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In Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Americans captured in Ukraine would not be covered by the Geneva Conventions’ protections for prisoners of war. He also said Tuesday that Russia “can’t rule out” that two American captives would face death sentences.
Ukrainian forces continue to face a punishing fight in the eastern Luhansk region, where Ukrainian officials warn that Russia is staging heavy military equipment. Taking full control of the city of Severodonetsk would deliver a key victory to Russia — and bring its forces closer to fulfilling Russian President Vladimir Putin’s goal of overpowering the eastern Donbas region bordering Russia. The days ahead could bring some of the most decisive battles in the war, Ukrainian officials warned.