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Russia-Ukraine War: Russian army claims occupation of Bakhmut city, Ukraine said - our soldiers are still fighting

Pankaj Prasad
Russian army
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The ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine has been going on for more than 15 months.

The ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine has been going on for more than 15 months. When Russia occupied many cities of Ukraine, the Ukrainian army also retaliated strongly. Meanwhile, the Russian army claimed full control of the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut on Saturday. However, Ukraine rejected this claim of the Russian army and said that the fighting is still going on, our soldiers are fighting.

The head of Russia's private army, Wagner, claimed on Saturday that it had taken control of the town of Bakhmut after the longest and toughest battle of the Russia-Ukraine war, a claim denied by Ukrainian defense officials. The war between Russia and Ukraine has been going on for a year in Bakhmut. Both Moscow and Kiev are believed to have suffered heavy losses.

These days President Volodymyr Zelensky is attending the G7 summit in Japan, meanwhile Wagner has announced the occupation of Bakhmut. In a video, Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of Wagner, said the city came under full Russian control at around noon on Saturday. Further said that the fighters raised Russian flags on Bakhmut's land.

Prigozhin said in the video that today, May 20, around noon, Bakhmut was completely captured. He said that Wagner fighters would see the captured city before handing it over to the official Russian army. By May 25, we will thoroughly examine Bakhmut and, after ensuring its defense, hand over the city to the Russian army. At the same time, Prigozhin said that we would go to the field camp ourselves.

Following Russia's claim, Ukraine's Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said fighting was continuing. "The situation is serious, as of now our security forces are in control of some industrial and infrastructure facilities in the area," he said. Serhiy Cherevtyi, a spokesman for Ukraine's Eastern Command, said Prigozhin's claim was not true. Our soldiers are fighting in Bakhmut.