Ukrainian military have warned that the Russians can ‘taste victory’ in a Bakhmut as many of Kyiv’s men are ‘just getting killed’.
Both sides have been fighting for control of Bakhmut – a city in eastern Ukraine in the Donetsk region – for months.
Despite it is a small city, Russian military men are determined to take it and control in the hope to deal further blows to the Ukrainian defence.
While Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelesnky has said his troops will defend the city, the reality check means it is going otherwise on the ground.
Speaking to the Kyiv Independent, a soldier named Volodymyr said: ‘When they drive us to Bakhmut, I already know I’m being sent to death.
He added: ‘The Russians keep firing at us, b0ut 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, Vladyslav, described how Russia was attacking five soldiers at a time.
However, he said the Russians seemed afraid to attack at close range.
Another Ukrainian infantryman by the name of Valeriy said most of his fellow soldiers had been killed by projectiles rather than direct combat with enemy soldiers.
He explained: ‘It’s a pity that probably 90 percent of our losses are from artillery – or tanks and aviation.
‘The Russians have so many weapons, and there are so many of them. They are firing at us all the time. Sometimes, you hear an incoming every second.
It is believed that Russia is throwing a lot of men from the Wagner Group into the firing line to try and overwhelm Ukrainian forces.