Fighting is intense in Bakhmut, where Russian forces have taken control of eastern parts of the city. As Ukraine attempts to repel a new push, Ukraine’s deputy defense minister said the battle there was escalating. But an aide to President Volodymyr Zelensky sounded an optimistic note, saying the country aimed to tie up and wear down Russian troops in the battle.

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