As Russian forces bear down on Bakhmut, Ukraine admits situation there is ‘more and more difficult’

Officials in Kyiv conceded that the situation is rapidly deteriorating around Bakhmut, a besieged mining city in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine that Russian forces have been hellbent on capturing for months.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Monday night that the situation in the Bakhmut area “is getting more and more difficult.”

“The enemy is constantly destroying everything that can be used to protect our positions, to gain a foothold and ensure defense,” he added.

Zelenskyy said those defending Bakhmut — a city that Ukraine has repeatedly described as a “our fortress” due to it being heavily fortified — and the surrounding area were “real heroes” and that Kyiv was trying to ensure its forces have as many weapons as possible there.