The Ukrainian military on Sunday released additional footage from the battle for the village of Andriivka, a small hamlet immediately south of the city of Bakhmut, which Kyiv's forces say they reclaimed on September 15, APA reports citing CNN.
Liberating Andriivka was considered a key step in the fight for Bakhmut, Maksym Zhorin, deputy commander of Ukraine's Third Separate Assault Brigade, said at the time.
The new video, released by Zhorin's brigade after it fought for control of the village, shows fighters advancing through "a forest belt scorched by the fighting."
The fighters were engaged "in close combat and clearing out enemy dugouts and holes," the brigade said. When soldiers entered the streets of Andriivka, they found the village had been "wiped out."
"Only mountains of concrete, brick and metal fragments remind us that there were buildings here," the brigade said.
More background: Zhorin's brigade says it has been working to hold on to Andriivka and consolidate its gains there since initially recapturing the village. It released its first video from the battlefield last week, showing that little remained of the town.
The decimated village and nearby Bakhmut are located in the northeast portion of Ukraine's Donetsk region. Bakhmut has been hotly contested for months, even after the Wagner private military group claimed it had seized control of the city and handed it over to Russia's forces. Ukraine, Russia and Wagner have all suffered heavy losses in the ongoing battle for the city.