Prigozhin makes the official announcement that Bakhmut has fallen.
From Boris Rozhin:
Liberation of Artemovsk.
1. Zelensky's regime called Bakhmut - "Fortress Bakhmut". Today, this "fortress has fallen" despite all the efforts of more than 80 thousand groups that operated in this direction, not counting the transferred reserves from the Kharkov, Svatovsky, Krasnolimansky, Zaporozhye directions. The enemy fiercely resisted until the very end despite heavy losses, but could not hold the city.
3. Despite all the difficulties, problems, losses - the Artemov offensive operation ended in our victory. The enemy lost one of the key cities in the Donbass, suffered monstrous losses in manpower and equipment, was forced to adjust plans for other operations, and at the same time received a powerful image blow.
4. Of course, the PMC "Wagner" played a decisive role in the liberation of Artemovsk, whose attack aircraft in the most difficult conditions broke through the enemy's echeloned defenses and crushed the enemy from the city until today. Now Wagner has 3 significant victories - Popasnaya, Soledar and Artemovsk, not counting Svetlodarsk, Uglegorsk TPP, etc. The case when powerful PR is supported by powerful deeds for which you are not ashamed.
As everyone understands, now Wagner PMC is No. 1 on the market of private military companies not only in our country, but also in the world. The state has a very serious tool, and it would be very desirable that frictions in the apparatus or personal ambitions not prevent its further use in the interests of achieving victory in the war. "Wagner" from May 25 go on vacation from Artemovsk - they fully deserve it.
5. According to the laws of the DPR, Bakhmut has gone down in history - since May 20, 2023, the city is already, in fact and legally, Artemovsk. After the war, the residents will have the opportunity to return to the discussion of the name of the city, but for now we are celebrating the liberation of Artemovsk. No matter how trite it may sound, but the liberation of Artemovsk is the fulfillment of one of the constituent tasks of the 2nd stage of the NWO associated with the liberation of the LPR and DPR. The task is still far from being solved - there are heavy battles ahead with the NATO mercenary army, which will not give up other occupied Russian cities so easily.
6. For Russia, the Battle of Artemovsk has become one of the most bloody and longest since the Great Patriotic War. The more valuable the victory achieved.
Happy Artemovsk Liberation Day everyone.