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In an epic battle of tanks, Russia was routed, repeating earlier mistakes

By Andrew E. Kramer

02 Mar 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

The NYT brings us inside a three-week tank battle in southern Ukraine. It may have been the biggest tank battle of the war thus far, and it appears to have been a "stinging setback" for the Russians.

KURAKHOVE, Ukraine — Before driving into battle in their mud-spattered war machine, a T-64 tank, the three-man Ukrainian crew performs a ritual.

The commander, Pvt. Dmytro Hrebenok, recites the Lord’s Prayer. Then, the men walk around the tank, patting its chunky green armor.

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