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A column by Abby Zimet
A column by Abby Zimet

Ukraine's Battle of the Somme: Cold, Mud, Dirt and Blood

As Russia's brutal, little-heeded war against Ukraine lurches on, grim images have emerged on social media of Ukrainian soldiers caught in the bloody quagmire around Bakhmut, an eastern city that has devolved into a ravaged landscape of ghostly trees, artillery craters, besieged elderly civilians and on-edge forces hunched under endless barrages in a muddy, freezing, deadlocked trench warfare that some have called "the new Passchendaele." Over 100 years ago, H.G. Wells trumpeted "the war that will end war." "We are resolved," he said. "That foolery shall end! It is the last war.” Alas, not.

Abby Zimet · Nov 28, 2022

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