Russia Is Racing to Cement Its Control in Southern Ukraine

The Kremlin says it has rebuilt rail and road links to Crimea, while appointing proxy officials in an effort to create facts on the ground.

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

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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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Russia Planned Major Military Reforms. Ukraine Shows the Result.

Russia wanted to build a leaner, more flexible fighting force and eliminate waste, bureaucracy and corruption. But entrenched, Soviet-era practices endure.

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Russia’s War Lacks a Battlefield Commander, U.S. Officials Say

Poor logistics and flagging morale have plagued a disjointed military campaign in Ukraine, according to American officials and independent analysts.

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As Russia Stalls in Ukraine, Dissent Brews Over Putin’s Leadership

Military losses have mounted, progress has slowed, and a blame game has begun among some Russian supporters of the war.

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The U.K. targets more oligarchs and Putin allies with sanctions.

More than 370 people are being penalized, including Russia’s prime minister, a former president and the Kremlin’s press secretary.

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European Sanctions Target Putin’s Inner Circle

The list appears to have been compiled in coordination with American officials, who were drawing up their own set of sanctions.

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Tone of Ukraine Crisis Shifts as Russia Signals Openness to Talk More

Diplomacy is “far from exhausted,” Russia’s foreign minister said, while President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine said the prospect of his country joining NATO might be just a “dream.”

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In Russia, a Military Buildup That Can’t be Missed

Russia’s massing of tanks and infantry along its southwestern border with Ukraine was meant to send a message, analysts say.

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