"Thanks to the well-thought-out defense in Bakhmut direction, we are getting the results of the efficient actions of our units. Among other things, we carry out effective counterattacks. In some areas of the front, the enemy could not withstand the onslaught of the Ukrainian defenders and retreated to a distance of up to two kilometers," Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi, the commander of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, posted on Telegram.
According to him, it was the competent conduct of the defensive operation that exhausted the trained forces of PMC Wagner and made them be replaced in certain directions by poorer trained units of the Russian regular troops which were defeated and retreated.
"Despite the significant concentration of troops and the loud statements by Russian war criminals about their intention to capture Bakhmut by May 9, the enemy has been still unable to capture the Ukrainian city. Our defense forces reliably hold the front and prevent the enemy from advancing. The battle for Bakhmut continues," said the commander of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Syrskyi praised "the work of the 3rd Separate Assault Brigade which dealt a powerful blow to the enemy in battle and showed the strength of the Ukrainian army."
As reported, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Russian troops launched more than 30 attacks in Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiyivka, and Maryinka directions during the day.
Photo: Oleksandr Syrskyi / Telegram