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Russia-Ukraine war news: Ukrainian forces to double down in Bakhmut, Zelensky says

President Volodymyr Zelesnky said on Monday that he intends to hold the line in Bakhmut, where a grinding battle of attrition rages over a city that has come to assume outsized, symbolic weight, even as experts warn that it holds little strategic significance.

Russian troops and Wagner Group mercenaries are pushing toward Ukrainian positions and have nearly encircled the city. The decision not to withdraw Ukraine’s troops to fallback positions “was unanimously backed” by top commanders, Zelesnky said in his nightly address Monday, which was geared toward dispelling any reports of dissension in the ranks. “There were no other opinions.”

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