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Outnumbered and worn out, Ukrainians in east brace for Russian assault

By Michael Schwirtz

06 Feb 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

Russian troops have taken massive casualties in eastern Ukraine, but new recruits keep coming and a major assault looms. The NYT visits a tiny Ukrainian village that is at the epicenter of the fight.

NEVSKE, Ukraine — In a tiny village in eastern Ukraine at the epicenter of the next phase of the war, Lyudmila Degtyaryova measures the Russian advance by listening to the boom of incoming artillery shells.

There are more and more of them now. And they are coming more frequently, as Russian troops grind their way forward.

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