AA / Kyiv / Zahir Sofuoğlu
Andriy Yermak, the director of Ukraine’s presidential office, said that his country’s forces continue to defend the city of Bakhmut in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine.
In a social media post, Yermak said that clashes with Russian forces in Bakhmut continue.
“The defense forces continue to push the enemy eastwards and their plans to invade Bakhmut are now failing. Ukraine is on the front line,” he wrote.
Maps released by the American Institute for the Study of War on March 7 showed that Russia controls about 40% of the city of Bakhmut.
The institute said the decision to defend Bakhmut would force the Russian military to “engage in a costly and bloody war” and that the city has a strategic dimension, Euronews reported.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has ordered an increase in military deployments to protect the city, where fierce fighting has been going on for months.
On February 24, 2022, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine, prompting a wave of international condemnation and economic sanctions against Moscow, demanding that Kiev abandon plans to join the military in order to end its operation.
*Translated from Arabic by Hajer Cherny