21 May 2023

Zelenskyy denies Russian claims Bakhmut has fallen in G7 speech

‘Bakhmut is only in our hearts. There is nothing, just ruins and dead Russians’ – the words of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy who insisted at the G7 summit in Japan his forces still control a small part of the besieged town in the east of the country.

This comes after Russia claimed to have fully captured the devastated city.

At the summit, US President Joe Biden claimed Russia had suffered over 100,000 casualties in Bakhmut.

Emily Wither reports.