Russia claims full control of the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut.
Putin congratulated the Russian army.
Ukraine rejects Russia’s demands, says the fight is still going on.
Moscow: It has been more than 15 months since the war between Russia and Ukraine. Russia continues to aggress against Ukraine and has occupied many Ukrainian cities. However, Ukraine has not bowed to Russia and is retaliating. Meanwhile, the Russian army claimed full control of the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut on Saturday. But Ukraine has rejected Russia’s claims, saying fighting is still ongoing.
According to news agency ANI, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Wagner’s private army and the assault team of Russian troops after the occupation of eastern Ukraine. The Kremlin’s press office said in a statement on Sunday that ‘Vladimir Putin congratulates the Wagner assault team as well as all Russian troops who provided the necessary support.’
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However, as Wagner demands the capture of Chief Bakhmut, Kiev immediately rejects the claim and states that the fight is still on. It is known that Bakhmut is located in the northwestern part of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and serves as an important supply center for the Ukrainian army in Donbass. On August 1, 2022, a fierce battle took place to liberate the city. The battle for the city has been the most intense since Donbas’ independence in 2014.
The Russian Ministry of Defense also announced that the city of Artyomovsk (Bakhmut in Ukraine) had been completely liberated during Ukraine’s special military operation. G7 leaders reaffirmed their commitment to stand together against Russia’s “illegal, unprovoked and unprovoked military aggression” against Ukraine, according to a joint statement issued at the G7 leaders’ summit that began Saturday in Hiroshima, Japan.
Tags: Russia Ukraine war, Vladimir Putin
First Published: May 21, 2023, 08:27 IST