In the narrative frenzy surrounding the Russia-Ukraine War, the Battle for Bakhmut has remained a consistent narrative since fighting for the city began in August 2022.
Bakhmut is a critical city for Ukrainian supply lines to the Donbas. Over the past week, Russia has made consistent tactical advances surrounding the city. Capturing Bakhmut would be a pyrrhic victory for Russia that would be more of a morale booster than a tactical gain.
As Russian forces encircle the city, different narratives surround the battle and the next steps for the Ukrainian military. See this Kudzu narrative intelligence brief on the Battle for Bakhmut to understand the different narratives surrounding the battles over the last 30 days.