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    Russia Pushes Advance on Bakhmut, Bolsters Defenses in South

    Russia Pushes Advance on Bakhmut, Bolsters Defenses in South

    KYIV, — Fierce battles raged outside Bakhmut as Russian forces pushed their advance on the eastern with heavy shelling and infantry attacks, Ukraine's presidential office said Monday, with at least five civilians killed and as many wounded in action across the war-torn country in the last 24 hours.

    The presidential office said the situation in Bakhmut's northern suburb of Paraskoviivka is “difficult” as Russian forces continued to pummel the area with “intense shelling and storming actions.” The nearby town of Vuhledar is also under heavy bombardment.

    Ukrainian soldiers began training on Leopard 2 battle tanks, Germany's Defense Ministry spokeswoman Nadine Krueger said in Berlin. Germany pledged to deliver 14 of the tanks to Ukraine by the end of March.

    Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg again urged Ukraine's Western allies to ramp up their military support. Asked Monday when he expects 's so-called spring offensive to begin, Stoltenberg said that “the reality is that we have seen the start already.”

    “For me, this just highlights the importance of timing. It's urgent to provide Ukraine with more weapons,” he told reporters in . Stoltenberg said that NATO sees “no sign whatsoever that President Putin is preparing for peace” and that arming Ukraine more quickly could save lives by bringing a quicker end to the conflict.

    Russian forces shelled a dozen cities and…

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