'Bakhmut is Gone' now
its name remains on a map
shells have left mere shells
n.b. Today the New York Times shows film taken from a drone of the broken city. Three people huddled by a wall, checking whether it is safe to creep around the corner of a block, on their journey to god knows where, through the rubble.
An explosion splays dirt and debris in the air, as another another artillery round lands. Vandalism on a municipal scale.
So, this is what Moscow argues is the price Ukrainian people must pay to be ‘freed’ from self-rule and government by their own elected representatives. This is liberation?