Why Ukraine fought Russia for every inch of Bakhmut, despite the terrible cost

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visit the memorial to victims of the Hiroshima nuclear bomb during the G7 summit in the city. Photo: Eugene Hoshiko/Reuters© REUTERS

Samya Kullab

The nine-month battle for Bakhmut has destroyed the 400-year-old city in eastern Ukraine and killed tens of thousands of people in a mutually devastating demonstration of Ukraine’s strategy of exhausting the Russian military.

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