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Ukrainian soldiers, nearly encircled, push Russians back

By Carlotta Gall

06 Mar 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

The battle for Bakhmut has evolved into much more than a struggle for control of the ruined city. Rather, it's become a "marathon contest to see which army can break the other," reports The NYT.

CHASIV YAR, Ukraine — Lined up in the dark in civilian vehicles, lights dimmed, a company of soldiers waited silently at the side of a road. Farther behind, a second company was parked, an occasional light inside a car revealing the face of a soldier. Still farther back, a third company was moving into place.

After months of pitched battle, the fight over the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut had seemed in recent days to be reaching a climax, with Russian forces close to encircling the city and some Ukrainian units pulling out.

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