Video Shows Helicopter Fires Over Intense Bakhmut Battle: Ukraine

A new video shows a Ukrainian helicopter firing flares over Bakhmut as intense fighting in the city continues.

“Bakhmut is for those who have courage. Bakhmut is the city of heroes. We will never give up. We will win,” Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said in a tweet with the video. Video is captured of a vehicle driving towards the battle and from another area a helicopter can be seen flying in. As the helicopter flies closer to what appears to be a battle, flares can be seen from the helicopter.

The video comes as Russian and Ukrainian forces continue fighting in the town of Bakhmut, in the Donetsk region. Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously announced the annexation of four Ukrainian regions, including Donetsk, as well as Luhansk, Zaporizhia and Kherson. Since its annexation, Ukraine has continued a counterattack to regain control of these regions.

Last week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy traveled to Bakhmut and said it was “the hottest place on the entire frontline.”

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A crater is filled with water near a cafe on December 26, 2022 in Bakhmut, Ukraine. In the inset, a Ukrainian border guard in a frontline trench reacts as mortar shells detonate nearby on December 26, 2022 in Bakhmut, Ukraine. On Wednesday, December 28, 2022, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine shared video of a helicopter flying over Bakhmut.
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“Since May, the occupiers have been trying to break our Bakhmut, but time is passing and Bakhmut is already breaking not only the Russian army, but also the Russian mercenaries who came to replace the wasted army of the occupiers,” Zelenskyy said in a televised address his visit to the war-torn city.

As fighting continued in the city, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), a US-based think tank, released an assessment of the Russian offensive campaign that mentioned the Battle of Bakhmut.

“Russian forces at Bakhmut may be nearing their peak, as Russian forces at Kherson did in August 2022. Russian combat losses are likely to force the Russian military to deploy squad-size assault groups in the Bakhmut region,” the ISW said. “The Russian military’s rate of advance in the Bakhmut area has slowed recently amid growing manpower and ammunition constraints that are likely to prevent it from sustaining a high pace of offensive operations in the area in the short term.”

The ISW also said that Russian advances at Bakhmut are likely to slow in the coming days and weeks “unless significant new reinforcements and shipments of artillery shells arrive soon”.

On Monday, former US General Ben Hodges spoke to the BBC about the ongoing war between the two nations, saying that Ukraine currently has the “momentum”.

“It’s too early to plan a victory parade in Kyiv, but all the momentum is with Ukraine now and I have no doubt that they will win this war, probably in 2023,” Hodges said.

news week turned to the foreign ministries of Ukraine and Russia for comments. Video Shows Helicopter Fires Over Intense Bakhmut Battle: Ukraine

Rick Schindler

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