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Another Defeat in Ukraine Undermines Putin’s ‘Forever’ Goals

  • Russian troops withdraw from Lyman, strategic town in Donetsk
  • More Russian bloggers criticize Moscow’s war tactics
Vladimir Putin gives a speech during a ceremony annexing four regions of Ukraine, in Moscow, on Sept. 30.
Vladimir Putin gives a speech during a ceremony annexing four regions of Ukraine, in Moscow, on Sept. 30.Photographer: Gavriil Grigorov/AFP/Getty Images
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A new operational defeat for Russia’s forces -- this time in a strategic eastern Ukrainian town -- casts further doubt on the “forever” annexation of four occupied regions by President Vladimir Putin.