Russia Gains Ground in Bid to Encircle Troops Defending Ukraine’s East

KYIV, Ukraine — Russian forces made fresh gains in fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region Friday, engaging in street battles in the city of Severodonetsk, as Moscow brought to bear its advantage in firepower on outgunned Ukrainian defenders.

Ukrainian troops have withdrawn from Lyman, the latest Donbas city to fall to Russian forces in the region in recent days, Ukrainian officials said. These Russian advances, if they continue, could encircle a large grouping of Ukrainian forces fighting in the easternmost part of Ukrainian-administered Donbas.

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