UKRANIAN civilians are fleeing the eastern city of Bakhmut as heavy fighting continues.
The update also said Bakhmut was under “increasingly severe pressure, with intense fighting taking place in and around the city”.
A Ukrainian army representative who asked not to be identified for operational reasons, told The Associated Press news agency that it was now too dangerous for civilians to leave the city by vehicle, and that people had to flee on foot instead.
Russian forces have been trying to take Bakhmut since May 2022, with the city seeing some of the war’s heaviest fighting since the invasion began.
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