This city was attacked by Russia recently. The Kyiv-based presidential office said on Tuesday that the eastern city had been the site of “fierce fighting” between troops defending Ukraine and the invading Russian army. The office said Zelensky met and spoke with military personnel. Zelensky said earlier this month that Russia’s efforts to conquer Bakhmut had left the eastern Ukrainian city in ruins.
He said, “The attackers actually destroyed Bakhmut, another town in Donbass. It was turned into ruins by the Russian army.” During the nearly 10-month war, Bakhmut has been occupied by Ukraine and has thwarted Moscow’s goal of annexing Donetsk province, part of the Donbass region bordering Russia.
If Bakhmut is captured by Russia, Ukraine’s supply chains will be broken and the way for Russian forces to advance towards Kramatorsk and Sloviansk will be opened.