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Fierce battle at Bakhmut. Kiev, 'we will not strike Russia'


'Western reluctance on fighter jets will cost more lives'. Head of Wagner, the Ukrainians do not withdraw from Bakhmut. (HANDLE)

Ukraine will not use long-range weapons promised by the US to strike Russian territory, and will only target Russian units in occupied Ukrainian territory.

This was assured by Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov, quoted by the Guardian.

"We always officially tell our partners that we will not use weapons supplied by foreign partners to fire on Russian territory. We only fire on Russian units on temporarily occupied Ukrainian territory," Reznikov said at a press conference.

The US has confirmed that missiles with a range of 150 km are in the new military aid package for Kiev.

Western "unwillingness" to deliver fighter jets to Ukraine "will cost more lives".

This was stated by the Minister of Defense of Ukraine.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Reznikov is likely to be relieved of his ministerial post next week.

This was reported by Ukrainska Pravda citing government and military sources.

Reznikov's likely replacement could be Kyrylo Budanov, head of Ukraine's military intelligence agency.

Reznikov has reportedly denied knowing of an impending move from his role.

In late January, the Ministry of Defense was embroiled in a corruption scandal that led to the sacking of several senior officials.

The founder of the Wagner mercenary company Yevgeny Prigozhin confirmed on Telegram that in the northern districts of Bakhmut (the name in Russian is Artemovsk) fierce battles are going on "on every street".

He brings it back to the Tass.

"I am clarifying the situation. The Ukrainian Armed Forces are not retreating. They are fighting to the last ditch. In the northern neighborhoods of Bakmut there is fierce fighting in every street, every house, every stairwell," he said.

"Of course, it's nice that the media are hoping for the retreat of the Ukrainians, but this is not happening in the northern, southern or eastern neighborhoods," he said.

Instead according to the British 007: "While multiple alternative supply routes remain available for the Ukrainian forces across the country, the city of Bakhmut is increasingly isolated".

The intelligence of the British Ministry of Defense writes it on Twitter, explaining that the two main roads of the city for the Ukrainian defenders - the M03 and the H32 - are now both probably threatened by direct fire, following the Russian advance". , "earlier in the week, the paramilitary forces of the Wagner group most likely seized a subordinate route connecting Bakhmut to the city of Siversk."

Source: ansa

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