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Lauding their soldiers, Putin and Zelenskyy signal long fight ahead

By Marc Santora, Anton Troianovski and Michael Levenson

20 Dec 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

The leaders of Ukraine and Russia are steeling their citizens for a long war amid signs Putin is considering a renewed offensive—and may be ready to sacrifice many more troops for it. The NYT reports.

The scenes captured the intractability of a war that began nearly 10 months ago between two antagonists presenting very different versions of the conflict.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine, wearing a plain army-green jacket, on Tuesday made perhaps his most dangerous trip to the front lines since the fighting began in February, traveling to the ravaged city of Bakhmut to hand out medals to soldiers as the thunder of artillery echoed in the distance.

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