Live updates: Fears of a ‘second Mariupol’ as Russia tightens grip in the east

Firefighters in Ukraine’s eastern town of Bakhmut were containing a fire in a warehouse hit by a missile on May 27. (Video: Reuters)

Updated May 27, 2022 at 9: 48 p.m. EDT|Published

May 27, 2022 at 2: 37 a.m. EDT

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Russian troops and allied forces made steady gains in eastern Ukraine Friday, seizing a strategic railway hub and advancing on other cities at the center of the contested Donbas region.

The battlefield losses have raised concerns in Washington, where the Biden administration was preparing to send advanced long-range rocket systems to Ukraine, according to U.S. officials.

Russia’s progress, while incremental, has solidified its control over most of Luhansk, a key territory in the east. These moves brought Vladimir Putin closer towards his goal to capture both Luhansk and Donetsk

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