Mortars, artillery and small arms fire as battle for Bakhmut rages

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By Mike Collett-White NEAR BAKHMUT, Ukraine (Reuters) – From a mortar position behind a ridge beyond which frontline Ukrainian and Russian troops face off outside the hotly contested city of Bakhmut, a crew adjusted its weapons before firing off seven rounds. The impact of each could be heard in the distance seconds later, while the constant boom of outgoing and incoming artillery fire filled the air on Thursday in attritional warfare that has marked the last several months in the area. The crackle of small arms fire was also clearly audible some 1.5-2.0 km from the frontlines, not far from a …

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