Russia’s war on Ukraine latest: Ukraine opts to fight on in Bakhmut

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(Reuters) – Ukraine has decided to fight on in the ruined city of Bakhmut because the battle there is pinning down Russia’s best units and degrading them ahead of a planned Ukrainian spring counter-offensive, an aide to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said. FIGHTING * Russian mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin said on Friday his Wagner private army had opened recruitment centres in 42 cities as he seeks to replenish its ranks after heavy losses in fighting for Bakhmut. DIPLOMACY, WEAPONS * The European Union could soon top up the fund used for purchasing weapons for Ukraine by 3.5 billion euros (…

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