If Bakhmut hasn’t fallen as of the post. It’s got to be close. Because
the White House is already downplaying it's significance. We’ve all seen this language used before! It’s spin, of course.
Bakhmut falling to the Russians can change the course of the war.
“These heights (in Bakhmut) are more important for the Russians than Bakhmut itself,” said a Ukrainian colleague. “If
they can bring their artillery here, they can target bigger cities like Kramatorsk and Slovyansk. “
Being able to target the larger cities will change the course of the war.
Russia has recently made some progress in the area around Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast, but the potential capture of the Ukrainian city won’t affect the course of the war, White House National Security spokesman John Kirby said in Feb. 14, as reported by UK newspaper The Telegraph.
“It would not have a strategic impact on the overall war,” Kirby said in response to a question about the significance of Ukrainian troops potentially withdrawing from Bakhmut.
At the same time, he noted that Russian troops have made gradual progress in the assault on Bakhmut in the last several days. Kirby added that it was still unclear if the Russians would be able to capture it
UK Defense Intelligence reported that Russian troops advanced in the area around Bakhmut. According to the assessment, Wagner PMC mercenaries advanced 2-3 kilometers to the west, controlling the area near the M-03 highway leading to the city.