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Defending Bakhmut: How Ukraine Is Countering The Russian Offensive In The Donbas

In June, after the Russian Army entered Syevyerodonetsk, which was the largest city in the Luhansk region controlled by Kyiv at the time, the defense lines of the Ukrainian Army shifted and stretched to the outskirts of the city of Bakhmut in neighboring Donetsk. Given that this location serves as a junction with roads in many directions -- Lysychansk, Horlivka, Kostiantynivka, and Kramatorsk -- it has become a vital, strategic area that Russian forces are trying to capture. RFE/RL photojournalists have been recording events as both sides engage in battle.

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Serhiy Nuzhnenko

Serhiy Nuzhnenko is a photojournalist for RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service.

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Maryan Kushnir

Maryan Kushnir has worked as a correspondent for RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service in Kyiv since 2015. He has extensive experience covering breaking news, including the conflict in eastern Ukraine. His footage from the front lines has been picked up by many international TV outlets. He has also extensively covered the COVID-19 pandemic, including reporting from within the country's intensive care units.