The BBC interviewed the commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the inhabitants of Vuhledar . The military reports that in the city the battles are going on around the clock.
“It’s difficult. People don’t get enough sleep. They stay on their feet for 20 hours. The battle goes on around the clock. I can’t say anything else, it’s a secret. But we can’t retreat,” said the commander with the call sign Zver.
Now the mining town looks like a wasteland, and before it had about 15,000 people. The local residents who remained to live in Ugledar are frightened. But they understand that requests for a ceasefire are inappropriate. “They have their own work, we have our own life,” says the townswoman.
“Here, on the front line, the cold, harsh truth reigns. A year after the start of the special operation, Putin still owns almost a fifth of this vast country,” the military states.