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Intense fighting underway in eastern Ukraine as both sides suffer heavy losses

Ukraine families mourn troops killed
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Intense fighting is underway in Ukraine as Moscow presses an offensive in the country's eastern region, with some 20 towns and villages under fire as of Wednesday, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The battle for Bakhmut there is brutal. Russian forces are reportedly losing up to 100 soldiers a day. Ukrainians are also taking heavy losses as the fight for the strategic eastern region only intensifies.

On the front lines, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with troops this week to mark the country's Armed Forces day.

"I wish you to live," he told them. "If you are alive, it means our country is alive."

But so many have lost loved ones in the fighting – one anguished woman named Natalia knows all too well. Her husband and brother are buried in a small cemetery in the Kyiv suburb of Bucha, which is still haunted by the atrocities committed by Russian forces. 

Recently, a solemn service was held in the there for soldiers who paid the ultimate price.

"I feel pain, I cry and I am empty," Natalia said. "I am trying to come to terms with things, but I can't. I just can't!"

How to come to terms with the horrors that have been inflicted on Ukraine's people is a question few there have answers for.

"I still talk to them," Natalia told CBS News. "I tell them everything that's happening. It's like I'm still waiting for them to come home."

But Natalia knows her husband and brother won't be coming home, like so many others.

Earlier this year, Russian troops killed more than 400 civilians in Bucha over 27 days. Some of the victims were discovered bound and tortured, and many were left to rot in the place where they were killed.  

Keith Zubrow and The Associated Press contributed to this article. 

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