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Bakhmut's defence continues to degrade forces on both sides – UK Intelligence

Tuesday, 7 March 2023, 08:20
Bakhmut's defence continues to degrade forces on both sides – UK Intelligence

The Ukrainian defence of Bakhmut continues to degrade forces on both sides.

Source: UK Defence Intelligence review; European Pravda

Over the weekend, Ukrainian forces likely stabilised their defensive perimeter following previous Russian advances into the north of the town, the report states. 

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A Russian strike destroyed a bridge over the only paved supply road into Bakhmut still under Ukrainian control around 2 March. Muddy conditions are likely hampering Ukrainian resupply efforts as they increasingly resort to using unpaved tracks.

Public disagreements between the Wagner Group and the Russian Ministry of Defence over the allocation of munitions highlights the difficulty in sustaining the high levels of personnel and ammunition required to advance with their current tactics.

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