Ukraine: Wagner chief says Russian fighters near central Bakhmut ‘killing zone’; civilians shelled in Kherson, Donetsk
Residents of Kherson, Donetsk and other parts of Ukraine have been living in fear as the Wagner chief has revealed that Russian fighters are in close proximity to the central Bakhmut region, near the borders of Russia and Ukraine.
The news comes as reports of civilians being shelled in Kherson and Donetsk continue to emerge.
Yuriy Kasyanov, the chief of the Wagner private military company, told reporters on Thursday that Russian fighters are concentrated in the area near the city of Bakhmut in the central region of Ukraine. According to Kasyanov, the fighters have been engaging in a “killing zone” and have been shelling civilians.
Kasyanov said that the Russian fighters have been using weapons such as mortars, tanks, and multiple rocket launchers. He added that the civilians of Kherson and Donetsk have been living in fear of being targeted by the Russian forces.
The Wagner chief’s revelation has sparked fears of a full-scale invasion in the region. The Ukrainian military has been on high alert and has been reinforcing its positions near the Russian border.
The conflict between Ukraine and Russia has been ongoing since 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea. Since then, Russia has been accused of supporting separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine and of violating Ukraine’s sovereignty.
Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has called on the international community to take action and to prevent further violations of Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
The news of Russian fighters near central Bakhmut and the shelling of civilians in Kherson and Donetsk is a stark reminder of the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia. It is essential that the international community takes action to ensure the protection of Ukraine’s sovereignty and the safety of its citizens.