Ukraine Enters New Phase of War With Russia: Dig, Dig, Dig

Ukraine’s military is struggling to respond to Russian probing attacks amid a shortage of ammunition and personnel.

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Under pressure after recent battlefield losses, Kyiv is bracing for a Russian spring offensive

POKROVSK, Ukraine—Russia is attacking Ukrainian forces at several points along the 600-mile front line as it seeks to capitalize on its recent capture of the eastern city of Avdiivka, its first major battlefield victory in months.

Moscow knows Ukrainian units are short on fresh soldiers and ammunition. The U.S. and Europe are failing to rearm Kyiv quickly. Ukrainian officials and military commanders say Russia’s current tactic of probing attacks is meant to take advantage of Moscow’s battlefield initiative before what they see as a likely major Russian offensive as early as this spring.

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