Cunning counter-offensive tactics in Severodonetsk reportedly caught Russian soldiers by surprise.
The Ukrainian military is now fighting to consolidate recent gains in the contested city, a key objective for the Russian army.
Russia has so far failed to achieve any of its intended objectives in Ukraine after being beaten back everywhere. If they now fail to decisively take Severodonetsk, this defeat is likely to trigger the end for Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose ailing health might be used as a convenient excuse to have him quietly dealt with by his own people.
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