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Russians tighten noose on Ukraine’s Bakhmut, Putin warns of Western espionage

Russians tighten noose on Ukraine’s Bakhmut, Putin warns of Western espionage

DAN PELESCHUK RUSSIAN forces pressed forward their weeks-long drive to encircle and capture the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut, where the commander of Ukraine's ground forces described the situation as "extremely tense". Taking Bakhmut, the scene of some of the war's bloodiest battles, would be Russia's first major prize in more than six months and open the way to seizing the last remaining urban centres in the Donetsk region, one of four Moscow claims to have annexed in its "special military operation" in Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the FSB security service on Tuesday to bolster security in the four regions…
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Russia shells eastern front as Putin says West ‘exploiting’ crisis

Russia shells eastern front as Putin says West ‘exploiting’ crisis

DAN PELESCHUK RUSSIAN forces shelled the entire front line in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, officials in Kyiv said, as Russia's President Vladimir Putin accused the West of using Ukrainians as "cannon fodder" in its quest for global dominance. Putin also said, without elaborating, that Russia would probably have to do a deal over Ukraine someday while accusing France and Germany of betrayal over past efforts to bring peace to eastern Ukraine. In a sign of Russia's clampdown on public dissent since it invaded Ukraine on February 24, a Moscow court sentenced opposition politician Ilya Yashin to eight and a half…
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Russia attacks in east Ukraine but Kremlin appears to limit war ambition

Russia attacks in east Ukraine but Kremlin appears to limit war ambition

RUSSIAN forces attacked settlements in eastern Ukraine from the ground and air, officials said, in support of the Kremlin's apparently scaled-back ambition of only securing the bulk of Ukrainian lands it has claimed in the war. Fighting was underway along the entire line of demarcation in the Donetsk region, with the frontline town of Avdiivka shelled by Russian tanks on Thursday morning, said Tatiana Ignatchenko, a spokeswoman for the regional administration. Near the city of Lysychansk, Russia deployed more troops to try to capture the village of Bilohorivka, Ukraine's governor of the Luhansk region said, while a commander in another fought-over settlement…
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Multiple Russian strikes kill at least two in Ukrainian city of Sloviansk – officials

Multiple Russian strikes kill at least two in Ukrainian city of Sloviansk – officials

SIMON LEWIS RUSSIAN forces struck a market and a residential area in the city of Sloviansk in eastern Ukraine, killing at least two people and injuring seven, according to officials. A Reuters reporter on the scene saw yellow smoke billowing up from an auto supplies shop at the market, and flames engulfed rows of market stalls as firefighters tried to extinguish the blaze. It was not immediately clear what munitions had been used in the attack on the frontline city in the Donetsk region, or how many people had been at the market when it was hit. "Russians again deliberately…
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Death and devastation as Russian rockets hit Ukraine apartment block

Death and devastation as Russian rockets hit Ukraine apartment block

ANNA VOITENKO and MAX HUNDER AT least 15 people were killed and two dozen more are feared trapped after Russian Uragan rockets hit a five-storey apartment block in Ukraine's Donetsk region, local officials said on Sunday as rescuers picked their way through rubble. Ukraine also reported clashes with Russian troops on fronts in the east and south, while Moscow said its forces struck Ukrainian army hangars storing U.S.-produced M777 howitzers, a type of artillery, near Kostyantynivka in Donetsk region. Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said the strike on the apartment building took place on Saturday evening in the town of Chasiv…
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