Ukraine is attempting to trap Russian troops in the eastern city of Bakhmut as part of their counteroffensive, according to Newsweek. The news comes as the two countries allegedly battle it out in a war that has now raged on for over a year.
Hanna Maliar, a senior official in Russia’s defense ministry, confirmed that the battle between the two sides continues in Bakhmut, a city that has taken center stage since the onslaught began. She continued to say that Russian troops are forcing Ukraine troops to abandon their positions. But another contradictory statement she made is that Ukraine troops are “firmly” holding onto their positions.
But, as expected in the information war, Ukraine has a completely different story. General Oleksandr Syrskyi, commander of the Ukrainian ground forces, reportedly said that the counteroffensive is progressing. The remark comes as there is alleged disappointment in the slowness of the operation.
Brigadier General Oleksii Hromov also reportedly said that Ukrainian troops have freed more than nine settlements and gained more than 60 miles of territory since the offensive began in June.
The U.S. is also cheering on Ukraine, with one former commander saying that it is “nonsense” to call Ukraine’s operation a failure so early on.
The Ukraine war is proving costly for American taxpayers as the United States, along with its European allies, provides funds and military weapons to Ukraine. Amid constant developments and alleged propaganda being pushed from both sides, Ukraine is now claiming that Russia is preparing to destroy the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (ZNPP), which Russia claims is part of a false-flag operation by Ukraine to lure the U.S. into war.
A State Department spokesperson reportedly issued a warning to Russia, saying that international action will be taken if the plant is destroyed. It is currently unclear why Russia would want to blow up a nuclear plant that is currently under its control.