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Understanding Russia’s relentless assault on Bakhmut

Understanding Russia’s relentless assault on Bakhmut

by Francis Farrell

Water-logged trenches, shredded tree lines, and an undulating, colorless landscape of mud: The visual experience of the battles outside Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast have proved to transcend centuries. When Ukrainian machine-gunner Viktor Borinets’ photos of conditions on the first line of defense went viral, the comparisons to the notoriously grim

Sievierodonetsk falls to Russia, fighting shifts to Lysychansk

Sievierodonetsk falls to Russia, fighting shifts to Lysychansk

by Asami Terajima

After weeks of bloody street fighting and months of withering bombardment, Sievierodonetsk is now “fully occupied” by Russian forces, its mayor, Oleksandr Striuk, said on June 25. With Ukrainian troops’ withdrawal from Sievierodonetsk, the fighting now shifts to neighboring Lysychansk, the last Ukrainian-held city in the region. Capturing Sievierodonetsk brings

Ukrainian forces hold off Russians in Donetsk Oblast

Ukrainian forces hold off Russians in Donetsk Oblast

by Igor Kossov

KRAMATORSK, Donetsk Oblast – The perfect sunny spring morning in Donetsk Oblast was marred by the constant explosions going off every few minutes a dozen kilometers away. The blasts were varied, coming from artillery and rocket barrages from both sides. A half-dozen soldiers held this outpost a short distance away from

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