Why Russia and Ukraine are fighting over Bakhmut
If there is a city that has become the symbol of the bitter war of attrition in Ukraine, it is Bakhmut.
Russia thrashed the city for more than seven months, reducing it to a charred and mutilated ghost town. Moscow sent wave after wave of soldiers and mercenaries from the Wagner Group towards the Ukrainian positions, causing heavy casualties. On several occasions, as Russian forces closed in, the city appeared on the verge of falling. But for months, the Ukrainian fighters held on.
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