Drone video shows battle in Ukraine's Bakhmut

STORY: Several explosions were seen in the video, with buildings destroyed or on fire. The video source said Russia was "destroying civilian infrastructure with artillery and mortars".

The location of the video was verified by buildings and road layout which matched satellite photography of the area. Reuters was not able to independently confirm the date the video was filmed.

Bakhmut, with a population of 80,000 people before Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February, has become a symbol of the grinding warfare playing out along much of the eastern front, where enemy positions have rarely budged more than a few hundred meters in recent weeks.

Military experts say the city appears to be of little strategic value to either side, but Russian forces including mercenaries fighting for the Wagner group have in recent days intensified their bombardment.