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Ukraine says Russia switched to ‘burnt’ tactics in Bakhmut

KYIV: The commander of Ukraine’s ground forces said on Monday (April 10) that Russian troops have switched to “burning earth” tactics in the besieged eastern city of Bakhmut and are destroying buildings and positions by air raids and artillery.

Russia’s assault on Bakhmut, a small city in the Donetsk region, was at the heart of the biggest battle of Moscow’s all-out invasion launched in February 2022.

“The enemy has turned to the so-called scorching tactics from Syria. It is destroying buildings and positions with air strikes and artillery fire,” said Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskyi, commander of ground forces. of Ukraine said.

He said Ukraine continues to defend the city of Bakhmut.

“The situation is difficult but manageable,” he said in comments quoted by the Ukrainian Media Military Center.

He said Russian forces were deploying special forces and air attack units to support their assault on the city as members of Russia’s Wagner military group had become “exhausted.” “.

Reuters could not verify battlefield accounts.

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