Zelensky: Russia has not captured Bakhmut
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky says Russian forces have not captured the city of Bakhmut, in the Donetsk region, where a fierce battle has raged for months. Zelensky spoke at a press conference in Hiroshima, in Japan, where he is attending the G7 summit.
According to Ukrainskaya Pravda, Zelensky’s remarks at the press conference clarified earlier comments he had made during a side meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden. Press took Zelensky’s comments to Biden as confirmation that Bakhmut had fallen.
Wagner Group founder Evgeny Prigozhin responded to Zelensky’s remarks at the G7 summit. He continues to insist that his fighters have fully captured Bakhmut. Prigozhin says there are no living fighters from Ukraine’s Armed Forces in the city, since Wagner Group has stopped taking prisoners. “There is a huge quantity of Ukrainian military corpses,” Prigozhin says.
At the G7 summit, President Biden equivocated about whether Bakhmut has been captured, but he said that Russia has sustained around 100,000 losses in the battle for the city.