In a Summer of Feints, Russia and Ukraine Try to Predict Enemy’s Next Move

Ukraine says that announcing a planned offensive on the southern front has paid off in the eastern Donbas region, as both sides deploy forces based on guessing each other’s next moves.

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In My Homeland, the Smell of Death on a Summer Afternoon

In Ukraine, tragedies are a backdrop to everyday existence, piling up in numbers that seem inconceivable, an inescapable reality that feels like the very air in your lungs.

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Ukraine Builds a Case That Killing of P.O.W.s Was a Russian War Crime

At a Russian-held prison, graves were dug days before the explosion that killed at least 50 Ukrainian troops held there, Ukrainian officials said.

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The Hunt Is On for ‘War Trophies’ in Ukraine

Collectors across the country are seeking pieces of shrapnel, bits of bombs and even the uniforms of dead Russians. It’s part of an urge to feel more directly connected to the cause.

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Russia Signals That It May Want a Bigger Chunk of Ukraine

A top Russian official said Moscow may extend its territorial claims to include not just the east of Ukraine but also parts of the south.

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The War in Ukraine Is the True Culture War

With Russia trying to erase Ukraine’s national identity, the fight to preserve, and build upon, Ukraine’s artistic heritage has taken on new urgency.

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Ukraine’s Demands for More Weapons Clash With U.S. Concerns

Pulling Ukrainians out of battle to train them could accelerate Russia’s gains, officials say. The Pentagon is also monitoring the levels of its own stockpiles.

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Russia Steps Up Attacks on Civilian Areas, Even With Advance Paused

Russian forces in eastern Ukraine are regrouping, with a new offensive expected, but they continue to rain death and destruction on cities and towns.

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As Russia Looms, a Ukrainian City’s Loyalties Divide

Most residents have fled the eastern city of Sloviansk before an expected Russian assault. About half of the 23,000 remaining are eager to welcome the invaders.

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Ukraine’s Herculean Task: Helping Millions Whose Homes Are in Ruins or Russia’s Hands

Millions of Ukrainians have fled their homes as Russia has slowly advanced in the east. Many may not have a home to go back to when the war is over.

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As Russia Moves on Another Province, Ukrainians Leave Ghost Towns Behind

Vast stretches of eastern Ukraine are now largely devoid of people and industry. If Ukraine is ever to have a vibrant postwar future, it is unlikely to sprout from these ruins.

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‘Get the Stretcher!’ Life and Death on Ukraine’s Front Line.

On another day of scorched-earth artillery barrages in the east, a team of Ukrainian medics did their best to stabilize and assure the survivors, with the din of war all around.

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Russia Advances Behind Brutal Barrage, but Will Its Strategy Keep Working?

The Russian and Ukrainian armies have both been badly mauled, raising questions about how long they can keep fighting as they have, particularly the outgunned Ukrainians.

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Why the City of Lysychansk Is a Big Prize in Putin’s War Strategy

Controlling the cities of Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk means Russia could position its forces to mount offensives on cities to the southwest.

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On Front Lines, Communication Breakdowns Prove Costly for Ukraine

The Ukrainian Army has tried to modernize, but still falls short in coordination among units, so they often fight independently of one another — with sometimes deadly results.

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Ukraine’s Coal Miners Struggle While Russia Bombs From Above

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Ukraine Retreats From Sievierodonetsk, as Russia Grinds On

With the withdrawal from Sievierodonetsk, the fighting shifts to neighboring Lysychansk, the last city in the Luhansk region still under Ukrainian control.

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Russia Gains in the East, Threatening to Overrun Luhansk

The seizure of three strategic villages confronts Ukrainian commanders with a grim choice: fight on and risk encirclement or retreat and lose the last major centers in the region.

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U.S. Officials Predict Path of War in Ukraine

As Russia makes slow but steady progress, the arrival of new weapons systems will help Ukraine hang onto territory, U.S. officials and analysts say.

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Russia’s Blockade of Ukraine Is ‘War Crime,’ Top E.U. Official Says

The remarks by the official, Josep Borrell Fontelles, were among the strongest language from a Western leader in describing the Kremlin’s tactics to subjugate Ukraine.

