- Dec 27, 2014
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In a sense, I think @Dotini is right that this could be a turning point against Russia. If they are routed from Bakhmut in the ways that they were routed in Kherson and Kupiansk/Izyum, it will signal the end of all Russian offensive operations. At that point, the only question will be how much of Ukraine's territory Russia will lose before making some kind of peace. I hope that the answer to that is all of it.The NYT article I read said it has been going on since mid summer and that it isn't likely to change much in the immediate future. What makes you think this city, which is mostly destroyed now, is so important that it could decide anything of importance?
If Ukraine losing Bakhmut, the strategic situation for them changes not at all.
Also, there's a river going through the middle of Bakhmut, and the Wagner mercenary/prison cannon fodder forces on the Russian side have never shown an ability to force a river crossing.
Meanwhile, General Winter is arriving on the battlefield and the Russians are still "missing" 1.5 million winter uniforms. And they're not providing [some or all of] the newly-mobilized troops with sleeping bags or tents. That's not going to be pleasant when it gets intot he teens at night.