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The battle for Donbas: ‘the real test of this war’

By Henry Foy in Brussels, John Paul Rathbone in London, Roman Olearchyk in Kramatorsk and Felicia Schwartz in New York

25 Apr 2022 · 10 min read

It began with heavy shelling overnight that levelled three-storey residential blocks, hit the town’s nursing home and left four-foot deep craters in the road. Then the heavy armour rolled in.

Dozens of Russian tanks, self-propelled guns and armoured personnel carriers advanced on Kreminna from three directions, as residents attempted to flee. After attempting to hold the town over the course of last weekend, Ukrainian troops retreated last Monday.

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