Clashes Devastating Ukrainian City And Its People (Worthy News Radio)
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
BAKHMUT/BUDAPEST (Worthy News) – Heavy fighting between invading Russian forces and Ukrainian troops around Ukraine’s devastated eastern city of Bakhmut increasingly resembles the horrors of World War One. The trench-for-tranch battle is taking its toll on the local population.
“Get in the shelter, get in the shelter.” One or two incoming shells hit a neighboring house.
“Help carry him out,” a woman says. “Who needs help, and where?” a worried soldier asks. “I have lost a hand and a foot,” an injured man says, awaiting help in the living room.
His mother is desperate. “My God, my son! I can’t find anything!
No documents, nothing!” the woman cries. The burdens of life are written on her face. “Quite, quite, everything will be fine,” another woman says.
The wounded man is in shock. But soldiers provide first aid. He has lost one hand and has a badly injured leg. He explains how he ran to see the neighbor in his garage after an explosion. But then there was another blast, and he got hurt. Soldiers help him to reach a hospital, a complicated undertaking in this region.
But it’s daily life in battle-scarred Bakhmut, a city once famed for its sparkling wines.
Now Moscow’s soldiers are trying to capture this eastern city ahead of the first anniversary of the Russian invasion and the expected arrival of more western weapons for Ukrainian troops.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has called Bakhmut “our fortress.” Russian forces spent the past six months trying to take control of the city.
But patience is running out. Now Moscow seeks an intensified onslaught, leading to even more suffering of civilians and soldiers.
Bakhmut’s strategic value to Russia is disputed. But analysts say that Moscow sees its capture as a way of cutting Ukrainian supply lines in the east.
It is also a gateway toward the nearby larger cities of Kramatorsk and Sloviansk.
Russia’s defense ministry said its forces also carried out a “massive strike” on critically essential energy facilities of Ukraine’s military-industrial complex.
Yet winning the war seems more challenging than Russia expected. Even Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of Russia’s feared Wagner mercenary group, now says it could take two years for Russia to control eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions fully.
Moscow once stated that capturing and keeping those two regions was a critical goal of this devastating war, which has already killed thousands and displaced millions.
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