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All eyes are on Kherson. In the first major Ukrainian offensive of the war, soldiers push towards the city, trying to retake it from Russian troops. It’s a key transport hub and river crossing, and getting it back would be a huge win for Ukraine.
NPR’s Kat Lonsdorf tells us the story of Vitaly, a 22-year-old student in Kherson. Since the fall of the city, he has sent voice memos to NPR detailing life under Russian occupation. Now he decided he had to go out.
And NPR’s Brian Mann travels near the front lines with Ukrainian forces pushing toward Kherson. It is a vast expanse of half-abandoned villages and agricultural fields, old industrial sites and dense forests, where the exact point of contact between Russian and Ukrainian troops is often blurred from day to day.
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This episode was produced by Connor Donevan, Kat Lonsdorf and Gabe O’Connor. It was edited by Patrick Jarenwattananon, Nishant Dahiya and Sami Yenigun. Our executive producer is Sami Yenigun.