The fighting continues in Bakhmut, which has always been the city in Donbass where the bloodiest clashes between Russians and Ukrainians have taken place. According to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), Moscow’s troops are achieving a series of successes in the field, which are allowing them to advance “in the south and south-west of the center”. According to Russian media, the authorities are preparing to launch a major recruitment campaign to enroll 400,000 soldiers, the regional administrations are trying to achieve the goal by forcing men to enlist. The intelligence of the British Ministry of Defense writes it in its report posted on Twitter, explaining that Moscow has chosen a “model of volunteering” also to minimize dissent. But, the campaign is highly unlikely to attract 400,000 real volunteers. However, it will take more than personnel to rebuild fighting power in Ukraine (ALL UPDATES LIVE).
“Ukrainians destroyed in Bakhmut, we in bad shape”
This situation confirms what was declared yesterday by Yevgeny Prigozhin, founder of the Russian private military company Wagner, according to whom “the battle for Bakhmut has already practically destroyed the Ukrainian army but, unfortunately, it has also hurt us too”. More than 220,000 Russian soldiers have been killed or wounded since Moscow invaded Ukraine more than a year ago. British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said this, citing the latest US estimate. Even if the war continues, there has been a notable decrease in the intensity of Russian attacks compared to the past few weeks, as also emerges from a report made by Reuters journalists close to Bakhmut’s western front. Which is probably due to the heavy losses suffered.