Kyiv will continue the defenсe of Bakhmut (Russian name of the city is Artemovsk). The decision was made during a meeting of the Headquarters of the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Office of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
According to the publication, Zelensky asked the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny and the commander of Khortytsya operational-strategic group of troops Alexander Syrsky whether it was worth continuing the defence of Bakhmut.
It was said that both Zaluzhny and Syrsky said that Ukraine should continue the defensive operation and planned to strengthen the position of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the city.
It was earlier reported, though, that Zaluzhny, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, proposed to begin the withdrawal of troops from the city.
NATO has no plans to deploy troops on the Ukrainian territory, Jens Stoltenberg said. French President Emmanuel Macron earlier did not rule out a possibility to send Western military forces there