Satellite imagery in Bakhmut shows the magnitude and intensity of the ongoing fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces over the eastern Ukrainian towns of Soledar and Bakhmut. Satellite image ©2023 Maxar Technologies  

Business Insider: Satellite images showing thousands of craters at a battle site in eastern Ukraine capture just how intense the ‘savage’ artillery fight there actually is 

* New satellite imagery illustrates the Russian campaign to capture the eastern Ukrainian towns of Bakhmut and Soledar. 

* The photos show thousands of artillery craters and dilapidated, burned down buildings and schools. 

* Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the area is where Russia is focusing its “greatest efforts.” 

Stunning new satellite imagery shows the extent of destruction in eastern Ukraine, as fighting between the Ukrainian army and Russian paramilitary forces has ramped up in recent weeks. 

Ukrainian forces have upped the ante in the region that encompasses Bakhmut and Soledar, resisting a Russian attempt to capture the resource-rich area. 

Russian forces have been supported on the frontlines by prisoners recruited by the Wagner Group, a mercenary organization whose leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin, who has close ties to the Kremlin. 

Since the start of January, the fighting in the area has become “savage,” a senior US military official said on Monday, adding that many of the 73,000 residents of Bakhmut have been evacuated.   

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Update: Ukraine war: Soledar devastation revealed in satellite images (BBC)  

WNU Editor: Millions of artillery shells have been expended in eastern Ukraine since the start of the war. This intensity of fighting has not been seen since the Second World War.