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The Ragtag Army that Won the Battle of Kyiv and Saved Ukraine

Kyiv — Outside the Giraffe shopping center on the western edge of the Ukrainian capital, a group of locals were preparing to meet the Russian armored column charging into their path.

It was late February, and the Russians, from an elite airborne unit, rode their vehicles as if expecting a warm welcome. One wore a woolen Cossack hat instead of a helmet. Another had not loaded his gun.


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