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'Death is everywhere' in a once-Jubilant Ukrainian city

By Jeffrey Gettleman

11 May 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

No city in Ukraine has suffered the reversal of fortunes that Kherson has, The NYT writes. When liberated in the fall, it was a symbol of hope. Now the Russians are "hammering it harder than ever."

KHERSON, Ukraine — The road to Kherson is long, straight and empty. Vacant fields rise from either side.

Entering town from the west, you pass the ATB supermarket, one of the mainstays of the city’s shopping. A rocket ripped into it a few days ago, shrapnel slicing into shoppers, killing four.

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