Russia Faces Fierce Resistance in East Ukraine as War Drags on

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KYIV, Ukraine—Russia sent reinforcements to Severodonetsk, the site of fierce street fighting in recent days, as it pushed to capture the remainder of the strategically important city, Ukrainian officials said Saturday.

Russian forces stormed into Severodonetsk a week ago as part of a broader effort to control the eastern Donbas region, the focus of Moscow’s efforts after withdrawing troops from around the capital, Kyiv, and northern Ukraine in March.

Ukrainian forces have struggled to hold off Russian advances, which are backed by heavy artillery in the east, but are mounting resistance in Severodonetsk.

The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces said Russian units in Severodonetsk had been reinforced by the mobilization of further troops.

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Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank. - - PAULCRESPO.COM

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