Opinion: Putin has blown Bakhmut to smithereens. Why does he want it this badly?

Just over a year ago the final Ukrainian soldiers left the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, ending a nearly three-month siege of the city by Russian forces. The Ukrainian troops’ mission – to tie Russian forces up in the city for as long as possible and kill as many of them as possible in the process – was complete. Ukraine pulled off a similar trick in Severodonetsk and Lysychansk, twin cities on either side of the Donets River, during May and June…

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Convicted paedophile and former entertainer Rolf Harris dies aged 93

Rolf Harris death: Latest news as disgraced paedophile TV host dies aged 93