Peskov added in the interview that Russia has managed to inflict serious damage on the Ukrainian military machine and it will continue.
He went on to say, “The special military operation is continuing. It’s a very difficult operation, and of course some goals have been achieved in a year.”
He noted that Russia had launched countless missile strikes on what he said were military targets across Ukraine.
Ukraine continues to bombard the eastern parts of the country controlled by Russia, which Peskov sees as showing the need to continue the conflict and drive forces loyal to Kiev into retreat.
Battle of Bakhmut
A senior Ukrainian military official confirmed on Wednesday that forces from Kiev had launched counterattacks in Bakhmut, the epicenter of the fighting in the east of the country, forcing Russian forces to retreat in some places.
The battle of Bakhmut, the destroyed city, of which Russian forces control around 95%, is the longest and bloodiest since the start of the Russian military operation in 2022.
According to the commander of the ground forces of the Ukrainian army, Oleksandr Sersky: “We are launching effective counterattacks. In some areas of the front, the enemy could not resist the attack of the Ukrainian defenders and withdrawn to a distance of two kilometres.”
Sersky confirmed that the “Wagner” fighters there have been replaced in some places by units of the Russian regular army, which are less prepared.
“Our defensive forces reliably hold the front line and prevent the enemy from advancing. The Battle of Bakhmut continues,” the Ukrainian military official explained.
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