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'Our losses were gigantic': Life in a sacrificial Russian assault wave

By Andrew E. Kramer

13 Feb 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

The Russian military uses waves of poorly trained "storm troops" to intentionally draw Ukrainian fire, making them "sitting ducks." The NYT explains the tactic and talks to troops who survived it.

LVIV, Ukraine — Creeping forward along a tree line late at night toward an entrenched Ukrainian position, the Russian soldier watched in horror as his comrades were mowed down by enemy fire.

His squad of 10 ex-convicts advanced only a few dozen yards before being decimated.

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