Bakhmut is Functionally Encircled. Russian Forces Have Now Physically Cut all the Highway Links to the City, only a Few Rural Roads Now Remain Unblocked
By Intel Slava Z
Bakhmut is functionally encircled. Russian forces have now physically cut all the highway links to the city, only a few rural roads now remain unblocked. Russia also continues to make advances on the Marinka, Kupyansk, and Lyman axes.
Options for Ukrainian forces in Bakhmut at this point are pretty simple:
1) Attempt a withdrawal across open ground and rural roads to the west.
2) Counterattack to unblock the highways.
3) Sit in the pocket and fight a reenactment of Cannae.