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after ten months of fighting, Bakhmout becomes a field of ruins

Five days after claiming responsibility for the capture of Bakhmout, in eastern Ukraine, the paramilitary group Wagner began on Thursday to cede its positions in the devastated city to the Russian regular army.

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After Verdun and Stalingrad, it is now to Hiroshima that the city of Bakhmout, in eastern Ukraine, is compared. “I can honestly say that the photos of destroyed Hiroshima remind me of Bakhmout. There is absolutely nothing alive, all the buildings are destroyed […] absolute and total destruction,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday (May 21) at a press conference on the sidelines of the G7 summit.

Since the spring of 2022, this city of 70,000 inhabitants in the Donbass has been the scene of the most violent clashes of the war in Ukraine. Over the weeks, it has thus become the symbolic cursor of the evolution of the front, the city not to be lost.

Saturday, May 20, his capture was claimed by the leader of the Russian paramilitary group Wagner. On Thursday, it claimed to have started to cede its positions to the Russian regular army. For his part, the Ukrainian president continues to deny the loss of Bakhmout, while his army has claimed to control an “insignificant” pocket and to carry out offensives on the Russian flanks.

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These last events inspired the Belgian cartoonist Kroll. Born in 1958 in the Congo, he is now the official designer of the Belgian daily “Le Soir” and the weekly “Ciné-Télé-Revue”, he also draws live every Wednesday evening on RTBF in the program “In your opinion”, the weekly political debate.

Cartooning for Peace is an international network of cartoonists committed to promoting, through the universality of press cartoons, freedom of expression, human rights and mutual respect between populations of different cultures or beliefs.

With AFP

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