Ukraine clings to Bakhmut; Russia says it battles saboteurs in cross-border raid

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By Leonardo Bennasatto and Lisi Niesner CHASIV YAR, Ukraine (Reuters) -Ukrainian forces hung on to positions in the ruined eastern city of Bakhmut on Thursday, while Moscow said its security forces were battling Ukrainian saboteurs who had taken hostages in a cross-border raid. Moscow said a group of armed Ukrainians had crossed into Russia’s Bryansk province, fired on a car killing a civilian, and were holding hostages in a shop near the border. An aide to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy called the reports a provocation by Moscow, but also implied some form of attack had indeed been c…

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