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Frontline report: Ukraine unleashes intense drone strikes, decimating Russian breakthrough near Ocheretyne [Video]

Day 820: 23 May

On 23 May, there were many developments in the Avdiivka direction. Here, Ukrainians haven’t halted the Russian breakthrough and commenced counterattacks to regain lost positions. The main Russian objective to the west of Avdiivka is to take control over the Ukrainian City and headquarters of Pokrovsk.

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Ukrainians have established numerous defensive lines to defend the city. As Russians had taken huge losses in attacking the Ukrainian lines head-on, they attempted to utilize their breakthrough near Ocheretyne to outflank the Ukrainian defenses and collapse the front line. Over the past month, Russian forces have leveraged their breakthrough near Ocheretyne to take control over as many settlements as possible.

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Ukrainians initially still suffering from a significant shortage of artillery shells, utilized intense drone strikes to hold the Russian momentum. At the same time the Russian offensive effort near Chasiv Yar and Kharkiv limited the Russian ability to reinforce their losses in the …

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President Biden faces world stage test at NATO summit [Video]

President Biden will be wrapping up a busy week at the NATO summit, addressing leaders with final remarks and a press conference Thursday. He'll also speak to concerns over the Ukraine war with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.But Biden is also facing challenges to prove himself worthy of reelection. On Wednesday, a ninth House Democrat joined a list of lawmakers calling to end his campaign. While some have expressed doubt, other lawmakers have publicly voiced support for Biden. "When Donald Trump was president, we had four bad years. Joe Biden had one bad debate night, but he's had three-and-a-half great years of accomplishing good things for our country," said Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware and the Biden Campaign co-chair.Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, is among those who think Biden should abandon his campaign."You stepped up and saved the country from Donald Trump in 2020. Don't let this be your legacy that you refused to step down," Smith said.Others have remained vague on the matter."My conversations right now are focused on the caucus and making sure everybody has an opportunity to be heard," House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries said.Meanwhile, Vermont Sen. Peter Welch became the first Senate Democrat to call on Biden to withdraw. Welch said he made the decision "with sadness."But there are more opportunities for Biden to prove himself.In a Wednesday morning phone call with over 200 Democratic mayors, Biden laid out plans to support cities and answered questions. Despite concerns over his campaign, at least a few mayors publicly expressed their support following the call.Biden will also hold a campaign stop in Michigan on Friday and appear in a TV interview with NBC News next week.