The Russian military continues to concentrate its efforts and firepower along an approximately 15-kilometer front around the city of Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast, according to British military intelligence updates.
The Russian plan is to encircle the city with tactical advances to the north and south. On the southern front, “Russia has probably made little progress in recent days and is trying to consolidate bridgeheads west of the marshy land around Bakhmutka stream. Russia has been prioritizing this objective as its main effort since early August.” .
According to intelligence, “the capture of the city would have limited operational value. There is a possibility that the capture of Bakhmut has become primarily a symbolic and political goal for Russia.”
The head of the Ukrainian presidential office Mykhailo Podolyak, as reported by the Ukrainian media, urged the Russians to forget the city of Bakhmut, and to prepare for the court in Yalta.
“The Kremlin is eliminating thousands of its conscripts, prisoners, mercenaries and soldiers near” this “city that has no strategic importance, all to prove that they can still do something,” Podolyak wrote on Twitter. you will. Forget Bakhmut and start preparing for Yalta, the court of Yalta.”