Tag: Bakhmut (Ukraine)

Zelensky Makes Morale-Boosting Trip to Bakhmut

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, made a rare and defiant trip near the front line on Wednesday, personally thanking soldiers who have been fighting in the devastated eastern city of Bakhmut, which has become a potent symbol of Ukrainian resistance. The trip to the Bakhmut area came on a day when air- and […]

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Its Forces Under Siege, Ukraine Hits Distant, Russian-Held Crimea

KYIV, Ukraine — As swarms of Russian soldiers stormed Ukrainian lines in furious assaults around two cities in the east on Tuesday, Ukraine set the stage for its own advance by making strikes deep behind Russian lines, including what appeared to be a drone attack on a vital logistical hub in the occupied Crimean Peninsula. […]

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Defiant Putin Visits Mariupol, Second Stop in Tour of Occupied Ukraine

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia traveled to Mariupol, his second surprise visit to Russian-occupied territory in Ukraine this weekend, and a defiant gesture soon after an international court had issued a warrant for his arrest. Mr. Putin flew to Mariupol, a major Ukrainian industrial hub on the Azov Sea, by helicopter, the Kremlin said […]

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Putin Makes Surprise Visit to Occupied Ukraine

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia traveled to Mariupol, a surprise visit to the Ukrainian city that was the site of one of the bloodiest battles since Russia invaded last year, and the closest the Russian leader has been to the front lines in the east. Mr. Putin flew by helicopter from Crimea and then […]

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Ukraine Burns Through Ammunition in Bakhmut, Risking Future Fights

The Ukrainian military is firing thousands of artillery shells a day as it tries to hold the eastern city of Bakhmut, a pace that American and European officials say is unsustainable and could jeopardize a planned springtime campaign that they hope will prove decisive. The bombardment has been so intense that the Pentagon raised concerns […]

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Ukraine’s Allies Promise Weapons for Spring Counteroffensive

KYIV, Ukraine — The United States on Wednesday promised to “fully and quickly” give Ukraine the weapons required for a spring counteroffensive against Russia, addressing one of the most critical needs amid a global shortage of ammunition caused in part by the yearlong conflict. The intensity of the battles in Ukraine has strained the production […]

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True Liberation Eludes Kherson as Russian Shelling Intensifies in Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine — Three months after Ukrainians celebrated the expulsion of Russian forces from the city of Kherson, it is free of occupation but hardly at peace, a nebulous status that never seemed more clear than on Tuesday as Moscow suddenly stepped up its shelling there. Ukrainian officials said that Russian forces had bombarded towns […]

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Front Line Shifts in Russia and Ukraine’s Battle for Bakhmut, Analysts Say

Ukraine insisted on Saturday that its forces were fending off relentless Russian attacks in Bakhmut, even as analysts said that Moscow’s forces had captured most of the embattled city’s east and established a new front line cutting through its center. Gradual Russian advances and high Ukrainian casualties have fueled talk of a retreat from Bakhmut, […]

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Russia Blasts Ukrainian Cities, Including Biggest Use of Advanced Missiles

KYIV, Ukraine — Russia launched its biggest aerial barrage in weeks on Thursday, blasting targets across Ukraine with a diverse array of weapons, including its newest hypersonic missiles, in what it said was retaliation for an armed incursion into Russian territory last week. Volleys of missiles streaked into Kyiv and other cities overnight and in […]

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Satellite images show widespread destruction after heavy fighting in Bakhmut

Some of the clearest satellite imagery in weeks of the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut shows widespread damage to apartment buildings, bridges and industrial plants after weeks of heavy bombardments and street-by-street combat. One image, taken on Monday by Maxar Technologies, shows bridges across the Bakhmutovka River have been destroyed. The river divides the city and […]

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Ukraine Claims Bakhmut Battle Is Wagner’s ‘Last Stand’

KYIV, Ukraine — Russia’s Wagner mercenary group has been forced to use more of its professional recruits in Bakhmut to replace its depleted supply of enlisted prisoners, who are perishing by the thousands in the longest battle of the war, a Ukrainian official said on Tuesday. The claim suggested that Ukraine sees an opportunity, despite […]

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Ukraine Signals It Will Keep Battling for Bakhmut to Drain Russia

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s top generals want to bolster the defenses of the embattled eastern city of Bakhmut, the government said Monday, signaling that rather than retreat from the city, they will pursue a strategy of bleeding the Russian army in a battle of attrition before a planned Ukrainian counterattack. Ukraine has calculated that the […]

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Ukrainian Soldiers, Nearly Encircled, Push Russians Back

The commander, who uses the code name Duke, said Wagner used untrained prisoners in the first line of attack and then, after one or two hours, as the Ukrainian troops were tiring, sent special forces into the fray, attacking from the flanks. “It was very good tactics,” Duke said. The Kill Box But Ukraine has […]

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Ukraine Holds Off Russian Forces in Bakhmut As Fighting Intensifies

Russian forces have attacked Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine from three directions, the Ukrainian military said on Sunday, but have yet to complete an encirclement of the battered city that has become the focal point of Moscow’s latest offensive. The monthslong battle for Bakhmut — Russia’s longest-running sustained assault since the invasion began last year — […]

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Fight for Ukrainian City of Bakhmut Becomes a Battle Over Roads

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s military said on Saturday that it had beaten back multiple attacks in fighting around the partly encircled city of Bakhmut, which has come down to a yard-by-yard battle for the roads that are the vital lifelines of supply for the city’s defenders. Ukrainian soldiers inside the city are now encircled on […]

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As Ukraine Clings to Bakhmut, What’s Its Strategy and What’s at Stake?

