The Ukrainian president denied the Russian reports, saying that the paramilitary group Wagner had taken Bakhmout. If the troops from Moscow are in the city of Donbass, it “is not occupied”, assured Volodymyr Zelensky.
” Although we now control only an insignificant part of Bakhmout, the importance of its defense remains relevant,” said the commander of the Ukrainian ground forces, Sunday, May 21, on Telegram. Speaking after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denied the total takeover of the devastated city in eastern Ukraine, claimed the day before by Wagner and Russian authorities, Oleksandre Syrsky added that the Ukrainian army continues ” to advance on the flanks in the suburbs of Bakhmout”.
“There is ‘nothing left’ in Bakhmout”
On Sunday, Volodymyr Zelensky said on the sidelines of the G7 summit that there were only ” Nothing ” in the city, and“today, Bakhmout is only in our hearts”. “Is Bakhmout still in the hands of Ukraine? The Russians say they took Bakhmout,” reporters asked him.
The Head of State replied: ” I do not think so “, without really knowing whether he was answering the first or the second part of the question. The Ukrainian President then “denied the capture of Bakhmout”according to details provided by his spokesperson, Serguiï Nykyforov.
Moscow claims full capture of Bakhmout
Moscow claimed on Saturday evening the total capture of this city. “As a result of the offensive actions of the assault units of Wagner, with the support of the artillery and aviation of the ‘South’ unit, the liberation of the city of Artemovsk (the Soviet name of Bakhmout) is total”said the Russian Ministry of Defense.