KIEV.— The pro-Russian authorities of the Donetsk People’s Republic reported that yesterday the process of demining the city of Bakhmut began.
This after announcing over the weekend that the town was completely taken over by Russian forces and is under their control.
Preliminary demining of the city has been launched,” said Denis Pushilin, governor of the region.
In this sense, the president reiterated that “it is important to carry out a complete and exhaustive demining” of the area.
This is difficult work with risks, given the escalation of hostilities that have taken place in the immediate vicinity,” he said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated the Army and the mercenaries for taking over the town and has indicated that all those involved will receive recognition.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denied that his forces lost Bakhmut, saying his army still controls a small strip and is continuing to press Russian troops north and south of the city.
For his part, the governor of Belgorod, Viacheslav Gladkov, yesterday accused the Ukrainian Armed Forces of having launched several attacks on this border region over the weekend that left at least eight injured.
The incursion was claimed in a Telegram chain by an account that claims to belong to the “Freedom for Russia Legion”, a group of Russians fighting on the side of Ukraine, and which has already claimed previous operations in the same region.
The time has come to put an end to the Kremlin dictatorship,” a man who introduced himself as Ceasespokesperson for the group.
This man has been defined by the media as a former right-wing neo-Nazi, who in 2014 went over to the side of Ukraine, during the dispute over the Crimean peninsula.
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