Russian forces have reduced the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut to ruins, the country’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
Zelenskyy said the situation “remains very difficult” in several frontline cities in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk provinces.
“Bakhmut, Soledar, Maryinka, Kreminna. For a long time, there was no living place left in these areas that was not damaged by shells and fires,” Zelenskyy said.
“The occupiers effectively destroyed Bakhmut, another city in Donbas, which the Russian army turned into burnt ruins.”
Fighting flared up around Bakhmut after Ukrainian forces recaptured the city of Kherson nearly a month ago.
Bakhmut’s capture would cut Ukraine’s supply lines and could open a new route for Russian forces to continue on to Kramatorsk and Sloviansk, key Ukrainian strongholds.
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