Russia is again on the offensive in Ukraine, having captured a strategic town in Donetsk and entered a small city nearby – but only after weeks of grueling, bloody ground warfare.
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Ukrainian forces have retaken control of Kherson city and surroundings after a Russian withdrawal, while Russia and allies have made much smaller advances along other parts of the frontline.
In the month or so leading up to Russia’s Kherson withdrawal, Ukrainian forces had already recaptured significant blocks of territory across four provinces, despite Russian claims of annexation.
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