A Ukrainian marine has come within an inch of death as footage shows the moment a Russian bullet narrowly misses hitting him in the head. As the soldier positions himself by a window to take aim at enemy positions down the street, the bullet can be seen hitting the wall against which the Ukrainian is steadying himself. A cloud of dust from the brick behind the marine then engulfs his head as the reality of what has just happened causes the soldier to belatedly duck for cover.
The footage was posted by the 35th Separate Marine Infantry Brigade, named after Rear Admiral Mykhailo Ostrogradskyi.
A statement alongside the video said: “A Marine miraculously avoided being hit by a bullet during contact combat with the enemy.
“The Ukrainian defender was firing at the enemy. And he returned fire in response. The camera recorded how one of the bullets flew over the marine’s helmet.
“May fate continue to protect our brothers from enemy attacks.”
The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence shared the post on their Twitter page, captioning the post simply: “Divine intervention.”
The incident is believed to have taken place in the eastern city of Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast, where urban warfare has been ongoing for roughly 10 months.
Russian forces claim to have captured around 80 percent of the city in an attempt to encircle the Ukrainian troops located in the central-western parts of Bakhmut.
Geolocated footage and Russian milblogger claims have Putin’s forces controlling territory from the northeast of the city clockwise down to the southwest.
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The Institute for the Study of War suggested on April 11 that at least 76.5 percent of Bakhmut had been visually confirmed as under Russian occupation.
One Telegram channel affiliated with the mercenary Wagner Group, which has spearheaded the attempted taking of Bakhmut, posted a picture on Thursday afternoon showing two of its fighters outside the city’s state administrative building. Express.co.uk was able to geolocate the footage, though it could not confirm the date of the latest photo.
Earlier this month, the mercenary outfit leader Yevgeny Prigozhin claimed his forces had “legally” captured the city when an image purported to show a Russian flag outside the administrative building.
The Ukrainian General Staff reported that fighting was ongoing in Bakhmut and that Russian forces had conducted unsuccessful offensive actions near Khromove just under two miles to the west of the city.
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Ukrainian Eastern Group of Forces spokesperson Colonel Serhiy Cherevaty said on Wednesday that Wagner Group forces were attacking the eastern city mainly in small tactical groups, supported by conventional Russian elements.
The Russian Ministry of Defense MoD claimed that Wagner assault detachments captured three unspecified city blocks within Bakhmut while Russian airborne (VDV) elements pinned Ukrainian forces down on Wagner’s flanks, according to ISW.
Prominent Russian milbloggers also claimed that fighting had taken place in northern, central and southwestern sectors of the city throughout Wednesday.