Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Bakhmut ‘has reputation as most bloody, cruel and brutal part of front’; Russia Puzzles with ‘costly’ Fight for Small City of Bakhmut; Joint Forces Commander: Russians are Concentrating Forces in Belarus, We’re Getting Ready to React; Russia ‘conceals Reasons for deaths’ of its Troops Ahead of New Mobilization Wave, LIVE UPDATES and MORE

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Bakhmut ‘has reputation as most bloody, cruel and brutal part of front’:
Bakhmut has been one of the hottest places at the frontline for a while, and Ukrainian troops are causing the invaders significant losses despite the difficult conditions, spokesman Ukraine's Eastern Command Serhiy Cherevatyi has said.
Speaking on Ukrainian broadcaster 24 Channel on Dec. 3, Cherevatyi said the battle for Bakhmut could be a key point in the war.
"The Bakhmut sector is the most bloody, cruel and brutal sector (of the front) in the Russian-Ukrainian war so far,” he said.
“It definitely could become a pivotal point in this war. The enemy continues to assault different settlements every day, including Bakhmut, Soledar, Klishchiivka and others.”
Cherevatyi also said the invaders are shelling non-stop. The enemy conducted 261 attacks with artillery of various calibers in the past 24 hours alone. --->READ MORE HERE
NY POST: Russia puzzles with ‘costly’ fight for small city of Bakhmut, Ukraine:
The Russian military is pouring its resources into capturing the small city of Bakhmut, puzzling intelligence analysts who say the city in Eastern Ukraine is of little strategic importance.
Russian troops are attempting to encircle the city in the Donetsk region, one of four regions Russia has claimed as its own. But Bakhmut, which had just about 70,000 residents before the war, would offer little advantage, according to the UK Ministry of Defense.
“Russia has prioritized Bakhmut as its main offensive effort since early August 2022,” the ministry said Saturday in its daily intelligence update. “The capture of the town would have limited operational value.”
The update said taking Bakhmut would be primarily a “symbolic, political objective” for the Kremlin, which has seen massive losses on the battlefield in the past few months, including November’s retreat from the key city of Kherson, which it had held since the early days of the war.
“The capture of the town would have limited operational value although it would potentially allow Russia to threaten the larger urban areas of Kramatorsk and Sloviansk,” the Defense Ministry said of Bakhut. “However, the campaign has been disproportionately costly relative to these possible gains.” --->READ MORE HERE
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