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Russia Says Donbas Is Ukraine Focus in Possible Shift in Aim

  • Military comments may be effort to cover slow progress of war
  • Western officials say Russian advance has largely stalled
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The Russian military said it’s focusing efforts on taking full control of Ukraine’s Donbas region after a month of fighting that’s yielded limited territorial gains, potentially a sign Moscow may be backing away from hopes of taking larger swathes of the country.

With Kyiv-led forces having halted the invasion in many areas amid mounting Russian losses, a Ukrainian official also signaled that Russia is shifting tactics in stalled peace negotiations.