An 11-minute head-cam video filmed by a Ukrainian soldier shows the brutal close-quarters fighting around the city of Bakhmut. 

The clip, titled "Defending Ukraine's 'Road of Life', the last road out of Bakhmut”, was recorded by a soldier of the "Da Vinci Wolves”.

It begins with the soldier moving across a barren no man's land to take shelter in a dugout with a group of fellow soldiers. A dead comrade is also seen in the dugout and a voice can be heard to say: "Fuck, one more than. He is dead. Rest in peace. Yes, brother that is how war is."

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The action then heats up dramatically with an explosion at the entrance to the shelter knocking a solider off his feet. "Lekha, are you okay? Lekha, are you alive?" one soldier asks – he gives a thumbs up in response.

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They then receive a radio message saying the "orcs jumped into our trenches" and a close-quarters firefight accompanied with artillery fire then ensues.

So close are the Russian attackers that at one stage the cameraman, called "Tihiy", shouts: "What's up orcs? It's our field, fuck off.”

British military intelligence said this week that "heavy fighting" continued along the Donbas front line in eastern Ukraine and Russia's regular troops and forces from the Wagner mercenary outfit continued to make "creeping advances" in Bakhmut.

Much of the fighting is now concentrated around the eastern town, which has seen the longest and bloodiest battle of the conflict.

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