The commander of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General Oleksandr Syrsky, yesterday said that, in the battles for Bakhmut in the Donetsk region, the Russians have switched to "Syrian-style" scorched earth tactics.

 On Sunday, April 9, Syrsky visited the most active areas of the front in the Bakhmut direction. He met with commanders of military units regarding the status of defensive operations and problematic issues that require immediate resolution.

 The general also met with the personnel of the brigades of the Ground Forces, the Airborne Assault Forces, and the Territorial Defense Forces in the Bakmut zone.

 "Our courageous soldiers exhausted the Wagnerites by their actions, so the enemy is now forced to involve special forces and airborne assault units in the battles for Bakhmut. The battles are tough on both sides," the commander said.

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 "The main forces of the Russian Federation here are representatives of the private military company 'Wagner.' Without sparing anything, they are losing significant strength and perishing. Very soon we will take advantage of this opportunity, as we once did near Kiev, Kharkiv, Balaklia, and Kupyansk," Syrsky said.

 Having switched to the so-called "Syrian" tactic of scorched earth, the Russian troops are mainly seeking to destroy buildings and positions with airstrikes and artillery fire, the general explained. However, he maintained that the Ukrainian defense of Bakhmut continues.

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Kyiv’s Commander-in-Chief said Russia is now working hard to erode Ukraine’s forces the best it can before F-16s arrive and strengthen Ukrainian skies.

 "The situation is difficult, but under control," Syrsky said.

 Units of the 93rd, 10th, 57th, and 5th brigades are currently active in the defense in the east of Ukraine, Syrsky said.

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