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Ukrainian soldiers led NPR's team into the forest in the "gray zone" where they dug one of the defensive trenches used to stall Russia's advance. Brian Mann/NPR hide caption

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In the 'gray zone' outside Kherson, Ukraine's soldiers pay a terrible price

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As Ukraine mounts its first major offensive against Russia, 29-year-old Col. Serhiy Shatalov leads a battalion of 600 men in some of the heaviest fighting. "This is war," he says. "You cannot predict nothing, absolutely nothing." Brian Mann/NPR hide caption

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A young officer hopes to turn the tide of war, as Ukraine fights to retake a key city

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Ukraine's army is waging its 1st major offensive against Russia to retake Kherson

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Ukraine's army faces a big test in the war: trying to retake the city of Kherson

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Ukrainian officials fired after probe shows their workers collaborated with Russia

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Russian missile attack in Ukraine leaves at least 24 dead, including 4-year-old

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Updates from Vinnitsyia, Ukraine after a deadly rocket attack

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Firefighters remove rubble following a Russian airstrike in the central city of Vinnytsia on Thursday that Ukrainian officials said killed more than 20 people and injured dozens more. Sergei Supinsky/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A Russian strike on a humanitarian hub is part of a pattern, Ukrainian officials say

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A sunrise trek to a fire tower in N.Y.'s Adirondack Mountains

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Watching the sun rise from a mountain summit is a special summer delight. To make it happen, you have to start the hike in the dark. Brian Mann/NPR hide caption

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A sunrise trek to a mountain fire tower

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A mountain tower in the Adirondacks lets visitors see more than wildfires

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Federal judge sides with 3 major drug distributors in a landmark opioid lawsuit

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Russia is facing a huge geopolitical price for its invasion of Ukraine

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Military women react to Dobbs decision

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The Supreme Court strikes down N.Y. law that restricts concealed carrying of guns

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