Russia says Ukraine made ‘mass attempts’ to break through Bakhmut defenses
Russia’s Defense Ministry said Sunday that Ukrainian forces made “mass attempts” to break through its defenses in the eastern city of Bakhmut over the past 24 hours, as pressure on its troops continued to mount.
It said in a briefing that Ukraine had waged attacks in the north and south of the city, but that they had not broken through Russian defenses.
“All attacks by units of Ukraine’s armed forces have been repelled,” it said.
Reuters was not able to independently verify Russia’s account.
Neither side has been able to take full control of Bakhmut, despite months of grinding warfare that has inflicted heavy losses on both sides.
Moscow acknowledged on Friday, May 12, that its forces had fallen back north of the city amid a surge of Ukrainian attacks, but Kyiv has played down suggestions a huge, long-planned counteroffensive has officially begun.