Moon of Alabama: Why Bakhmut Is Falling
Just two days ago I reported that Bakhmut is falling. The Ukrainian soldiers there are outgunned 1 to 10 and die under artillery fire with little chance to shot back. More reports from the front have since come in. They support my dire view.
The German pro-Ukrainian news outlet Bild reported this morning that there were misgivings in the Ukrainian war leadership:
President Volodymyr Zelensky and Commander-in-Chief of Ukraine’s Armed Forces Valerii Zaluzhnyi have conflicting views on how the military should handle the situation in Bakhmut, according to unnamed sources within the Ukrainian political leadership cited in a report by Bild.
Bild writes that Zaluzhnyi was deliberating a tactical withdrawal from Bakhmut weeks ago over concern for the wellbeing of his troops. The Ukrainian government told Bild that remaining in Bakhmut was the right decision due to the serious damage it inflicted on Russian military personnel and equipment. However, according to other sources cited by the publication, the situation is at risk of becoming untenable.
“The vast majority of soldiers in Bakhmut do not understand why the city is being held,” a Ukrainian military analyst told Bild on condition of anonymity. Just hours after that item came out Zelensky’s office issued a press release denying any such trouble (machine translation):
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WNU Editor: The video below gives a very good indication on how difficult it will be to flee Bakhmut via throught the fields and forests that are to the west of the city.
🇷🇺💥⚔️🇺🇦🏃AFU trying to get out of Bakhmut
through muddy fields
Bakhmut is under operational encirclement and the roads are under fire control from artillery, mortars and tanks of “Wagner”.
“Wagner” using UAV’s to follow AFU movements so it can coordinate the fire. pic.twitter.com/xFmyIpRtgf
— AZ 🛰🌏🌍🌎 (@AZgeopolitics) March 6, 2023
Battle For Bakhmut — News Updates March 6, 2023
Ukrainian military vows to hold Bakhmut as Russians close in — AP
Kyiv says forces fighting on in ‘utter hell’ of Bakhmut battle — Reuters
Ukrainian leaders agree to continue Bakhmut defence as casualties mount — The Guardian
Ukraine war: Bakhmut defenders double down – Zelensky — BBC
Ukrainian commanders agree to maintain Bakhmut defense — Politico
Could Ukrainian forces withdraw from Bakhmut? Access to the comments — Euronews