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Russia drives to cut off key towns in Ukraine’s east

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By Pavel Polityuk and Max Hunder KYIV/KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (Reuters) -Russia launched a fresh assault before dawn on Wednesday on the easternmost Ukrainian-held city in the battlefield Donbas region, threatening to close off the last main escape route for civilians trapped in the path of the advance. After failing to seize Kyiv or Ukraine’s second city Kharkiv, Russia is trying to take full control of the Donbas, comprised of two eastern provinces Moscow claims on behalf of separatists. Russia has poured thousands of troops into the region, attacking from three sides in the hope of encircling U…

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