The battle in Bakhmut has become less active due to the counter-offensive actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the flanks, analysts say.
The pace of the battle in Bakhmut has slowed down due to the counter-offensive actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the flanks, and in the southern direction, the Russians continue to prepare defenses in anticipation of a Ukrainian counter-offensive . This was reported by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
On May 23, Russian forces launched a limited ground offensive northeast of Kupyansk and along the Svatovo-Kremennaya line, analysts said. The Ukrainian General Staff reported that Russian troops were conducting unsuccessful offensive operations near Masyutovka (13 km northeast of Kupyansk) and Belogorovka (10 km south of Kremennaya).
Russian “military bloggers” said that Russian forces “took new positions near Nevsky” (18 km northwest of Kremennaya). However, ISW found no visual confirmation of this claim. A video posted on May 23 allegedly shows unidentified airborne units operating in the woods near Kremennaya.
Ukrainian officials said the pace of fighting in the direction of Bakhmut has slowed due to the extension of a limited Ukrainian attack on the flanks of Bakhmut on 23 May.
For the first time since December 2022, the General Staff of Ukraine did not report any fighting in the city of Bakhmut in its 18:00 setting, suggesting that the forces of the Wagner group may advance further inside the city .
The General Staff also reported that Russian troops were conducting unsuccessful offensive operations near Khromovoe (immediately west of Bakhmut).
In addition, on May 23, Russian troops continued their offensive on the Avdiivka-Donetsk line. The General Staff of Ukraine reported that Ukrainian troops repelled Russian attacks near Avdiivka, 13 km north of Avdiivka in the Novokalinovoe area and within 14 km west of Avdiivka in the regions of Severny, Vodyanoye and Pervomaisky.
Ukrainian forces also reported multiple attacks in Maryinka (about 24km southwest of Donetsk city).
As we have already written, last week Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated PIK Wagner on the alleged capture of Bakhmut.
Meanwhile, on the evening of May 22, the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced that they had advanced near Bakhmut.
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