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The AFU achieved tactical success in Bakhmut, - British intelligence

May 16, 2023

The AFU pushed Russian forces south as well as northwest of Bakhmut. This made it possible to restore the supply line.

This was reported by the British Ministry of Defense on Twitter.


As noted in the summary, Wagner Group forces continue to make gradual progress in clearing Ukrainian positions in the town centre of the contested town of Bakhmut.. However, over the last four days, Ukrainian forces have made tactical progress stabilising the flanks of Bakhmut to their advantage.

According to British intelligence, in addition to progress to the south of town, Ukrainian assaults have forced back the Russian frontline to the north-west of the town. This has likely enabled Ukrainian forces to re-establish more secure use of the key 0506 supply road.

"Ukraine is holding Russia’s western advances along the line of Donets-Donbas Canal, turning the waterway into an obstacle as part of a deep defensive zone around the town of Chasiv Yar," the British Defense Ministry noted.

It is worth noting that on May 15, the spokesman for the Eastern grouping of the AFU, Serhiy Cherevaty, stated that the Ukrainian Defense Forces had advanced 350 meters to 2 kilometers in some places on the flanks around Bakhmut in the past two days.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 16/05/2023

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