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Ukraine: Russia withdraws from Kharkiv; war’s length to depend on allies

Russian troops are withdrawing from Ukraine’s second-largest city after weeks of heavy bombardment, the Ukrainian military said Saturday as Kyiv and Moscow’s forces engaged in a grinding battle for the country’s east. Ukraine’s general staff said the Russians were pulling back from the northeastern city of Kharkiv and focusing on guarding supply routes, while launching mortar, artillery and airstrikes in the eastern Donetsk region in order to “deplete Ukrainian forces and destroy fortifications.” Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said Ukraine was “entering a new – long-term – phase of the war.” The developments come as Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his nightly address Friday that although Ukrainians are doing everything they can to resist and drive out Russia, “no one today can predict how long this war will last.” Zelenskyy went on to say it would depend on the assistance offered by Ukrainian allies, calling on “our partners, on European countries, on the entire free world.”

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