A video clip posted on social media showed the moment the Ukrainian artillery destroyed a “Russian Ural supply truck” and an “ammunition storage point” near the Bakhmut region.
“#Ukraine. A Russian Ural supply truck with an ammunition storage point was destroyed by the Ukrainian 45th Artillery Brigade in Paraskoviivka near Bakhmut, #Donetsk Oblast,” the Ukraine Weapons Tracker Twitter account wrote in a post with the video.
Aerial footage apparently recorded shows a Russian supply truck near a white multi-storey building surrounded by rubble and rubbish. A stitched clip shows another angle and the fire can now be seen just outside the building with clouds of black smoke rising. As the fire apparently began to engulf the building, explosions and blasts of flame could be heard through the windows of the tall building.
Meanwhile, along the building’s exterior, the fire spreads and eventually destroys what the tweet calls a “Russian supply truck.”
The nearly two-minute video ends with closer shots of the charred remains of both the ammunition supply point and the truck.
The video comes as fighting between Ukraine and Russia has continued over the past year. Specifically, in the Bakhmut region, fierce fighting continued between Russian and Ukrainian forces.
The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, said on Wednesday that the situation in Bakhmut had become “a carnage-fest for the Russians.”
“They’re taking a beating around Bahkemut, and the Ukrainians have fought very well,” Milley said while speaking before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday. “There’s probably about 6,000 or so actual mercenaries and maybe another 20 or 30,000 recruits they get, many of whom come from the prisons.”
In an update on Thursday, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said, “The enemy is concentrating its main efforts on conducting offensive actions. The settlements of Belogorievka, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Marinka remain in the epicenter of hostilities.
In Bakhmut, the update said that Russian forces continue to “make more attempts to capture the city,” but noted, “But our defenders bravely take control of the city and repel many enemy attacks.”
Earlier this week, Andriy Zagorodnyuk, who is currently serving as an advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said: Newsweek“It is too early to talk about the victory at Bakhmut for Ukraine … but it certainly shows the inability of the Russians to achieve their victory.”
Amidst the ongoing battles in Bakhmut, Russian forces were aided by members of the Wagner mercenary group led by financier Yevgeny Prigozhin.
According to Reuters, Prigozhin recently posted an audio message saying: “Today’s battle for Bakhmut has already destroyed the Ukrainian army and, unfortunately, seriously damaged the Wagner PMC.”
Newsweek I reached out to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs via email for comment.