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Ukraine forces advance near Kyiv; Russia hints at scaled-back war aims

Moscow hinted it was scaling back its ambitions in Ukraine to focus on territory claimed by Russian-backed separatists as Ukrainian forces went on the offensive, recapturing towns on outskirts of Kyiv

A pedestrian looks at a cloud of smoke rising after an explosion in Lviv, Western Ukraine. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
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A pedestrian looks at a cloud of smoke rising after an explosion in Lviv, Western Ukraine. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

ReutersAP Lviv/Kyiv
Moscow signalled on Friday it was scaling back its ambitions in Ukraine to focus on territory claimed by Russian-backed separatists as Ukrainian forces went on the offensive, recapturing towns on the outskirts of the capital Kyiv.

In the month since they launched their invasion of Ukraine, Russian troops have failed to capture any major city. Their assault has met stiff resistance from President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's forces and been halted at the gates of Kyiv.

Battlelines near Kyiv have been frozen for weeks with two main Russian armoured columns stuck northwest and east of the capital. A British intelligence report described a Ukrainian

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First Published: Mar 26 2022 | 12:01 AM IST

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