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Russian Forces Tighten Noose Around Important Cities in Ukraine’s East

The area around Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk is about three-quarters encircled by Russians, leaving only a slender gap there for Ukrainian troops to maneuver.

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Russians Breached This City,Not With Troops, but Propaganda

As they batter towns and cities in Ukraine with artillery, the Russians are also bombarding them with messaging aimed at eroding Ukrainians’ trust in their military and their government.

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A brutal urban artillery battle sends civilians running in the east.

Heavy volleys between Russian forces taking control of Sievierodonetsk and Ukrainian forces in a neighboring city are leaving wreckage and growing desperation for the residents stuck there.

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A Link to Besieged Ukrainians Is Cut, as Allies Question Strategy

The last bridge to the city of Sievierodonetsk fell as street battles raged, and some Western officials questioned Ukraine’s ability to keep resisting the Russian onslaught.

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On Russia, Europe Weighs Competing Goals: Peace and Punishment

Arming Ukraine is not turning the tide. Is the answer vastly more weapons, as Ukraine says, or a bitter truce?

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Tough Questions for West as Ukraine Cities Teeter

Sievierodonetsk is nearly encircled. Lysychansk may be next. The momentum of the war has shifted, and Ukraine’s allies may soon start rethinking their goals.

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Shortage of Artillery Ammo Saps Ukrainian Frontline Morale

Shells for Soviet-era weapons are running short, and powerful Western weapons are not arriving fast enough to make up the difference, giving Russia a big advantage in artillery.

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‘Dead Cities’ Become the Flashpoint for the Fierce War in the East

President Volodymyr Zelensky has framed the battle in Sievierodonetsk as pivotal to the broader fight for the Donbas. Amid relentless Russian attacks, Ukraine holds on and waits for Western weapons.

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As Russia tries to solidify its ‘land bridge,’ Ukraine attempts to push back in the south.

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In Ukraine, Evacuating the Vulnerable Amid the Terror of War

As Russian forces bear down on eastern Ukraine, a small army of volunteers is racing to bring to safety those unable to care for themselves.

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U.S. Lacks a Clear Picture of Ukraine’s War Strategy, Officials Say

Intelligence agencies know far more about Russia’s military, even as the United States ships billions of dollars in weapons to the Ukrainians.

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Ukraine’s Dilemma: Fight to Hold a Ravaged City, or Pull Back

Sievierodonetsk, now site of the most intense combat, is “dead,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said, but letting it go might be worse than shedding blood to hold it.

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As War Approaches 100th Day, Russia Now Controls a Fifth of Ukraine

While President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged Russian gains, Ukrainian forces pressed a counteroffensive in the south.

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Russian Military Is Repeating Mistakes in Eastern Ukraine, U.S. Says

President Vladimir V. Putin sent in a new commander in April, but Russian troops are still facing morale and other problems, American officials say.

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Even as Russia Bears Down in the East, Some Ukrainians Stay Behind

The Russian offensive grinds on, but not everyone is leaving the eastern Donbas region.

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Europe agrees to ban most Russian oil imports.

A draft of the agreement allows pipeline imports, in a nod to Hungary’s complaints, but would be the toughest action yet over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Russia Edges Closer to Seizing Key City in Eastern Ukraine

Russian and Ukrainian forces were locked in street-by-street fighting in Sievierodonetsk, Kyiv’s last foothold in Luhansk Province.

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A Putin Opponent From Russia Leads Fighters Against His Home Country

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How Does It End? Fissures Emerge Over What Constitutes Victory in Ukraine

Differing objectives foreshadow a coming debate about what position President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine and his Western allies would take if negotiations to end the conflict finally get going.

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Russian Forces Pummel Key Eastern Ukraine Town

With enemy forces massed on three sides, the residents of Sievierodonetsk are at the heart of the battle.

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American Artillery Enters the Fight in Ukraine

The most lethal weapons the West has provided so far to Ukraine are now deployed in combat. And they have buoyed the Ukraine army’s hopes for victory.

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American Heavy Artillery Enters the Fight in Ukraine

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Forced Out of Kharkhiv, Russian Troops Regroup and Dig in

Outside of Kharkiv, Russian forces are entrenching themselves for the long haul. “There is a whole underground city there,” a Ukrainian officer said.

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