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Russia looks to private militia to secure a victory in eastern Ukraine

By Andrew Higgins and Matthew Mpoke Bigg

07 Nov 2022 · 6 min read

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In eastern Ukraine, a former Russian convict and onetime hot-dog seller is emerging as Moscow's best hope to make up for weeks of unexpected battlefield setbacks, the NYT reports.

After weeks of unexpected battlefield setbacks for Russia, the war in Ukraine on Sunday delivered another surprise: the emergence of a former Russian convict and onetime hot-dog seller as perhaps the Kremlin’s best hope for a small, face-saving military victory.

With occupying Russian forces at peril in the strategic southern city of Kherson, troops with a private military force controlled by Yevgeny V. Prigozhin, a convicted thief and longtime associate of Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, advanced on the Ukrainian-held city of Bakhmut in the country’s east.

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