The commander of Ukraine’s ground forces visited soldiers in Bakhmut for the second time in less than a week on Friday, a reflection of the precarious position Ukrainian forces find themselves in as they cling to their positions in the battered city. Col. Gen. Oleksandr Syrsky, the commander, ‌warned‌ in a statement that Russia was […]

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Ukraine Says Its Forces Are Holding On in Bakhmut

Ales Bialiatski in the defendants’ cage in a Minsk, Belarus, courtroom at the start of a hearing in January.Credit…Vitaly Pivovarchik/BelTA, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images A Belarusian court sentenced Ales Bialiatski, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in October for his decades of defending human rights in Belarus, to 10 years in prison […]

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Amid Rumors of an Impending Ukrainian Retreat from Bakhmut, the Information War Heats Up

BAKHMUT, Ukraine — As Russian forces launched assaults from multiple directions aimed at encircling Ukrainian soldiers in the eastern city of Bakhmut, the information campaign around the battle was also intensifying. Signs are mounting that Ukraine might be forced to retreat from the decimated city. But on Friday, Ukraine’s deputy defense minister, Hanna Maliar, accused […]

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Ukraine Reinforces Embattled Bakhmut, but Mission Is Unclear

Ukraine is sending reinforcements to the devastated eastern city of Bakhmut, leading more troops into a bloody crucible that has already cost both sides staggering losses, where Russian forces have gradually tightened their grip. A Ukrainian deputy defense minister, Hanna Maliar, said Wednesday that her government had begun deploying new fighters to Bakhmut, site of […]

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Ukraine Says It’s Sending Reinforcements to Bakhmut

Ukraine has sent reinforcements to Bakhmut, a senior Ukrainian official said on Wednesday, signaling the intensity of fighting in a city that has become a crucible in the east of the country as Russian forces gradually tighten their grip. Speaking on Ukrainian television, the official, Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar, did not say how many […]

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Russia’s New Offensive Sends Conscripts Into the Teeth of Ukraine’s Lines

LYMAN, Ukraine — Peering through an infrared scope, a Ukrainian soldier noticed some heads poking over a trench a few dozen yards away. “‘Are there any of our guys in front of us?’” he asked, according to an account of the ensuing firefight by fellow Ukrainian soldiers. There were not. Two Ukrainians crept forward into […]

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Prigozhin’s Feud With Russia’s Military Leaves Questions About Battlefield Results

On Tuesday, Yevgeny Prigozhin went further than he ever had in his public standoff with Russia’s military leaders, claiming the defense minister and the country’s most senior general were starving his private army of ammunition. He then accused them of treason for weakening his fighters at a crucial moment in the war in Ukraine. By […]

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Moscow’s Military Capabilities Are in Question After Failed Battle for Ukrainian City

KYIV, Ukraine — As Moscow steps up its offensive in eastern Ukraine, weeks of failed attacks on a Ukrainian stronghold have left two Russian brigades in tatters, raised questions about Russia’s military tactics and renewed doubts about its ability to maintain sustained, large-scale ground assaults. The battle for the city of Vuhledar, which has been […]

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NATO Allies Discuss Arms Supply for Ukraine as Battles Loom

As Ukraine urged its citizens to flee a hotly contested city in the east, the country’s allies worked on Tuesday to come up with ways to provide Kyiv with the basic supplies it will need for the larger battles looming ahead — especially artillery shells. The allies, meeting in Brussels, discussed ways to ramp up […]

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Guided Missile Killed U.S. Aid Worker in Ukraine, Video Shows

Roughly a minute after an American paramedic, Pete Reed, and a team of aid workers began tending to a wounded civilian in the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut on Feb. 2, they were attacked. Mr. Reed, a former U.S. Marine volunteering on the war’s front lines, was killed, and several of his colleagues were wounded. Volunteers […]

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As Russia Closes In on Bakhmut, Ukraine Bars Aid Workers From the City

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s military on Monday barred aid workers and civilians from entering Bakhmut, saying it was too perilous as Russian forces tightened their grip, in what could be a prelude to a Ukrainian withdrawal and the biggest tactical gain for the deeply troubled Russian invasion since July. But Ukraine’s military said it still […]

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‘Our Losses Were Gigantic’: Life in a Sacrificial Russian Assault Wave

LVIV, Ukraine — Creeping forward along a tree line late at night toward an entrenched Ukrainian position, the Russian soldier watched in horror as his comrades were mowed down by enemy fire. His squad of 10 ex-convicts advanced only a few dozen yards before being decimated. “We were hit by machine gun fire,” said the […]

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They Are Russians Fighting Against Their Homeland. Here’s Why.

The soldier knelt in the snow, aimed a rocket launcher and fired in the direction of Russian troops positioned about a mile away. He was set up at a Ukrainian firing position, and looked just like the other Ukrainian troops fighting south of the city of Bakhmut in one of the most brutal theaters of […]

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Wagner Fighters Claim to Capture Village Outside Bakhmut

Russian forces edged closer to Bakhmut on Sunday, claiming to capture a village on the outskirts of the strategic city in eastern Ukraine and hammering nearby settlements with tank rounds, mortar fire and artillery shells. The Wagner private military company, whose forces have been leading the brutal and monthslong Russian campaign to seize the city, […]

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Russia Launches Wave of Attack Drones on Ukrainian Infrastructure

Russia launched a new swarm of Iranian-made drones overnight, Ukraine’s Air Force said on Saturday, attacking critical infrastructure in several regions after unleashing a barrage of cruise missiles, antiaircraft missiles and drones on cities across Ukraine. The overnight drone attack caused serious damage to Ukraine’s already battered power grid, which Russia has repeatedly targeted in […]

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