Pentagon chief downplays importance of besieged Donbass city

known by Ukraine

The fall of Artyomovsk –called Bakhmut by Ukraine– won’t mean Russia has changed the tide of battle, Lloyd Austin believes.

The city of Artyomovsk, or Bakhmut as it is known by Ukraine, is of more symbolic than operational importance, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin claimed on Monday, according to Reuters.

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