On Ukraine front, civilians cling on as troops repel Russia

The town of Vuhledar has become one of the deadliest hot spots on the largely static front line between Ukrainian and Russian forces that stretches hundreds of kilometers (miles) in eastern Ukraine. Its ruins have joined Bakhmut, Marinka and other cities and towns as evidence of a grinding and destructive war of attrition. They also have become symbols of Ukrainian resistance. In the rubble, civilians cling on, too. A mother and her daughter have survived by collecting water from a drainpipe, exposing themselves to Russian artillery strikes. Marking the anniversary Sunday of Russia’s occupation of the Crimean Peninsula in 2014, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed confidence his country would regain all its territor