A view from the Ukrainian town bearing the brunt of Russia’s assault


Molchanova’s assistant is Viktor Nedobratenko, who appears nicely into his 70s however is simply 45. He chops wooden for the hearth. The shelter is nearly too heat, and jackets come off. However it isn’t smoky. They know the best way to work wooden stoves right here and that, like the fishing and chopping and numerous expertise discovered from powerful lives, has allowed them to carry out for this lengthy.  

However resilience has its limits — and Russian troops and mercenaries are advancing, holding land in the south and north of the metropolis. 

The bulldozer technique Russia is utilizing to seize and destroy Bakhmut seems to be working.  The Kremlin is throwing hundreds of fighters at the metropolis, advancing slowly behind the crashing artillery. British intelligence estimates Russia is dropping fighters at the next fee now than at any level in the conflict — round 800 casualties per day. Whereas neither aspect releases dependable loss of life tolls, indications are that Ukraine has suffered heavy losses, too. 

It’s unclear how for much longer Ukrainians troops can maintain the metropolis they’ve been defending for six months beneath heavy hearth. Army officers inform me Russia is prepared to take heavier losses than Ukraine, particularly since the Russian Wagner Group has been sending in human waves of conscripts. Hypothesis is rife the Ukrainian authorities might retreat from Bakhmut to avoid wasting civilian lives and protect troops for different battles.

After a yr of battlefield trial and error, Russia appears to have landed on this bulldozer method, and is testing it in Bakhmut.  

Final February, President Vladimir Putin tried to beat all of Ukraine with lightning strikes from land, sea and air. Fighter jets streaked throughout the nation to assault Kyiv. Helicopter gunships dropped commandos close to the capital. Columns of tanks rolled into Ukraine from the north, east and south.  

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