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Ukrainian forces near Bakhmut
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1. Ukraine generals say fight for Bakhmut draining Russian army

Top Ukrainian generals said Monday their soldiers would stay and fight Russia's army for the besieged eastern city of Bakhmut to drain Russia's resources before an expected Ukrainian counteroffensive, The New York Times reported Monday. Ukraine's strategists believe the costly fight for Bakhmut, where Russia is making slow progress by sending waves of mercenaries into heavy fire, is stalling Russian forces as Ukraine prepares to receive promised tanks, long-range precision rockets, and other advance weapons from the West that military experts have said could help turn the tide of the war, now in its second year. Ukrainian officials say a weakened Russian military will be unable to prevent Ukraine, bolstered with new arms, from retaking occupied territory in other parts of the country.

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.