The loss of the northern flank may lead to partial surrounding of Russians: AFU clarified the situation around Bakhmut
Russian troops are desperately clinging to their positions on the northern flank of Bakhmut. They realize that the advance of Ukrainian soldiers in this area will create a partial surrounding for them.
The Ukrainian Defense Forces are now keeping the occupiers in the Bakhmut direction in a semi-surrounding fire state and are doing everything possible to interrupt the enemy's supply. This was stated by Ilia Yevlash, head of the press service of the Eastern Group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, during a TV marathon.
According to him, Russian troops are currently trying to prevent Ukrainian soldiers from developing an offensive on the northern flank of Bakhmut.
"The enemy understands the necessity of the northern flank near Bakhmut, as its loss can lead to a real, not just a fire surrounding. This can then lead to various consequences, of course, it will be harder for the enemy to defend when our forces are on all sides. That is why the Russians are making every effort to hold these positions and prevent us from developing an offensive in this area of the front," Yevlash explained the occupiers' actions.
To achieve their goal, the occupiers north of Bakhmut are resorting to dynamic defense tactics and counteroffensive actions. However, the situation of the invaders is complicated by growing logistical problems. The main logistics route, the Bakhmut-Horlivka highway, is under fire control by Ukrainian troops.
"This makes it difficult for them to use this artery, the enemy is trying to use other logistics routes, in particular, those leading from the temporarily occupied territory," a representative of the Eastern Military Group said.
Cutting off the Bakhmut road alone will not mean radical changes in logistics. However, the war as it is now in Ukraine is extremely dynamic and technologically advanced. Therefore, even one day's delay in the supply of ammunition or weapons can significantly affect the operational situation.
"There are still a few roads left, the enemy continues to supply its weapons, ammunition and people, but we are doing everything possible to gain operational space and continue to develop our offensive in different directions and to deprive them of other logistics routes," Yevlash added.
He said that the invaders made 16 attempts to attack Ukrainian positions in the area of responsibility of the Eastern group of troops the day before. All of them were unsuccessful.
The shelling did not stop either. The invaders fired at the positions of the Ukrainian Defense Forces 587 times, using artillery systems, MLRS, mortars, and ATGMs, and launched one air and one missile strike each.
Meanwhile, the Defense Forces did not sit idly by either. On the previous day, 194 occupants were eliminated in this section of the frontline alone, and the troops destroyed 10 D-20 and 3 D-30 cannons, a tank, 7 vehicles, 3 ammunition depots and 3 FPV drones.
As a reminder, on the morning of September 30, the General Staff traditionally updated the data on destroyed occupants, Russian equipment and weapons. So far, Russia's losses in the war have exceeded 278 thousand people, of whom 470 were killed the day before.
38 artillery systems and 18 vehicles were also destroyed.