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Pitched battle in Mariupol intensifies, as war displaces millions across Ukraine

By David L. Stern, Missy Ryan, Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff and Ellen Nakashima

22 Mar 2022 · 6 min read

MUKACHEVO, Ukraine - Russia's assault on Ukraine grew more destructive Monday, as civilians faced deadly obstacles in their attempts to flee the besieged city of Mariupol and a staggering flow of displaced Ukrainians strained neighboring countries.

Ukrainian and Russian forces battled in the streets of the strategic southern city, as Moscow attempted on the 26th day of its offensive to lay claim to an area that would cement its control of the Black Sea coast from the Russian-controlled Crimean Peninsula to the Russian border. The fate of Mariupol remained in doubt Monday, as Ukrainians refused to give up in the face of withering Russian attacks.

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