#OTD 5 July, 2014-liberation of Sloviansk, Donetsk Obl. Rebuilding & renovation began slowly; Sloviansk was once again part of free Ukraine. Today, after razing Lysychansk & Sievierodonetsk in Luhansk Obl, Russian forces are again shelling Sloviansk & Bakhmut. #ArmUkraineNow
Another devastating Russian attack on Bakhmut this eve. 3 killed including the man photographed here by @andonilubaki (shared with permission). Unfortunately for Bakhmut this is likely just the start. As Russian forces creep closer it will likely get pounded like Severodonetsk.
Zelensky made a similar visit to nearby Soledar, a town known for its salt mine and now in Russia’s crosshairs as it tries to capture Donetsk region. It’s just west of Lysychansk, just north of Bakhmut. It’s been under heavy attacks; residents forced to evacuate.
Ukrainian military on the front line near the village of New York, in the Bakhmut district of Donetsk Oblast. About 10k people lived there before the Russian invasion. The village is the area of fierce fighting in the Donbas. 📷: Hlib Haranich (Reuters)
Yesterday, Ukraine pushed back Russian troops from the Bakhmut-Lysychansk road, the "lifeline" to Russia's key target Sievierodonetsk. Ex-MP, soldier Ihor Lutsenko tells how the news of Ukraine resisting Russian attacks looks like from inside. 🧵
🔹Heavy fighting continues in Donbas. Some units retreated from Lyman, prepares to once again cross Siverskyi Donets 🔹 tries to keep positions on NE Sievierodonetsk, attempts to assault city center 🔹 shells settlements near Bakhmut, prepares for assault - GenStaff 6PM
Yelena’s apartment in Bakhmut was destroyed by a Russian airstrike. She found her plant in the rubble. In speaking with her, we figured out that we actually lived a few doors away from each other 10 years ago when I was also a resident of the city, when it was called Artemivsk.
Gutted to return to Bakhmut and the first street I lived on in Ukraine 12 years ago to see the home next door destroyed by a Russian airstrike. Several more buildings less than 100 meters away also destroyed by an airstrike. Jets roared overhead all day and shelling was constant.