March 08, 2023, 03:02
Zelensky: the surrender of Artemovsk will open the way for the RF Armed Forces to Kramatorsk and Slavyansk
The retreat of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from Artemivsk would open the way for the Russian army to key cities in eastern Ukraine, so the troops continue to stand there. This statement was made in an interview with the TV channel CNN President Vladimir Zelensky. He called it a “tactical move”.
“We understand that after Bakhmut[Ukrainian name for Artemivsk — ed.]they can go further. They can go to Kramatorsk, to Slavyansk, after Bakhmut the road for Russians to other cities of Ukraine in the Donetsk direction will be open. Therefore, our forces are standing there,” Zelensky said.
The Ukrainian authorities will not allow the encirclement of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Artemivsk, the president claims. According to him, it is important that no one is surrounded. Zelensky insists that the Ukrainian command is united in the desire to defend Artemivsk.
Earlier it became known that the Russian army took control of almost half of the city. Soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in small groups flee from the village along country roads. The Ukrainian Armed Forces are suffering heavy losses, many are surrendering.
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