The Ukrainian city has resisted heavy Russian attacks since the summer, but Wagner’s mercenaries appear to have gained ground around Bakhmut against Kiev’s forces.
Since Moscow’s troops and tanks rolled into Ukraine in February, the war has seen many twists and turns.
Sergei Surovikin is a general who played a prominent role in Russia’s past battles from Chechnya to Syria. Now he will lead Russian forces in Ukraine.
In a clear message to Russia, the USS Gerald R. Ford will patrol North Atlantic waters along with several other ships from the Western alliance.
Some experts argue that the US, rather than Russia, has both the capability and motive to carry out last week’s alleged sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines.
Experts say several other countries have also mobilised reserves during past engagements when wars lasted longer than expected.
Chinese media coverage of the Ukraine crisis resembles Russian media, accusing the US and its Western allies of triggering Moscow’s offensive on Kiev.
Authorities fear some 300 may have died in a Russian strike on a theatre sheltering civilians, as the US and the EU mount pressure on Moscow by announcing a drive to wean Europe off Russian gas imports.
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