Why are private military companies playing such a major role in Ukraine?

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Volunteers train with the Mozart Group in the Donetsk region of Ukraine
Volunteers train with the Mozart Group in the Donetsk region of Ukraine
(Image credit: Juan Barretto/Getty Images)

The battle for Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine is raging not only between the traditional militaries of both sides but also private military companies (PMCs) who are increasingly blurring the lines between soldiers and private armies.

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