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Bakhmut Dispute between Russia-Ukraine

  • Published
    22nd May, 2023
  • Bakhmut, in Ukraine's Donetsk province, has been the scene of heavy battle between Russian and Ukrainian forces for more than nine months.

Key Highlights:

  • The president of Ukraine refuted claims made by Russia and the mercenary Wagner Group that they had taken control of the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut.

What is the significance of Bakhmut?

  • Bakhmut is a small mining town in Eastern Ukraine with a pre-war population of 70,000-80,000.
  • It does not have any militarily important industry or strategic location, but is proximate to multiple important roads which may have strategic value to the Russian advance.
  • Its significance is more symbolic than anything else, as it was a political choice to gain a victory after months of sending their army in an offensive.
  • Moscow needs to capture Kramatorsk and Sloviansk to complete its "liberation" of Donetsk, and Bakhmut could help them advance in Chasiv Yar.
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