Drone Footage Reveals Devastation in Ukraine's Chasiv Yar After Months of Russian Shelling

Drone footage reveals extensive destruction in Chasiv Yar, a strategic Ukrainian city under relentless Russian bombardment. The delayed delivery of military aid has left Ukraine vulnerable to the Kremlin's forces, as a broader Russian offensive looms.

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Drone Footage Reveals Devastation in Ukraine's Chasiv Yar After Months of Russian Shelling

Drone Footage Reveals Devastation in Ukraine's Chasiv Yar After Months of Russian Shelling

Drone footage obtained by The Associated Press has revealed the extensive destruction in the strategic eastern Ukrainian city of Chasiv Yar, which has been subjected to months of relentless Russian artillery bombardment. The once 12,000-population town is now nearly deserted, with barely a building left intact and homes and municipal offices charred, reminiscent of the devastation seen in the cities of Bakhmut and Avdiivka, which Ukraine yielded after months of bombardment and huge losses for both sides.

The footage shows rows of mid-rise apartment blocks blackened by blasts, houses and civic buildings heavily damaged, and the golden dome of a church remaining intact but the building appearing badly damaged. Seizing Chasiv Yar would give Russia control of a hilltop from which it can attack other cities that form the backbone of Ukraine's eastern defenses, potentially setting the stage for a broader Russian offensive.

Why this matters: The destruction in Chasiv Yar underscores Russia's scorched-earth tactics throughout the war, as its troops have killed and displaced thousands of civilians. The delayed delivery of allies' military aid to Ukraine has left the country at the mercy of the Kremlin's bigger and better-equipped forces, as Ukraine and its Western partners race to deploy critical new military aid to help check the slow but steady Russian advance.

Russia has launched waves of assaults on the city's outnumbered Ukrainian troops, who have run desperately short of ammunition. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg acknowledged that the delayed delivery of allied countries' military aid to Ukraine had left the country at the mercy of the Kremlin's bigger and better-equipped forces. Ukraine and its Western partners are now racing to deploy critical new military aid to help check the slow but steady Russian advance across eastern areas.

The strategically important city has been under attack by Russian forces for months. "Capturing Chasiv Yar would give Russia control of a hilltop from which it can attack other cities that form the backbone of Ukraine's eastern defenses," setting the stage for a potentially broader Russian offensive, according to the AP footage. The massive destruction in Chasiv Yar is reminiscent of the devastation seen in Bakhmut and Avdiivka, which

Key Takeaways

  • Drone footage reveals extensive destruction in Chasiv Yar, Ukraine.
  • Chasiv Yar, once a 12,000-population town, is now nearly deserted.
  • Capturing Chasiv Yar would give Russia control of a strategic hilltop.
  • Delayed military aid has left Ukraine vulnerable to Russia's forces.
  • Chasiv Yar's devastation mirrors that of Bakhmut and Avdiivka.