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Recent reports indicate a decline in clashes between Ukrainian forces and Wagner fighters in and around Bakhmut. (CNN)
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According to Serhii Cherevatyi, the spokesperson for the eastern grouping of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the number of engagements with Wagner's units in the Bakhmut direction has significantly decreased over the past three days.
Cherevatyi attributed this decline to the exhaustion of Wagner's units after months of fighting, necessitating their regrouping and recovery.
In a notable development, Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Wagner group, announced the withdrawal of his fighters from the city on Thursday. These fighters will be replaced by Russian soldiers.
Cherevatyi revealed that the transition has been occurring gradually over the past few weeks due to the substantial losses suffered by Wagner.
Cherevatyi acknowledged the challenging nature of confronting Wagner fighters, who conduct more offensives and pose a greater difficulty compared to regular Russian soldiers, largely due to the organization's brutal tactics.
While Wagner maintains control over the majority of Bakhmut, Cherevatyi emphasized that Ukraine still retains a portion of the southwestern district of the city, where their units are actively engaged in defense.
Expressing confidence, Cherevatyi concluded that the ultimate outcome of the battle for Bakhmut would be the complete eradication of the Wagner paramilitary company.
He emphasized that by inflicting significant damage and weakening the enemy, the liberation of Ukrainian territory could be achieved with minimal losses for their soldiers.
The situation in Bakhmut remains fluid, with recent developments indicating a decrease in clashes between Ukrainian forces and Wagner fighters.
The withdrawal of Wagner fighters, accompanied by the arrival of Russian soldiers, marks a significant change in the dynamics of the conflict.
Ukrainian forces continue to hold their ground and are actively defending a strategic district within the city.
The spokesperson's optimistic outlook suggests a determined effort to dismantle the Wagner paramilitary group and reclaim Ukrainian land.
As the situation unfolds, further updates regarding the progress in Bakhmut are expected.
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