Glava DNR Pushilin: units of PMCs “Wagner” are fighting in the quarters of Artemovsk, fierce fighting continues in the city, formations of PMCs “Wagner” manage to advance and occupy neighborhoods that were previously under the control of the Ukrainian military
The fighters of the PMCs “Wagner” in Artemovsk (Bakhmut)
The fighters of the PMC “Wagner” and other units are fighting in Artemovsk (Ukrainian name Bakhmut), the battles are already going somewhere on the outskirts, and somewhere in those quarters that were recently held by the enemy,” said the acting head of the DPR Denis Pushilin.
“Quite tough fighting continues in Artemovsk. Divisions, in particular of Wagner, are moving forward in Artemovsk itself, he said (quoted by TASS).
Artemovsk is located in the north of the DPR, 50 km north of Donetsk. The Russian Defense Ministry and the DPR authorities have been announcing fighting and an offensive in the area of the city since the beginning of December. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky called the situation there “difficult and painful”, and his office said that the Ukrainian Armed Forces were suffering heavy losses in the battles for the city.
In addition, according to Pushilin, Russian forces managed to take control of part of the DPR sites after the capture of Soledar. “Of course, the release of Soledar played a key role. This is the direction that has already made it possible to block the enemy’s supply routes and allowed in some part to take operational control of areas from which serious retaliatory actions were inflicted by the enemy,” he said.
The day before, Pushilin reported that most of the routes connecting Artemovsk with the outside world were cut off, only one road remained under the control of the APU. At the same time, he called for cautious assessments of the progress made by the Russian forces. Pushilin also claimed fierce fighting in Artemovsk itself. According to him, the Ukrainian army is resisting and there are no prerequisites that “surrenders, lays down arms and retreats”. The commander of the special forces “Akhmat” Apty Alaudinov reported that the fighting was going on in the eastern and southern parts of the city.
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The founder of the PMCs “Wagner” businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin noted that the main task in the capture of Artemovsk is to “destroy the Ukrainian army in the vicinity of the city and prevent any offensive actions in any direction of the front”. “All their combat-ready units of the AFU are sent to Bakhmut. And the PMCs “Wagner” destroys them, opening up operational opportunities in other areas,” he said.
In January, the Russian military announced taking control of several settlements near Artemovsk. In particular, these are the village of Podgornoye, the city of Soledar, the village of Sol, the village of Kleshcheyevka and the settlement of Krasnopolevka.
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