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Ukraine’s Mykolaiv holds the line against Russian forces and delays assault on Odessa

By Isabelle Khurshudyan

15 Mar 2022 · 5 min read

YKOLAIV, Ukraine - At the front line of the battle for southern Ukraine, Diana was having her birthday party in the unfinished basement of an apartment building. She turned 5 on Monday. In the absence of a cake, her parents stuck a candle in a mandarin orange and told her to make a wish.

After she blew out the flame, Diana told them she asked for the war to end soon.

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