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Ukraine’s violent stalemate: how Russia’s offensive became a war of attrition

By Tim Judah , Henry Foy, Ben Hall and John Paul Rathbone

25 Mar 2022 · 7 min read

Russian troops arrived in the town of Makariv just four days after Vladimir Putin launched his full-scale invasion of Ukraine. This week, Ukrainian authorities claimed to have retaken the town, 65km west of Kyiv, in a daring counter-attack that sent Russian forces into retreat.

Andriy Nebytov, the Kyiv chief of police, posted a video on Facebook showing him dressed in full combat gear, visiting the damaged and seemingly deserted town. In one scene he picks up what looks like a crumpled Ukrainian flag.

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