At Ukraine front, embattled Bakhmut residents desperate for water

FIRST Valentyna’s gas was cut when Russia’s invasion came to Bakhmut in Ukraine’s Donetsk region. Then shelling destroyed power lines. By August, she and her daughter Natalia no longer had water.

As fighting intensified, making the battle for the city the longest and most grinding of the nearly year-long war, the pair replaced gas and electricity with wood and coal.