Ukrainian blasts enemies just feet away with rocket-propelled grenades

Ukraine soldier blasts Russian enemies just feet away with rocket-propelled grenades and rakes them with machine gun fire in incredible footage from the Battle for Bakhmut

  • A trooper claimed that his comrade ‘definitely killed or wounded someone’
  • The footage captured the harrowing sounds of gunshots and explosives

Incredible footage showed a Ukrainian soldier blast their Russian enemies, who were just a few feet away, with a rocket-propelled grenade and a machine gun. 

The shocking clip, which was shot in Bakhmut, captured the moment a Ukrainian troop launched an open-fire attack on Russian soldiers just after finding his own ‘Russian trophy’.

The five-minute video started with a single serviceman marching through a deserted field as the burning sun dried out the surrounding land while he headed towards an outhouse.

The video jumped to the inside of the abandoned building, which was filled with fellow Ukrainian fighters, where soldiers spotted a Russian trooper and launched a grenade in their direction. 

The footage captured the harrowing sounds of gunshots and explosives as the Ukrainian fighter made his deadly shot and was instructed to ‘load another’- he then went on to confirm that his comrade ‘definitely killed or wounded someone’.

The shocking clip  showed the moment a Ukrainian soldier opened fire on his Russian enemy in Bakhmut 

After the team split to avoid being targeted by shelling, the clip jumped to a soldier holding up a machine gun while claiming it was his ‘trophy Russian rifle’ which was allegedly marked with the flag. 

The footage goes on to show a first-person point of view of the fighter as he hid behind a wall and opened fire on his enemy with a machine gun. 

The soldier pleaded to himself for his enemy to come out from hiding as he aimed his weapon in their direction. 

After a large explosion just a few feet in front of him, the serviceman opened fire and continuously fired his gun until he ran out of bullets. 

This footage was released after the pressure mounted Saturday on Ukrainian troops and civilians hunkering down in Bakhmut, as Kyiv’s forces tried to help residents flee amid what Western analysts say may be preparations for a Ukrainian withdrawal from the eastern city that Russian forces have spent months trying to capture.

A woman was killed and two men were badly wounded by shelling while trying to cross a makeshift bridge out of Bakhmut on Saturday, according to Ukrainian troops who were assisting them.

A Ukrainian army representative who asked not to be named for operational reasons said it was now too dangerous for civilians to leave the city in Donetsk province by vehicle and that people had to flee on foot instead.

Comrades were able to confirm the solider killed or at least wounded a Russian fighter by the response they received following a launch of a grenade 

The clip showed the moment the Ukrainian soldier spotted the Russian trooper just feet away before he  threw a grenade in their direction

Bakhmut has for months been a key target of Moscow’s grinding eastern offensive, with Russian troops, including large forces from the private Wagner Group, inching ever closer to Kyiv’s key eastern stronghold.

A pontoon bridge was set up by Ukrainian soldiers to help the city’s few remaining residents reach the nearby village of Khromove. Later, they saw at least five houses on fire as a result of attacks in Khromove.

Ukrainian units over the past 36 hours destroyed two key bridges just outside Bakhmut, including one linking it to the nearby town of Chasiv Yar along the last remaining Ukrainian resupply route, according to U.K. military intelligence officials and other Western analysts.

The U.K. defence ministry said in the latest of its regular Twitter updates that the destruction of the bridges came as Russian fighters made further inroads into Bakhmut’s northern suburbs, ratcheting up the pressure on its Ukrainian defenders.

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW), a Washington-based think tank, assessed late on Friday that Kyiv’s actions may point to a looming Ukrainian pullout from parts of the city. 

It said Ukrainian troops may ‘conduct a limited and controlled withdrawal from particularly difficult sections of eastern Bakhmut,’ while seeking to inhibit Russian movement there and limit exit routes to the west.

Capturing Bakhmut would not only give Russian fighters a rare battlefield gain after months of setbacks, but it might rupture Ukraine’s supply lines and allow the Kremlin’s forces to press toward other Ukrainian strongholds in the eastern Donetsk region.

As the fighting raged on, civilians remaining in the area spoke about their daily struggles amid the near-constant enemy fire. 

Bakhmut resident Hennadiy Mazepa and his wife Natalia Ishkova both chose to remain in Bakhmut, even as fierce battles reduced much of the city to rubble. Ishkova said that they suffered from a lack of food and basic utilities.

‘Humanitarian (aid) is given to us only once a month. There is no electricity, no water, no gas,’ she said.

‘I pray to God that all who remain here will survive,’ Ishkova added.

At the United Nations on Friday, deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said U.N. humanitarian staff reported ‘intensive hostilities’ near Bakhmut and say the organization’s few humanitarian partners on the ground are focusing on evacuating the most vulnerable people from the conflict area.’

On Saturday, Russia’s defence chief travelled to Ukraine’s embattled east to inspect troops and to award them with state decorations, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The footage also showed the moment a fighter hid behind a brick wall while waiting to shoot a Russian serviceman once he came out from hiding 

After the grenade and machine gun attack were launched Ukrainian troops were told to reload

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visited a command post of Russia’s Eastern forces, where he was briefed by regional commander Rustam Muradov, according to a video published by the ministry. The video did not disclose the command post’s location.

Elsewhere, Ukraine’s emergency services reported Saturday morning that the death toll from a Russian missile strike Thursday that hit a five-story apartment building in southern Ukraine has risen to 11.

The Main Directorate of Ukraine’s State Emergency Service said in an online statement that rescuers overnight had pulled three more bodies from the wreckage, some 36 hours after a Russian missile tore through four floors of the building in the riverside city of Zaporizhzhia. It said that a child was among those killed, and that the rescue effort was ongoing.

Russian shelling on Saturday also killed two residents of front-line communities in the surrounding Zaporizhzhia region, the local military administration reported in a Telegram post.

A 57-year-old woman and 68-year-old man also died in Nikopol, a town further west that neighbours the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, as Russian forces stationed there fired artillery shells and rockets at Ukrainian-held territory across the Dnieper river, regional Gov. Serhiy Lysak reported Saturday.

In the western city of Lviv, hundreds of kilometres from the war’s front lines, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met Saturday with the head of the European Union parliament. 

The incredible footage captured the harrowing reality left of people’s homes 

Fields were scorched by the sun and buildings were left in rubble from the shooting and shelling

Bakhmut has for months been a key target of Moscow’s grinding eastern offensive

Hours earlier, Zelenskyy held talks with U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and top European legal officials on how to hold Russia accountable for its actions in Ukraine.

In a joint press briefing with Zelenskyy, European Parliament President Roberta Metsola said that ‘all those responsible’ for suspected Russian war crimes in Ukraine, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, must be brought to justice before a durable peace is achieved.

Metsola voiced support for the EU’s announcement Thursday that an international centre for the prosecution of the crime of aggression – the act of invading another country – would be set up in The Hague to investigate Russia’s invasion.

She also called for Ukraine to start negotiations on joining the 27-nation-bloc as early as this year, and urged Western nations to keep arming the country’s military as it strives to keep Russian forces at bay in the east and south.

‘Ukraine’s future is in the European Union. We will walk all the way with you,’ Metsola said on Twitter on Friday.

The EU agreed in June to put Ukraine on a path toward membership, setting in motion a process that could take years or even decades. 

However, Moscow’s invasion and Ukraine’s request for fast-track consideration have lent urgency to the negotiations.

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