March 4. 2024. 6:28

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Ukraine vows to defend Bakhmut as Russian forces try to storm it

Ukraine’s top generals have vowed to keep defending the eastern city of Bakhmut, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said, as Russian forces fought to tighten their siege and secure their first major battlefield gain in more than six months.

Russian forces have been trying to take Bakhmut for months and say capturing it would be a step towards its objective of seizing all of the surrounding Donbas region. But Western strategists say it would be more of a pyrrhic victory given the time taken and casualties suffered.

Ukrainian troops have been reinforcing positions west of the city in apparent preparation for a possible withdrawal but appear not to have decided to pull out.

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Update on the tactical situation in #Bakhmut:

Russian forces continued ground attacks in & around Bakhmut on March 6 and secured gains but still have not succeeded in encircling the city.