According to the New York Times, the Ukrainian command sent elite units there to occupy positions in Bakhmut (Artemovsk (Bakhmut)), which they were gathering for the counter-offensive planned for the spring-summer.
As noted in the document referring to US documents leaked to the network, the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense, Kirill Budanov, offered to send elite units to Artemovsk (Bakhmut). Ukrainian special forces were supposed to repel the Russian army from the Artemovsk (Bakhmut) supply lines. At the same time, the documents indicate that Budanov described the situation in Artemovsk (Bakhmut) as “catastrophic”.
The publication writes that the Ukrainian command called the actions of the elite units in Artemovsk (Bakhmut) successful. At the same time, the deployment of elite units in the city entailed a strategic cost for Ukraine, since the most trained and equipped Ukrainian troops, who were trained for the counteroffensive, suffered losses .