Russian region explains why it uses Artyomovsk instead of Bakhmut
The Donetsk People’s Republic does not recognize re-namings made by post-Maidan Ukraine, Denis Pushilin has explained
The acting head of Russia’s Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Denis Pushilin, has visited recently-liberated Artyomovsk (known in Ukraine as Bakhmut) to assess the damage inflicted by months-long fighting in the city, posting footage from the scene to his Telegram channel on Tuesday.
There’s still a lot of work to do in the city, which is full of munitions and mines left behind by the Ukrainian troops, Pushilin admitted, as he erected the DPR flag.
The official also explained why it was called Artyomovsk in Russia,…