Russian forces have made small advances over the last week in their efforts to encircle Bakhmut, Donetsk region, but Ukrainian forces retain control of most of the logistics routes for the city’s defenders.
The UK Ministry of Defense said this in its latest intelligence update published on Twitter, Ukrinform reports.
British intelligence suggests that the M03 and the H32 – the two main roads into the city for Ukrainian defenders – are likely now both threatened by direct fire, following the Russian advances.
In addition, earlier in the week, Wagner paramilitary forces highly likely seized a subordinate route which links Bakhmut to the town of Siversk.
“While multiple alternative cross-country supply routes remain available to Ukrainian forces, Bakhmut is increasingly isolated,” the report said.
Disgraceful that the defenders have not been given air support. Or even long range fires.
Also, note that most of the fighters in Bakhmut are still having to rely on old Soviet artillery. Piss poor!
AFU is using all it has to great effect. I would like to take this moment, to salute the mechanics and engineers who still keep that old kit killing rashists. But I hear ya Sir Scradge pisses me off too that so much more could have been surged in sooner. West has lost much precious time and needs to accelerate and quadruple efforts. Now is the time for like minded countries to intervene in the west, allowing the AFU to concentrate on the east and the south. NFZ from Sumy to Odesa backed by international air and ground forces. SEND JETS AND CHOPPERS! Magnify the drone swarm capabilities in numbers and payload. Arm Ukraine with as many long range missiles as we can obtain for them. God help us and look with favor upon Ukraine and her allies as they further confront and destroy this evil horde bent on genocide.
Source The Guardian:
An American medic has been killed while working on the frontlines in Ukraine, just weeks after arriving in the country. Pete Reed, 34, was killed on Thursday while he was helping evacuate civilians when his vehicle was reportedly hit by a missile in Bakhmut. Eternal Memory!!! Heroyam Slava!!!
More on Pete Reed from the NYT.
An American volunteer aid worker was killed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, according to the humanitarian organization he founded.
Pete Reed, a former Marine-turned-paramedic and aid worker, was killed in Bakhmut, according to the organization, Global Response Medicine. It said in a statement that Mr. Reed had stepped away from the group in January to work with another organization, Global Outreach Doctors, on their Ukraine mission, and was killed on Thursday “while rendering aid.”
“Pete was just 33 years old, but lived a life in service of others,” the statement said.
Mr. Reed’s death is a grim reminder of the enduring cost of a war that has claimed tens of thousands of soldiers’ lives and a smaller number of those from outside Ukraine who flocked to assist the country after Russia invaded.
Central to the battle for Bakhmut are hundreds of volunteers like Mr. Reed, who take risks daily to deliver aid and help evacuate those civilians still within the city. Bakhmut has been under heavy shelling for months, and only a fraction of its prewar population of 70,000 remains. In recent days, Russian forces have come close to cutting off key supply routes leading into the city.
Before helping in Ukraine as the country director for Global Outreach Doctors, Mr. Reed worked in Poland, Yemen, Iraq and Syria with Global Response Medicine, according to his biography on the organization’s website. He helped found Global Response Medicine, which provides emergency and trauma care in low-resource and high-risk areas, after volunteering in Iraq during the Islamic State’s bloody campaign across the country. He considered starting the organization to be the “proudest achievement of his life,” the website said.
This is very sad. The cockroaches are killing many fine people in their evil and illegal war! I wish that mafia land would just burn to a crisp … all of it!