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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
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1. Zelenskyy says Bakhmut is still under Ukrainian control

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy denied assertions on Sunday that Russia had taken control of the city of Bakhmut. Russian forces had previously claimed to have captured the city, which Zelenskyy said at the end of 2022 was totally destroyed. However, when asked during a G7 meeting if Russia had indeed taken over Bakhmut, Zelenskyy replied, "I think no. But you have to understand, there is nothing." Zelenskyy added, though, that there were hundreds of buildings destroyed in the city, saying, "For today, Bakhmut is only in our hearts, and there is nothing on this place." Zelenskyy's spokesperson Sergii Nykyforov also clarified that the Ukrainian president did not believe Bakhmut was under Russian control.

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