Bakhmut residents struggle as Russian attacks continue

Russian troops continued to shell Bakhmut in the Donetsk region on Wednesday, trying to push Ukrainian forces out of the town.

Local residents are struggling due to active military operations.

There has been no electricity in Bakhmut for a month, no water and almost all the shops have been closed or destroyed.

On Wednesday, three more bodies of people killed in recent bombings were found.

Local resident Leonid Tarasov decided to leave because the temperature in his apartment was around 6 degrees Celsius (43 degrees Fahrenheit).

Volunteer with the non-governmental organization Vostok-SOS, Roman Zhylenkov, said more people want to leave Bakhmut.

But many requests come from a gray area in the northern and western directions, where volunteers or even forces cannot go due to heavy fighting.

The southern part of Bakhmut is still full of people. They march through the streets as artillery blares nearby.

“It is dangerous to live anywhere now, even in the Chernihiv region,” said Ihor Proshchai.

“And here it is even more dangerous. I am not waiting for Russia, but I want my children to live in a respectable country.”

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Christi C. Elwood