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Russians march on foot to advance yards in bloody eastern Ukraine battle

By Thomas Grove

08 Dec 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

The battle for the town of Bakhmut has become a bloodbath. But Putin needs a battlefield victory to tout, so he’s willing to sacrifice a lot of blood and treasure to win. The WSJ reports.

BAKHMUT, Ukraine—Oleksander Matviyenko, a junior officer in the Ukrainian army here on one of the most hotly contested front lines of the war, fights off Russian attacks with other defenders nearly every day. But they keep on coming.

“We shoot at them, they send more. It doesn’t end,” said Lt. Matviyenko, 26, a yellow-and-blue Ukrainian flag patched onto his olive-green uniform. “There’s so many of them.”

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