Residents had to flee the besieged Ukrainian city on foot
Civilians have fled an eastern town pounded by Russian forces with the help of Ukrainian troops.
A woman was killed and two men injured by shelling while attempting to cross a pontoon bridge from Bakhmut in Donetsk province, according to Ukrainian troops who said it was too dangerous to leave them in vehicles.
Bakhmut has been bombed for months, with Russian troops, backed by Wagner Group mercenaries, trying to make a rare advance. Ukrainian forces destroyed two key bridges as western analysts predicted a controlled withdrawal.
Bakhmut’s deputy mayor Oleksandr Marchenko told BBC News there was fighting in the streets but Russia was not in control. The couple Hennadiy Mazepa and Natalia Ishkova decided to stay. “There is no electricity, no water, no gas,” Ms. Ishkova said.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and European Parliament Speaker Roberta Metsola said all those responsible for alleged Russian war crimes, including President Vladimir Putin, must be brought to justice.
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