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    Ukraine Official Says Russia Massing Forces Around a Key City in the Country’s East

    Ukraine Official Says Russia Massing Forces Around a Key City in the Country's East

    — Russia is accumulating large forces around Chasiv Yar in eastern Ukraine as it seeks to make a breakthrough in the Donetsk region, a Ukrainian official said Friday.

    Illia Yevlash, spokesperson for the operational group overseeing the eastern front line, told Radio Free /Radio Liberty that Russian forces were concentrating efforts to make a powerful push on the key strategic to the west of Bakhmut, which fell to last May, hoping to to advance toward Kostiantynivka, Kramatorsk and Sloviansk.

    Ukrainian forces battling Russian efforts to advance in the Bakhmut direction say they have been experiencing a large Russian push over the last three weeks and are facing constant attacks as Moscow troops send in wave after wave of infantry and target them with a variety of artillery and drones.

    With the full-scale war now into its third year, Russian forces have been bludgeoning some Ukrainian defensive positions into submission, deploying overwhelming amounts of artillery and troop numbers in an effort to punch through defensive lines at targeted points.

    Though Russia's gains have been small, slow and costly, Ukraine doesn't have enough reservists and has a severe shortage of artillery shells as the supply of military aid from Western partners has waned.

    During a visit to Ukraine's eastern Kharkiv region on Friday, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and President Voldymyr Zelenskyy signed a bilateral…

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