James Snell

Is this the real reason Russia is trying to seize Bakhmut from Ukraine?

Bakhmut has been the scene of some of the bloodiest fighting in Ukraine (Credit: Getty images)

Bakhmut is not of immense strategic importance. It’s a backwater, empty of almost all civilian life, and largely in ruins. But the city is where Ukraine’s war of self-defence has been at its most intense for months. 

The defenders are suffering, under a hail of artillery fire and under constant threat of attack. But the Russians are losing more. Almost

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