Ukrainian Army Leaving Battered City for Fortified Positions

The planned withdrawal from Sievierodonetsk comes after relentless Russian bombardment that has reduced most of the industrial city to rubble.

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The sculpture of prominent Italian poet Dante Alighieri, is protected by sandbags, on Vladimir's Hill in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, June 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — After weeks of ferocious fighting, Ukrainian forces have begun retreating from a besieged city in the country’s east to move to stronger positions, a regional governor said Friday, the four-month mark in Russia’s invasion. The planned withdrawal from Sievierodonetsk, the administrative center of the Luhansk region, comes after relentless Russian bombardment that has reduced most of the industrial city to rubble and cut its population from 100,0000 to 10,000. Ukrainian troops…

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