In Russian Border City, Pro-Kremlin Ukrainians, Soldiers Regroup After Retreat From Ukraine

BELGOROD, Russia—When the Russians swept into the northeastern Ukraine region of Kharkiv in late February, Russian troops occupying the towns there promised locals they would stay forever.

Instead, Ukrainian forces drove Russian troops out of most of the region this month, retaking about 3,500 square miles of territory in a matter of days. The lightning advance left Russian troops scrambling to retreat, pro-Kremlin Ukrainians fleeing across the border into Russia, and Russians seeking answers after Ukraine recaptured territory along the shared border.

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