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AVDIIVKA, Ukraine — In his raspy smoker’s voice, the middle-aged Ukrainian soldier urged a visitor to hurry through a stretch of muddy trench that traversed an open clearing. Gesturing eastward, he warned of snipers lurking only a few hundred yards away. “We must run until we reach cover,” he said. On the front lines of Ukraine’s long-running conflict with Russian-backed separatists, the ...