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In Russia’s battle for eastern Ukraine, both sides have higher stakes at stake

Russia’s strategy to seize territory in Ukraine’s Donbass region has implications far beyond the battlefield.

Over the past month, troops from Moscow have pushed to expand and consolidate areas they hold in far eastern Ukraine, with the aim of trapping Ukrainian troops along the way. The Russian forces, having scaled back their earlier ambitions of a broad thrust, advanced unleashing intense artillery fire and air attacks in limited areas, with the aim of repelling the Ukrainian defenders. Moscow wants to demonstrate that its military power can seize and retain territory.


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