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Ukraine says fight against Russian forces in Donbas at ‘maximum intensity’

A Ukrainian serviceman walks next to a damaged Ukrainian armored vehicle outside the city of Lysychansk in the eastern region of Donbas, on May 23, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Aris Messinis/AFP)
A Ukrainian serviceman walks next to a damaged Ukrainian armored vehicle outside the city of Lysychansk in the eastern region of Donbas, on May 23, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Aris Messinis/AFP)

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine says that fighting in the eastern Donbas region of the country has reached its fiercest level yet, as Russian forces pushed deeper into the industrial region.

“The fighting has reached its maximum intensity,” Ukraine’s Deputy Defence Minister Ganna Malyar tells a press briefing, warning that an “extremely difficult” and “long” period of combat lay ahead.

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