Helmet-cam footage shows Ukrainian troops storm Russian trenches

Trench warfare: Amazing helmet-cam footage shows Ukrainian troops storming Russian position and capturing two soldiers after gun battle

  • The true intensity of the war in eastern Ukraine is revealed in helmet-cam clips
  • Ukrainians are seen sprinting over no-man’s land to attack Russian trenches 

Helmet cameras are revealing the breathless intensity of trench warfare in eastern Ukraine.

Heart-thumping new point-of-view footage captured by frontline troops shows Zelensky’s soldiers storming a Russian trench and forcing two enemy fighters to surrender.

In the clip, Ukrainian soldiers emerge from a shallow ditch, firing automatic weapons as they hurry across a no man’s land reminiscent of a desolate World War One battlefield.

They can then be seen storming a nearby Russian trench, blowing up a dugout with a grenade and turning their assault rifles on enemy troops scrambling to return fire.

With several enemy troops neutralised, another Ukrainian soldier tosses a second grenade into the trench to clear out the remaining threats. 

Finally, a pair of meek and defeated Russian soldiers emerge from the trench to surrender.

Ukrainian fighter’s helmet cam captures the moment he and his squad dashed across a desolate no man’s land to storm a nearby Russian trench

The Ukrainians fired on the Russian position, clearing it out with assault rifles and grenades

They neutralised many threats and subsequently forced a pair of Russian soldiers to surrender

The Russian prisoners are seen kneeling before the defenders

The incredible raw footage was obtained from the 108th Separate Mountain Assault Battalion of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Tuesday, March 7.

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The battalion shared the video and said: ‘We present to your attention a video of the assault, filmed by a camera mounted on the helmet of one of our heroic soldiers, during which several raschists were destroyed and two chums were captured.’

The images and statement were also relayed by the Office of Strategic Communications (StratCom) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

‘Rashist’ is a term that is often used by the Ukrainian forces when referring to the Russian invaders. It is a combination of the words ‘Russia’ and ‘fascism’.

The battle for the east of Ukraine has in recent months devolved into brutal World War One-style trench warfare, particularly in the embattled Donetsk region where once lush fields and forests have become barren wastelands and urban centres have been reduced to rubble.

The head of Russia’s Wagner mercenary group said on Wednesday his forces had taken full control of the eastern part of the city of Bakhmut in Donetsk, scene of one of the bloodiest battles of the year-long war.

If the claim is true, it would mean Russian forces control nearly half the city in their costly push to secure their first big victory in several months.

Ukrainian defenders remained defiant, however. Last week they appeared to be preparing for a tactical retreat from Bakhmut, but military and political leaders are now speaking of hanging on to positions and inflicting as many casualties as possible on the Russian assault force.

Ukrainian soldiers fire a self-propelled howitzer towards Russian positions near Bakhmut, the site of the heaviest battles, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Ukrainian servicemen of the Ukrainian Volunteer Army patrol around the destroyed town of Velyka Novosilka, Ukraine March 7, 2023

A Ukrainian serviceman of the Ukrainian Volunteer Army stands at a fortified position, at an undisclosed location next to the Vuhledar frontline, Ukraine March 7, 2023

This file video grab shows an aerial view of destructions in the city of Bakhmut on February 27, 2023

Wagner head Yevgeny Prigozhin said his fighters, who have been spearheading the Russian campaign to seize Bakhmut, had now captured the city’s east.

‘Everything east of the Bakhmutka River is completely under the control of Wagner,’ Prigozhin said on Telegram.

The river bisects Bakhmut city, which sits on the edge of a swathe of Donetsk region that is already largely under Russian occupation.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian military statements said earlier there may be ‘conditions’ in Bakhmut for a Ukrainian offensive.

‘The main task of our troops in Bakhmut is to grind the enemy’s fighting capability, to bleed their combat potential,’ Serhiy Cherevatyi, a spokesperson for Ukraine’s eastern military command, told public television on Tuesday.

The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces said in its Wednesday morning report: ‘The enemy, despite significant losses… continues to storm the town of Bakhmut.’

Russia, which claims to have annexed nearly 20 per cent of Ukraine’s territory, has made progress in recent weeks around Bakhmut, but its winter offensive has yielded no significant gains in assaults further north and south.

It says that taking Bakhmut would be a step towards seizing the industrial Donbas region, made up of Donetsk and Luhansk provinces. Western analysts say Bakhmut has little strategic value.

Destroyed buildings and burned cars now characterise the landscape in eastern Ukraine. There, hidden on basements of abandoned houses, the Ukrainian Volunteer Army hold their positions against relentless attacks by Russian forces

A building in Bakhmut explodes amid artillery fire

Ukrainian servicemen of the Ukrainian Volunteer Army patrol around next to the frontline, at an undisclosed location next to the Vuhledar frontline, Ukraine March 7, 2023

Wagner head Yevgeny Prigozhin said his fighters, who have been spearheading the Russian campaign to seize Bakhmut, had now captured the city’s east

But Kyiv says the losses suffered by Russia there could determine the future course of the war, with decisive battles expected later this year when the weather is better and Ukraine receives more military aid, including heavy battle tanks.

The months of warfare there have been among the deadliest and most destructive since Russia invaded in February last year, adding Bakhmut’s name to a list of devastated cities such as Mariupol, Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk.

A Ukrainian military drone showed the scale of destruction in Bakhmut, filming apartment blocks on fire and smoke billowing from residential areas.

Iryna Vereshchuk, a deputy Ukrainian premier, said fewer than 4,000 civilians – including 38 children – out of a pre-war population of some 80,000 remained in the city, which is now largely in ruins after months of bombardment.

‘The situation in the city is difficult. The enemy actively storms our positions, however they don’t have any success and suffer colossal losses,’ a Ukrainian border guard said in a video released by the State Border Service.

‘Probably out of spite, they tried to blow up two bridges. But we still receive everything that we need. The city stands, because Bakhmut was, is, and will be Ukraine. We’ll stay in touch.’

The Ukrainian General Staff also said Russian forces made more than 30 unsuccessful attacks over the past day near Orikhovo-Vasylivka alone, 12 miles northwest of Bakhmut.

They shelled the areas around 10 settlements along the Bakhmut section of the front line, it said.

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