Updated Jun 3, 2022 - Podcasts

5. Putin's Invasion Part V: The Fight for the Donbas

Photo illustration of a Ukrainian soldier with a map of Ukraine and the Donbas region in the background

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Narciso Contreras/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

In part five of How it Happened: Putin’s Invasion, Axios' Dave Lawler zooms into the frontlines of the war, seen through the eyes of a journalist who has been covering the war there and a soldier who has been fighting there, both since 2014.

  • Why it matters: The battle to defend this region, which has been partially controlled by pro-Russian separatists since 2014, will determine the outcome of this war.
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