Liberation of Artemovsk a ‘Military Victory That Shows Russia is Winning’

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By liberating Artemovsk (Bakhmut) from Ukrainian forces, Russia gained momentum, but only future developments will show how control over this city “fits into the overall pace of conflict,” military analyst Scott Ritter said.

Taking control over Artemovsk (Bakhmut) was a military victory that shows Russia is winning, Scott Ritter told Sputnik.
Some have likened the grueling hostilities over Artemovsk to WWII’s Stalingrad battle in terms of its importance, the former US Marine Corps intelligence officer added, emphasizing that the big question is what comes next.
Future developments will demonstrate how successfully Russia be able to exploit this victory, and continue to inflict heavy casualties on the forces of the Kiev regime. It also remains to be seen whether Ukrainian forces will manage to launch the much-touted “counterattack.

“It doesn’t seem that Ukraine will be able to achieve major battlefield success, even though some 60 thousand trained and equipped with NATO weaponry reserves have been accumulated. Many of these reserves were used in the battle for [Artemovsk], others have been neutralized during an attempt to gather near the front. Russia has developed tactical operational and strategic advantages over Kiev that make it almost impossible for Ukraine’s forces to be able to amass military power of sufficient quantity to carry out a sustained offensive operation,” Scott Ritter said.

Artemovsk was a ‘military victory’, he underscored, stressing that it is up to Russia to define what a political victory will be.

Indeed, Artemovsk, north of the large city of Gorlovka, is an important transport hub with many crossroads for Donbass. It served as a vital center for supplying Ukrainian troops stationed in the region at the beginning of the military operation launched by Russia in Ukraine over a year ago. The battle for control over it became dubbed a “meat grinder,” as the Kiev regime continued to throw its men and equipment into the fray in its desperate attempts to hold the city. However, such efforts were rendered futile by the courage and determination of the advancing Russian troops. On May 20, the Wagner Group private military company (PMC), together with the Russian Armed Forces, liberated Artemovsk.

“The fight for [Artemovsk] has been very costly for Kiev, which sacrificed hundreds, if not thousands of men and tons of military equipment there, and only history will tell, ultimately, where control over this city “fits into the overall pace of conflict,” Scott Ritter said.

One thing is clear, “it is a Russian victory, and the momentum is with Russia,” the analyst conluded.





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