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UK intel: Seizing Chasiv Yar Russia’s objective at Bakhmut axis, but no full-scale assault imminent

Russian forces continue attacking near Bakhmut, occupied parts of Ivanivske. Objective is Chasiv Yar but unlikely to attempt full-scale assault currently despite gradual gains, per UK intelligence.
Occupied Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast, in fall 2023, which almost completely destroyed by the Russian forces prior to its occupation in May 2023. Photo: 93rd Mechanized Brigade via Facebook
UK intel: Seizing Chasiv Yar Russia’s objective at Bakhmut axis, but no full-scale assault imminent

Russia continues offensives around Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast, capturing parts of Ivanivske, attacking towards Chasiv Yar as immediate aim despite unlikely full-scale assault currently, the British Defense Ministry said in its March 7 intelligence update on Ukraine.

During the battles for Bakhmut from autumn 2022 to May 2023, Russian forces destroyed nearly the entire city, with 71% of the built-up areas demolished, including almost all kindergartens, schools, stadiums, and youth centers, as revealed by satellite imagery.

Situation in the area of Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast, as of 7 March 2024. Map: Deppstatemap

The Ministry tweeted:

  • Russian forces have continued attacks intended to expand control around the town of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine, which Russia seized in May 2023. Its forces have advanced to occupy eastern parts of the village of Ivanivske and are attacking Ukrainian positions in Bohdanivka.
  • On this axis, Russia’s immediate operational objective is almost certainly to seize Chasiv Yar, located approximately 5km from the front line. Despite some gradual tactical gains, it is highly unlikely that Russian forces are currently able to attempt a full-scale assault on the town.
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