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Ukraine builds barricades, digs trenches as focus shifts to defence

Ukrainian military engineer with the call sign "Lynx" inspects a freshly dug trench that his unit built as part of a system of new fortifications near the front lines outside Kupiansk, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, on 28th December, 2023

Near Kupiansk, Ukraine Reuters Rows of white concrete barricades and coils of razor wire stretch across an open field for more than a kilometre. Trenches with rudimentary living quarters are being dug under cover of darkness. Artillery rumbles not far away. New defensive lines visited by Reuters near the north-eastern city of Kupiansk on 28th […]

Russia tries to close ring around Bakhmut as thawing ground turns to mud

Ukrainian service members are seen next to armoured vehicles near the frontline town of Bakhmut, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Donetsk region, Ukraine February 25, 2023.

Donetsk Province, Ukraine Reuters Russian forces were trying to close their circle around the small mining city of Bakhmut on Monday, while rain and an early spring thaw turned eastern Ukraine’s battlefields to mud which could hamper both sides as they try to take the initiative. The spring thaw, known as the rasputitsa, has a […]