Russian forces keep up pressure as Ukraine anniversary nears

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As we creep ever closer to the February 24th, anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation, Moscow continues to keep up the pressure on the front lines in and around the southern and eastern parts of the former Soviet satellite. The following comes from the Associated Press:

Russian forces are keeping Ukrainian troops tied down with attacks in the eastern Donbas region as Moscow assembles additional combat power there for an expected offensive in the coming weeks, Ukrainian officials said Monday.

Intense fighting that has been raging for weeks continued around the city of Bakhmut and the nearby towns of Soledar and Vuhledar, Ukraine’s presidential office said.

They are located in the Donetsk region, which with neighboring Luhansk region makes up the Donbas, an industrial area bordering Russia.