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Expert names main task of Russians near Bakhmut

Expert names main task of Russians near Bakhmut Expert names main Russian task near Bakhmut (Getty Images)

Currently, the primary objective of Russian occupiers near Bakhmut is to restrain Ukrainian forces, preventing them from being redeployed to the Avdiivka sector, where invaders have been attempting an offensive since early October, according to military expert Oleksandr Musiienko for RBC-Ukraine.

Military expert Oleksandr Musiienko believes that despite pressure and Russian counterattacks, it's unlikely they will achieve operational success near Bakhmut. According to him, the combat dynamics have been consistent for several months: Ukrainians launch an attack and make advances, then the enemy counterattacks, and the cycle repeats.

In the expert's opinion, the adversary's goal near Bakhmut is to tie down Ukrainian forces, preventing their transfer to the Avdiivka sector.

Frontline situation

As of the morning of November 29, according to the General Staff, Ukrainian forces repelled 16 enemy attacks on the Bakhmut sector and continue their offensive operation in the Melitopol direction. Missile forces struck 9 enemy artillery positions.

According to the Institute for the Study of War, Ukrainian Armed Forces have continued offensive operations towards Melitopol and achieved some success west of Robotyne in the direction of Kopan, Zaporizhzhia region. They also maintained positions and reportedly launched an attack on the eastern (left) bank of the Kherson region.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian Defense Forces persist in storming actions south of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region, inflicting losses on the enemy in personnel and equipment and consolidating positions at the attained front lines.