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Wagner fighters' control over Azom factory complex in Bakhmut remains contested – British intelligence

KYIV. March 29 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Fighting in the city of Bakhmut, Donetsk region, continues, although Russian attacks are still at a lower level than in recent weeks, according to a defense intelligence report published on Twitter by the Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Tuesday morning.

“One of the key achievements of recent Ukrainian operations has likely been to push Russian Wagner Group fighters back from the 0506 route. This minor country road has become a critical supply line for Ukrainian defenders. Wagner had previously been within a few hundred metres of the route,” the intelligence said in the statement.

The intelligence also said the control of PMC militants over the industrial complex of the Azom factory complex in Bakhmut remains contested.

On March 26, 2023, Russian media claimed Wagner had taken full control of the Azom factory complex to the north of Bakhmut town centre. However, the area likely remains contested, as it has been for the past fortnight. With Wagner having now confirmed the release of at least 5,000 prisoner fighters, personnel shortages are likely hampering Russian offensive efforts in the sector.