sildenafil sale cialis pills

  • Mjqjjn
    (2023-01-30 13:59:37Z)

    zithromax for sale gabapentin canada gabapentin 800mg drug

  • Kwlbhk
    (2023-01-30 15:09:04Z)

    play blackjack online buy cialis 20mg sale cialis 5mg cheap

  • Bbjjfh
    (2023-01-31 22:22:56Z)

    doubleu casino online casino live dealer blackjack purchase modafinil pills

  • Rvzbjz
    (2023-02-01 07:56:24Z)

    buy lasix 100mg generic buy doxycycline 200mg sale oral hydroxychloroquine 200mg

  • Suizny
    (2023-02-02 12:58:23Z)

    order deltasone 10mg for sale order deltasone 20mg order mebendazole 100mg for sale


Top News: World