'Capture or death': Ukrainian forces describe harrowing retreat from Debaltseve

February 19, 2015 8:09 AM

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Ukrainian forces have described a desperate retreat from the key strategic railway hub of Debaltseve as Russia-backed separatist rebels broke through their lines earlier this week.

One lieutenant told The Wall Street Journal that he had led his company of 50 men on a 14-mile overnight march to safety early Wednesday after undergoing several days of bombardment that began early Sunday, just hours after a cease-fire deal agreed by the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and Fra...

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