The battle of Bakhmut is Europe’s bloodiest ever seen since World War Two and when Ukrainian soldiers are given their orders they admit they are “just getting killed.”
On 14 February Russia started their new offensive which has seen their troops move by the metre and not the kilometre and thousands of soldiers have met horrific deaths.
Vladimir Putin has called up hundreds of thousands of new reservists fighting side be side with Wagner mercenaries which has seen devastating human wave attacks in Bakhmut.
Ukrainian soldiers have spoken to the Kyiv Independent and giving their accounts of the fierce fighting that they are engaged in.
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A soldier named Volodymyr told the newspaper, “When they drive us to Bakhmut, I already know I’m being sent to death.”
Volodymyr who is from the 93rd Mechanised Brigade said Russian artillery pinned his unit down as they fought to defend Bakhmut from Moscow’s forces.
Volodymyr added, “(The Russians) keep firing at us, but we don’t have artillery, so we have nothing to attack them back with.
“I don’t know if I will return or not. We are just getting killed.”
Another Ukrainian soldier, Valeriy said most of his comrades were killed by projectiles, rather than in gun battles.
He told the Kyiv Independent that “It’s a pity that probably 90% of our losses are from artillery – or tanks and aviation,” if Ukraine had more firepower of their own this would significantly changed the landscape of the battle.
CNN reported that NATO intelligence had estimated around five Russian soldiers are being killed for every Ukrainian loss, however Ukrainian forces are outnumbered by two or three times in Bakhmut.
Experts have revealed that Russia has gained less than 0.04% in their new offensive which started on 14 February, this has cost Moscow thousands of lives.
The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) told Insider their mapping data has revealed that Russian forces have only gained 0.039% more territory between 31 January and 28 February which is the equivalent of 90.3 square miles.
However, tracking group War Mapper claim that Moscow has only expanded territory they control in Ukraine by around 0.01% in February amounting to just 32.8 square miles.
The ISW told Insider that “both numbers are small enough” and small miscalculation may be the reason why the numbers are different, however it shows how limited Russia’s gains have been made in Ukraine.
A senior US diplomat, Victoria Nuland, the under secretary of state for political affairs brutally mocked Vladimir Putin’s forces and their lack of progress and said, “Russia has declared that it is launching a new offensive.
“Well, if this is it, it is very pathetic.”
She added that war in the east is “grinding” in locations such as Bakhmut.