A Violent Stalemate Sets In as Battle Lines Harden in Ukraine’s East

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine—Maj. Yuriy Bereza’s battalion spent months defending, then retreating from metropolis after metropolis in Ukraine’s east within the face of overwhelming Russian firepower.

Now, with Russia’s offensive stalled after a pricey advance, Maj. Bereza’s 1,500 males are digging in, creating a virtually 10-mile line of trenches to defend this strategic metropolis.