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How Kyiv’s outgunned defenders have kept Russian forces from capturing the capital

By Sudarsan Raghavan

15 Mar 2022 · 8 min read

IRPIN, Ukraine - The bodies of Russian soldiers were scattered by the wreckage of charred military vehicles and shelled buildings. Twenty feet away, behind tanker trucks, Ukrainian volunteers stood watch, their eyes on a cement mixer about 500 yards away. Behind it were Russian troops on the edges of Bucha, the next town over.

This front line in Irpin, on Kyiv's northwest outskirts, had not moved in two weeks despite the Russian military superiority. That itself was a victory for Cmdr. Casper and his fighters.

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