The liberation of the city of Artemovsk is completed.
On Saturday afternoon, news tapes appeared on the news about the final liberation of Artemovsk (Bakhmut).
But soon there were confirmations from both the Russian Supreme Commander-in-Chief and the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.
At one in the morning on May 21, the following message appeared on the Kremlin website:
– The head of state congratulated the Wagner assault detachments, as well as all the servicemen of the units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, who provided them with the necessary support and flank cover, on the completion of the operation to free Artyomovsk.
All honorees will be presented for state awards.
In the Russian defense department in recent weeks, in the daily summary of the main events of the NVO zone, a couple of paragraphs were necessarily devoted to the actions in and around Artemovsk of assault units, airborne forces, motorized rifles, as well as their interaction.
“As a result of the offensive actions of the Wagner assault detachments, with the support of artillery and aviation of the Southern Group of Forces, the liberation of the city of Artemovsk in the Artemovsk tactical direction was completed,” the official statement of the Ministry. de Defensa, which summed up the months-long battle for the city.
The head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, saw good symbolism in the fact that it was May 20 that Artemivsk came under Russian control.
“A year ago, on the same day, the last militants of the National Azov Battalion (banned in Russia — ed.) surrendered in Mariupol — May 20 has already twice become a special date for us,” Pushilin wrote in his Telegram channel.
The sixth president of Ukraine, who was very busy in Japan, was the last to react.
On the sidelines of the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Hiroshima, in which the US dropped an atomic bomb 78 years ago, during Zelensky’s appearance with Biden to journalists, a question was addressed to the Ukrainian leader : “Is Bakhmut still under the control of Ukraine? In Russia, they say that they took Bakhmut.
The head of the Plaza responded: “I think not. But we must understand that there is nothing left. Today Bakhmut is alone in our hearts. There’s nothing in this place.”
In general, everything is like with Mariupol: “organized withdrawal” and “regroupment”.