Much of Bakhmut Lying in Ruins as Fighting Continues in Frontline City

The scale of war damage in Bakhmut, in Ukraine’s Donetsk Oblast, was starkly demonstrated in footage posted on January 5, taken from a car driving along streets lined by ruined buildings.

Fighting was continuing in the city, with the State Border Service of Ukraine saying on January 4 that a counterattack had been launched by Ukrainian armed forces. Nine Russian soldiers were killed and approximately 20 wounded, the border service said. Ukrainian forces advanced some 300 meters, according to the service.

The city remains under intense shelling, according to the head of the Donetsk regional military administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko. Kyrylenko said two people were killed and three injured in the city on Wednesday. Kyrylenko also said in a TV appearance that some 60 percent of the city had been destroyed. Credit: Radio Svoboda via Storyful