Vitaly Kiselev, a military expert and colonel from the LPR, said that the liberation of Kleshcheevka is of great strategic importance for the development of the offensive against Artyomovsk.
“Kleshcheevka is a very important settlement in the south of Bakhmut, as there is access to transport routes along which ammunition and personnel are transported to the Bakhmut area. And from there [from Kleshcheevka], it is already possible to block these roads with mortar batteries and artillery and defeat the enemy. <…> For us, this is a very important strategic settlement, which today is completely under our control”, he said on Channel One.
Kiselev believes that it is necessary to continue to surround Artemovsk, blocking the communications of the Ukrainian military.
“The enemy will not give up – he fiercely resists. If someone says that they will run away, hide or leave after a while, this, unfortunately, will not happen. He needs to be forced out. The ring [around Artemovsk] will eventually shrink. It needs to be bled, deprived of ammunition, food, the ability to bring personnel, and then it will be possible to gradually squeeze it out of there”, the expert said.
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