Ukrainian armed forces hold the western part of Bakhmut, according to a Saturday intelligence report from the UK Department of Defense
The “Wagner Group” is located in the eastern part of the city. With Ukrainian units firing from fortified buildings, the update said, “the area has become a kill zone, which is likely to create serious difficulties for Wagner fighters trying to continue a frontal offensive in a westerly direction.”
British intelligence said Ukrainian forces and their supply lines remain vulnerable to Russian attempts to outflank Ukrainian positions from the north and south.
Moscow still claims that Bakhmut is another step towards extending Russian control over the entire Donetsk region.
Power supply has largely been restored in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. This was done on March 10, the day after Russia fired dozens of missiles at Ukrainian infrastructure.
The head of the military administration of Kyiv, Sergei Popko, said that electricity and water supply in the capital have been restored, but about 30% of the city’s residents are still without heat. Repair work continues.
On March 10, in Kyiv, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky took part in the funeral of one of the most famous fighters and commanders of Ukraine, who died in the battles near Bakhmut. Dmitry Kotsyubaylo, 27, was killed a few days ago in combat.
According to the Ukrainian authorities, power supply has also been fully restored in Odessa; As of March 10, 60% of residential buildings in Kharkiv, also affected by the shelling, were connected to the power supply. However, the authorities said that the problem with electricity supply persisted in most of the Kharkiv and Zhytomyr regions.
Russian missile attacks on March 9 killed at least six people in Ukraine. It was the largest attack in the last three weeks; Ukrainian air defenses shot down 34 out of 81 missiles fired by Russia, which is less than usual, as well as four Iranian-made drones. The Russian attack included the use of hypersonic Kinzhal cruise missiles, which are almost uninterceptable.
Massed missile strikes have become a common Russian military tactic, but they have become less frequent since the fall. The UK Ministry of Defense has said the interval between such strikes is likely to increase further: Russia needs time “to accumulate a critical mass of newly produced missiles before it is possible to launch a strike powerful enough to overcome Ukrainian air defenses.” .
The Russian Ministry of Defense said the March 9 missile attack was carried out in retaliation for an alleged Ukrainian attack on Russia’s Bryansk region. Ukraine denies any involvement in this attack.