Zelensky visiting positions on the frontline near Bakhmut
Tens of thousands of troops have been lost in Bakhmut by Russia and the Wagner group, a military organization, while Vladimir Putin’s forces are still battling to capture the city. According to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), the US head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, Wagner has about 6,000 experienced troops and 20,000 to 30,000 recruits stationed in Bakhmut, many of whom are convicts. This figure is smaller than the one given by national security council spokesman John Kirby in December when he said Wagner had 50,000 people in Ukraine, including 10,000 contractors and 40,000 convict trainees.
According to ISW, the disparity in numbers between Kirby and Milley is most likely due to losses from Wagner’s attritional assault on Bakhmut.
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