Russia has “had a degree of success” in storming the city of Bakhmut, Ukraine’s military concedes, but says “the enemy’s losses are many times greater”.
Ukraine acknowledges Russian gains in Bakhmut
Ukraine has acknowledged some Russian gains inside the eastern battlefield city of Bakhmut, while insisting it is inflicting greater losses on the Russian attackers than its own forces were taking in defence.
In a potential escalation of Russia’s diplomatic feud with the United States, Moscow’s FSB security service said it had arrested an American reporter for the Wall Street Journal, Evan Gershkovich, on suspicion of spying for Washington.
The small mining city of Bakhmut has been the site of the bloodiest infantry battle in Europe since World War II as Russian forces have sought their first victory since mid-2022 in a huge winter assault.
Ukraine has been on the defensive for nearly five months but says it is planning a counteroffensive soon.