The Ragtag Army That Won the Battle of Kyiv and Saved Ukraine - The Wall Street Journal

KYIV—Outside the Giraffe shopping mall on the western edge of Ukraine's capital, a group of locals prepared to meet the Russian armored column thundering their way.

It was late February, and the Russians, from an elite airborne unit, were riding atop their vehicles, as if expecting a warm greeting. One wore a Cossack woolen hat instead of a helmet. Another hadn't loaded his rifle.

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