According to British intelligence, Russian infantry are now likely to be entrenched in the eastern industrial districts of the city, and are sometimes pushing into residential areas of the city. Street fighting continues.
As noted in the summary, from 2022 in June There was heavy fighting in the Bakhmut sector, but the front line was mainly in the open area around the eastern approaches to the city.
Since Russian troops entered Lisikhansk and Severodonetsk in July 2022, there have been practically no large-scale battles in populated areas that have been prolonged in the war.
Given that urban battles require highly trained infantry with excellent junior leadership, “this type of battle is unlikely to give an advantage to the poorly trained “wagners” and mobilized reservists of the Russian army,” notes the British Ministry of Defense.