More than 200 Russian troops are among large numbers killed in eastern Ukraine in the last few hours with a fierce battle raging for control of Bakhmut, Kyiv has claimed. Russia has also claimed to have taken the lives of hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers, days after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned his nation needed to prevent Vladimir Putin gaining control of key the eastern city, in the Donetsk oblast or region, as crucial.

Ukrainian military spokesman Serhiy Cherevatyi claimed 221 pro-Moscow troops were killed and more than 300 wounded in Bakhmut. Russia‘s defence ministry claimed as many as 210 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in Donetsk as a whole

The UK’s MoD, in its latest bulletin, said Russia‘s Wagner mercenary group has taken control of most of the eastern part of Bakhmut – in line with claims by the mercenary army’s founder Yevgeny Prigozhin on Wednesday.

DefenceHQ tweeted: “In the city centre, the Bakhmutka River now marks the front line.

However, speaking yesterday, Ukrainie’s Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskyi said his country was poised to hit back, explaining: “It is necessary to gain time to accumulate reserves and start a counter-offensive, which is not far off.”


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