Bakhmut, Ukraine – As fighting continues to rage between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in the eastern town of Bakhmut, civilians are fleeing for their lives. The situation has become so tense that Ukrainian troops are preparing to make a pullout from the embattled town.
Deputy Mayor Serhiy Chobotaryov has confirmed that while the fighting has intensified in the streets, Russia is not in control of the situation. “We are doing everything we can to defend Bakhmut,” he said, “but the situation is extremely difficult.”
According to reports, Russian troops are attempting to surround the town, making it increasingly difficult for Ukrainian forces to maintain control. Kyiv’s forces are reportedly “repelling attacks” as they brace for the possibility of a full-scale assault.
As the violence has escalated, residents of Bakhmut have been forced to flee their homes in search of safety. Photos have emerged showing Ukrainian soldiers defending the town, while civilians carry their belongings and seek refuge elsewhere.
The situation in Bakhmut has drawn international attention, with many calling for an end to the violence and a peaceful resolution to the conflict. The United Nations has expressed concern for the safety of civilians caught in the crossfire.
As tensions continue to mount, it remains to be seen what the future holds for Bakhmut and the people who call it home.