‘New Bakhmut’ – town left like a post-apocalyptic wasteland, says Ukraine military

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky visited the south-eastern Zaporizhzhia region yesterday, calling for Russian troops to withdraw from the nuclear power plant there. Photo: Ukrainian Presidential Press Service

Dan Peleschuk

Ukraine shut the eastern town of Avdiivka to non-military personnel yesterday, describing it as a post-apocalyptic wasteland, as Kyiv tried to break the back of Russia’s flagging winter offensive before a counter-assault of its own.