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The Telegraph: Ukraine conducting ‘fighting withdrawal’ from Bakhmut. 

Ukrainian forces are preparing a fighting withdrawal from Bakhmut in east Ukraine as Russian soldiers try to encircle them and capture the city.

Russian military bloggers and Western intelligence reports said that Russian troops had advanced in the destroyed city but that Ukrainian special forces were counter-attacking. 

“The Armed Forces of Ukraine are withdrawing forces from the central and western regions of Bakhmut,” said Rybar, a blogging unit that has close ties to the Russian armed forces and 1.1 million subscribers on Telegram.

“These efforts are only intended to buy time and delay the Russian units as much as possible. The battle for Bakhmut is close to its end.” 

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WNU editor: The video below is from a Ukrainian unit fleeing Bakhmut. You can hear the panic in their voices knowing that they are exposed to Russian fire. Apparently the only way to escape from the city right now is through open fields.

The Battle For Bakhmut Continues  

Live: Zelensky pays tribute to troops in ‘difficult’ fight as Bakhmut battle rages — France 24

Ukraine updates: Bakhmut residents flee as Russia presses in — DW 

Ukraine vows to defend ‘fortress’ Bakhmut as Russia claims battle is ‘close to end’ — The Independent

Ukrainian soldiers under pressure as Russian forces shell roads out of Bakhmut — ABC News Australia

Ukrainian soldiers in Bakhmut: ‘Our troops are not being protected’ — Kyiv Independent

Fight for Bakhmut continues as Russian forces call for more support — The Guardian

It is possible to deliver ammunition to Bakhmut and evacuate wounded Armed Forces of Ukraine — Ukrayinska Pravda

Ukraine pledges to defend ‘fortress Bakhmut’ as battle rages — Al Jazeera

Zelenskiy Says Donbas Fighting ‘Painful, Challenging’ As Bakhmut Defenders Struggle To Hold On — RFE

Zelensky calls fight for east ‘painful’ as options dwindle in Bakhmut — Washington Post