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Ukraine Seeks to Retake the South, Tying Down Russian Forces

Ukraine has vowed to drive the Russians from the territory they have seized since the start of the invasion.

Ukraine has vowed to drive the Russians from the territory they have seized since the start of the invasion.

Photographer: Antolii Stepanov/AFP/Getty Images

(AP) -- Even as Moscow's war machine crawls across Ukraine's east, trying to achieve the Kremlin's goal of securing full control over the country's industrial heartland, Ukrainian forces are scaling up attacks to reclaim territory in the Russian-occupied south.

The Ukrainians have used American-supplied rocket launchers to strike bridges and military infrastructure in the south, forcing Russia to divert its forces from the Donbas in the east to counter the new threat.