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Russian victories in eastern Ukraine spark debate over course of war

Arrival of more powerful weapons and fresh Ukrainian volunteers, combined with the steady attrition of Russian forces and equipment, suggests slow pace of movement on the battlefield favours Ukraine

A Ukrainian serviceman walks next to a building damaged by a Russian military strike, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in the town of Marinka, in Donetsk region (Photo: Reuters)
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A Ukrainian serviceman walks next to a building damaged by a Russian military strike, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in the town of Marinka, in Donetsk region (Photo: Reuters)

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Russian troops are making steady progress in Ukraine’s east on the back of more-concentrated artillery and air power, now controlling almost all of the Luhansk region and threatening to encircle thousands of Ukraine’s most experienced troops.
 
That is sparking fears that Russia could be poised for a bigger breakthrough, and leading to increasingly panicked calls from Kyiv for even more powerful offensive weapons.
 
Russia’s capture of a series of towns including Popasna means its forces hold 95% of the Luhansk region that makes up the northern half of the Donbas area. On Friday, Ukraine’s military command said Russian troops were

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First Published: May 28 2022 | 11:34 PM IST

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