U.S. Institute: Ukrainian defense of Bakhmut degraded Russian forces

U.S. Institute: Ukrainian defense of Bakhmut degraded Russian forces
# 15 February 2023 10:13 (UTC +04:00)

Ukrainian defense of Bakhmut will likely set favorable conditions for a future Ukrainian counteroffensive, analysts of the U.S Institute for the Study of War (ISW) say, APA reports.

"Western reporting indicates that there continue to be Western concerns about Ukraine’s determination to hold Bakhmut. It was also reported that U.S defense planners assess that Ukrainian forces are unable to simultaneously defend Bakhmut and launch a spring counteroffensive and have urged Ukraine to prioritize the spring counteroffensive over defending Bakhmut. Ukrainian defense of Bakhmut has degraded significant Russian forces and will likely set favorable conditions for a future Ukrainian counteroffensive. Therefore, Ukraine’s defense of Bakhmut and undertaking an effort to set conditions for a counteroffensive are likely complementary," analysts of ISW say.

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