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Ukraine Latest: Zelenskiy Vows to Reinforce Defense of Bakhmut

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As Russia tries to cut off the besieged eastern city of Bakhmut, former US Defense Secretary Mark Esper tells Bloomberg TV that Ukraine needs tanks and fighter planes to launch a counter-offensive.Source: Bloomberg
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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy ordered his military commander to summon more forces to defend against Russia’s attempt to cut off the besieged eastern city of Bakhmut. Kremlin forces are on the offensive along five axes in Ukraine’s east, including near Bakhmut. 

Meanwhile, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made a rare visit to troops in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, according to a video released by his ministry. Shoigu “paid special attention to the creation of necessary conditions for the safe accommodation of personnel in field conditions,” the ministry said.