Russia, Ukraine battle for Bakhmut; ICC seeks war crime arrest warrants

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By Mike Collett-White NEAR KREMINNA, Ukraine (Reuters) -Ukraine’s future hinges on the outcome of battles in the east, including in and around Bakhmut, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said, with both sides describing brutal fighting in the small city as Russia intensifies a winter campaign to capture it. The ruined mining town of Bakhmut has become the focus of Russia’s invasion, with the months-long fight for it becoming Europe’s bloodiest infantry battle since World War Two. “It is very tough in the east – very painful,” Zelenskiy said in a Monday video address that he has held nightly since R…

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