According to the British Defense Ministry, a significant portion of Russia’s years-long invasion of Ukraine has turned into infantry combat in the country’s eastern areas due to Moscow’s forces’ lack of artillery ammunition.

According to London’s most recent assessment, there has been an increase in hand-to-hand conflict in Ukraine. This is perhaps because the Russian command continues to insist on offensive operations, which consists mainly of men on foot.

According to the ministry, Russian reservists were called up toward the end of last month and told of being given orders to attack a concrete Ukrainian stronghold with only “weapons and shovels.” The so-called “shovels” are likely entrenchment weapons for close combat.

The typical MPL-50 hill-fort instrument is notably mythologized in Russia for its lethality, yet “nothing has changed since its creation in 1869,” according to the statement.

Defense authorities stated that the weapon’s ongoing use “underscores the brutal and low-tech combat that defines most of the war”. One of the reserve soldiers said he was “neither physically nor mentally” ready for the action.

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On Saturday, when people got assistance fleeing the beleaguered eastern city, Russian soldiers escalated their pressure on Ukrainian troops positioned in Bakhmut.According to a Ukrainian army official who spoke to The Associated Press, civilians are being forced to depart Bakhmut on foot since it is too unsafe to exit the city in a car. According to the AP, Ukrainian military built a pontoon bridge on Saturday to make it easier for residents to go to the nearby village of Khromove.

According to the Ukrainian troops helping them, a woman was killed and two men were critically hurt while attempting to escape across the improvised bridge.

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British military intelligence experts and other Western analysts claim that Ukrainian forces cut off their last remaining supply route by destroying two important bridges immediately outside the city, one of which led to Chasiv Yar.