Russia claims control of the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut. Ukraine denies it. The eight-month battle for this hard-fought symbol is the longest and probably the bloodiest of the conflict in Ukraine, and it remains unclear which side has paid a higher price.
But who controls Bakhmut? Russian television has officially stated that the mercenaries of the Wagner group, together with Russian troops, have seized the Ukrainian city, even showing a video with images of Russian soldiers celebrating. However, Ukrainian military officials reject these claims, assuring that their soldiers continue their offensive in Bakhmut.
Ukraine denies that Bakhmut fell
The eight-month battle for this hard-fought symbol is the longest and probably the bloodiest of the conflict in Ukraine, and it remains unclear which side has paid a higher price.
An eight-month battle, long and bloody for both sides
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky walked out of the G7 summit on Sunday after winning unwavering support, and more ammunition and weapons, from seven of the world’s richest democracies. President Zelensky returns to Ukraine after gaining unwavering support from the G7:
“Today, Sunday, here in Hiroshima, Ukraine has been a truly honored participant in the work of the G7. The issue of Ukraine is main, respect for all Ukrainians is special. I am grateful to the G7!” Zelensky declared.
Support pledges key to long-delayed Ukrainian counteroffensive
Pledges of support are obviously key to the long-delayed Ukrainian spring counteroffensive. For the country, a US deal allowing its Western allies to supply Ukraine with advanced fighter jets, including US-made F-16s, is vital. The US has approved other countries to supply Ukraine with its F-16 fighter jets. So far, no country has committed to supplying the planes to Ukraine.