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    Ukraine Bides Its Time in Its Counteroffensive, Trying to Stretch Russian Forces Before Striking

    Ukraine Bides Its Time in Its Counteroffensive, Trying to Stretch Russian Forces Before Striking

    The first phase of 's counteroffensive to recapture Russian-occupied territory began weeks ago without fanfare. Apart from claiming that its troops are edging forward, has not offered much detail on how it's going.

    Taking place mostly out of sight of impartial observers, the fighting in eastern and southern Ukraine pits troops equipped with new Western-supplied weapons against Kremlin forces that spent months digging formidable defenses and honing tactics.

    Here's a look at what's happening after more than 16 months of war:

    What are Ukraine's tactics?

    Fighting has intensified at multiple points along the 1,500-kilometer (930-mile) front line. Ukrainian forces are making steady progress along the northern and southern flanks of the wrecked of Bakhmut, which Russian forces have been occupying since May.

    Battles are also raging along the southern front in Zaporizhzhia, where Ukrainian forces are making minimal gains and coming up against formidable Russian fortifications.

    Hanna Maliar, Ukraine's deputy minister of defense, recently claimed that Kyiv's forces had destroyed six Russian ammunition depots in the space of 24 hours, a remark that hinted at Ukrainian tactics.

    “We inflict effective, painful and precise blows and bleed the occupier, for whom the lack of ammunition and fuel will sooner or later become fatal,” she said.

    Britain's top officer says that is Ukraine's first goal:…

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