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Daily Mail: Putin closes in on his first major war victory for six months: Ukraine admits situation is ‘extremely tense’ as Russia steps up assault on Bakhmut and moves to cut off supply lines, forcing a surrender 

* Russia is trying to cut Ukrainian defenders’ supply lines to the city of Bakhmut 

* A victory for Putin would open way to capture of last remaining areas of Donetsk 

Ukraine today said the situation around the besieged city of Bakhmut is ‘extremely tense’ as Vladimir Putin’s forces stepped up their assault to encircle Ukrainian troops. 

Russia is trying to cut supply lines to the city, the scene of some of the war’s toughest fighting, and force them to surrender or withdraw. 

This would give Putin his first major victory in more than half a year and open the way to the capture of the last remaining urban centres in the Donetsk region.  

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WNU Editor: I have been told that there are anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 Ukrainian soldiers still in the city. The military experts that I trust tell me that the Russian military is on the verge of developing a real cauldron. Bottom line. These Ukrainian soldiers better get out in the coming days. 

Ukraine Admits The Situation Around The Besieged City Of Bakhmut Is ‘Extremely Tense’  

As Russian forces bear down on Bakhmut, Ukraine admits situation there is ‘more and more difficult’ — CNBC

Ukraine war: Zelensky says situation in Bakhmut worsening — BBC

Ukraine Hints at Possible Withdrawal From Besieged Bakhmut — Bloomberg

Ukraine Army Says Situation ‘Extremely Tense’ Around Bakhmut — AFP

Russians tighten noose on Ukraine’s Bakhmut, Putin warns of Western espionage — Reuters 

Ukraine says Bakhmut situation ‘extremely tense’ as army battles elite Russian units — Times of Israel

‘Extremely tense’ as Russians bid to encircle Ukraine’s Bakhmut, says commander — ABC News Australia

Ukraine Says Fighting in Eastern Mining Town Becoming More Difficult — VOA 

‘If you don’t burrow in you die pretty quickly’: the relentless battle for Bakhmut — The Guardian

Russia Steps Up Assault On Bakhmut; Zelenskiy Praises Ukraine’s ‘Heroic’ Defense — RFE