Zelensky visits the front line

Zelensky visits the front line
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Islam News – President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine visited Bakhmut, a city in the eastern Donbas region that has come under vicious attack by Russia for months. It was perhaps his most dangerous trip to the front line since the war began.

“The east is holding out because Bakhmut is fighting,” Zelensky told troops there yesterday. “This is the fortress of our morale. In fierce battles and at the cost of many lives, freedom is being defended here for all of us.”

Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, also signaled that he would not stop his military campaign, now in its 10th month, as he presided over an awards ceremony in the Kremlin to honor Russian occupation figures and propaganda leaders. He said these were “difficult, unusual times,” and praised Russian soldiers as “heroes.”

Context: Russia’s assaults on Bakhmut have been relentless. The besieged city is central to the fight to control all of the Donbas. Zelensky’s visit came as Ukrainian troops said they had pushed the Russians out of some positions on the edge of the city, although the situation there is far from stable.

A new offensive? Ukraine’s military leaders have warned recently that Russia is preparing to escalate the war over the coming months. But a senior U.S. official said that Russian leaders were torn over whether to undertake a new offensive this winter, and that it was unclear where “their actual actions will go.”

Source: The New York Times

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