Ukraine, violent battle in Bakhmut. Kiev: “Unsuccessful attacks”

Russia targets the city’s suburbs, but the Ukrainian military resists. Moscow: “Seven British mercenaries killed”

The battle between Russians and Ukrainians for control of Bakhmut continues. According to reports from Kiev, Russia has launched what the Ukrainian military has called “unsuccessful attacks” on the suburbs of the besieged city, while inside there is heavy street-to-street fighting, and even house-to-house. “Heavy fighting is going on in Bakhmut,” the Ukrainian Army General Staff said. “The enemy launched unsuccessful attacks in the vicinity of Khromove and Ivanivs’ke”, suburbs around the periphery.

The latter actions would suggest a attempt by Moscow to encircle Ukrainian soldiers inside Bakhmut. Despite claims that Russian forces are advancing, geotagged footage from CNN shows Ukrainian fighters holding positions in the city center. “Despite heavy losses, the Russian Federation does not give up plans to occupy our territory,” the General Staff said. “The adversary continues to concentrate its main efforts on offensive actions at Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Mar’yinka.” Ukraine also says it has repelled 60 Russian attacks on Bakhmut and Mary’inka in the past 24 hours.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Kiev also reports about five attacks by Ukrainian troops on Russian concentration areas and anti-aircraft missile systems. A Russian command and control center, anti-aircraft missile systems, a concentration of Russian troops and equipment, and an ammunition depot were affected.

While Ukraine celebrated Orthodox Easter yesterday, Russian forces dropped over 50 missiles and aerial bombs, killing and wounding civilians. Zaporizhzhia and Mykolaiv regions were hit with 25 S-300 surface-to-air missiles, according to the Ukrainian General Staff. Russian forces hit Snihurivka in Mykolaiv Oblast with 10 missiles killing two teenagers.

Kiev: 182,660 Russian soldiers killed since the beginning of the war

Russia has lost 590 men in the last day, bringing the losses in its ranks up to 182,660 since the day of Moscow’s attack on Ukraine, last February 24th. This was announced by the daily bulletin of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, just released on Facebook, which reports figures that cannot be independently verified.
According to the report by the Ukrainian military, today’s Russian losses would be around ‘182,660 men, 3,660 tanks, 7,087 armored vehicles, 2,804 artillery systems, 538 multiple rocket launchers, 285 anti-aircraft defense systems. According to the bulletin, which specifies that the data is being updated due to the intense fighting, the Russian forces would also have lost 308 aircraft, 293 helicopters, 7,087 vehicles, 18 naval units and 2,347 drones.

Moscow: Seven British mercenaries killed

The Russian authorities have communicated that at least seven British “mercenaries” have died in the last few hours during an attack on a stronghold of the Ukrainian armed forces. “Using unmanned aerial devices, Russian intelligence officers located fortified positions in a wooded area,” the Russian Defense Ministry said on its website, adding that later “soldiers from the assault unit, under the cover of tanks, they overcame more than 500 meters of landmines to reach enemy positions”. “Russian soldiers used a large number of F-1 grenades, neutralizing a group of seven British mercenaries and capturing the stronghold of the Ukrainian armed forces,” the statement said.