Ukraine vows to defend embattled eastern city of Bakhmut
March 7, 2023 - Ukraine’s top generals have vowed to keep defending Bakhmut, as Russian forces fight to tighten their siege and secure their first major battlefield gain in more than six months.
Russia says capturing Bakhmut would be a step towards its objective of seizing all of the surrounding Donbas region. But Western strategists say it would be more of a pyrrhic victory given the time taken and casualties suffered.
Ukrainian troops have been reinforcing positions west of the city in apparent preparation for a possible withdrawal but appear not to have decided to pull out, according to Reuters.