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Russia launches 'Battle of Donbas' on eastern front, Ukraine says they ‘will fight second phase of war’

  • Russian forces attack along most of front line in east
  • Zelensky says Ukrainian forces will fight on
  • U.S. President Biden to talk to allies about help for Ukraine

Russian forces have launched their anticipated offensive in eastern Ukraine, attempting to push through defences along almost the entire front line early on Tuesday in what Ukrainian officials described as the second phase of the war.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia had begun the "Battle of Donbas" in the east and a "very large part of the entire Russian army is now focused on this offensive".

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