The liberation of Artyomovsk/Bakhmut by Russian servicemen is in progress. Around 10,000 Ukrainian GIs are trapped there.
According to Defence Minister, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, the offensive operations of the Russian forces in Donetsk and Kupyansk directions resulted in the liberation of Nikolayevka, Dvurechnoye, Krasnaya Gora, Gryanikovka, and Paraskoviyevka.
He noted that this city is an important defence node of the Ukrainian forces in Donbass. Taking it under control will allow to carry out further offensive operations towards the depth of the defence of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU).
'Within the U.S.-led strategy 'to defeat Russia by force of arms', Western countries increase the supplies of armament and military hardware to Ukraine, and amplify the training curricula of Ukrainian army's personnel', stated the Minister of Defence.
Meanwhile, according to Sergei Shoigu, the support provided by NATO countries to the Kiev regime does not lead the Ukrainian forces to any success on the battlefield. On the contrary, a considerable increase in casualties has been noted amongst the AFU personnel.
In February 2023, these casualties rose by over 40% in comparison with last January. They amounted to over 11,000 Ukrainian troops.
In this regard, the Kiev regime's indifference to its people and inconsideration to the enormous human losses in favour of the Western curators are astonishing. 'In turn, saving lives and health of the personnel and civilians remain our priority, stressed the Minister of Defence. 'We will continue our action within the Special Military Operation'.
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