Ukraine captured trenches and dead bodies abandoned in Bakhmut by Russians

A Ukrainian soldier stands above a dead Russian soldier in a recently captured trench near Bakhmut, in eastern Ukraine, on August 7.

Kyiv’s counteroffensive against Russian forces has been “particularly fruitful” in the past few days, Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, said on August 7.

His comments come after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said that his troops had made progress after a “difficult” week.

The commander of Ukraine’s ground forces, General Oleksandr Syrskiy, said that Russian units were attempting counterattacks to recover the ground they had recently lost to advancing Ukrainian forces.

A soldier keeps watch from a trench that was formerly held by Moscow’s forces.

“The Bakhmut front has become an arena of active hostilities again…. The enemy is desperately clinging to positions and strongholds that were formerly occupied by Wagner Group fighters.… Events unfold and change very rapidly, with some positions changing hands twice a day,” Syrskiy said, in comments reported by the Ukrainska Pravda magazine.

Hundred of cities and towns form part of a front line that stretches from the northern Donbas to the south of Ukraine in Kherson — nearly 1,000 kilometers of trenches, minefields, rivers, and other obstacles that separate Ukrainian troops from their Russian counterparts.

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