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Minefields and menace: Why Ukraine's pushback is off to a halting start

By Andrew E. Kramer and Eric Schmitt

27 Jun 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. Ukraine's counteroffensive against Russia has been slow and bloody, with its forces gaining only about 4 miles of territory in their farthest advance so far.

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine — The column of Bradley armored vehicles rumbled forward, filled with Ukrainian soldiers, bringing a new and potent American weapon to the war’s southern front.

But then one hit a mine. The explosion blew off one of the vehicle’s bulldozer-like tracks, immobilizing it. The entire Ukrainian column reversed direction, pulling back.

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