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May 18, 2023 - Ukraine has reported new territorial gains in heavy fighting near the city of Bakhmut, in what appears to be a shift of momentum after a months-long Russian offensive.
In the past week, Kyiv has said it has stepped up pressure on Moscow’s forces to the north and south of Bakhmut but that Russia has continued to send in more troops including paratroopers.
Moscow sees Bakhmut, a city of about 70,000 before Russia’s full-scale invasion nearly 15 months ago, as a possible stepping stone towards capturing the rest of the eastern Donbas region.
Russia’s Wagner mercenary group, which is spearheading the Russian assault in Bakhmut, says it has moved forward inside the city, and Kyiv has acknowledged those small gains.
But Kyiv has for days been hailing battlefield successes that could eventually trap the Wagner forces inside the city, Reuters said.