Ukraine LIVE: Fighting descends into 'WWI-like horrors' in key eastern battleground town

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Fighting conditions in one of the most embattled regions of eastern Ukraine resemble the “horrors of Passchendaele or other First World War battles”, according to new accounts. The town of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region is one of the few larger settlements in the area still under Ukrainian control.

But the battle for the town is being fought through trench warfare reminiscent of the European battles of more than a century ago, new reports have suggested.

The town, which had a pre-war population of around 70,000 but is thought to have lost up to 90 percent of its inhabitants, has long been the target of the mercenary Wagner Group and the subject of constant artillery onslaughts.

A spokesperson for the eastern front of Ukraine’s armed forces told The Telegraph: “They are sending them like meat to find out where our firing positions are.”

Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, has said the battle for Bakhmut is “the most difficult” one faced by defending Ukrainian forces.

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