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'Hell on earth': Ukrainian soldiers describe life on eastern front

Torched forests and cities burned to the ground. Colleagues with severed limbs. Bombardments so relentless the only option is to lie in a trench, wait and pray. Ukrainian soldiers returning from the front lines in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region, where Russia is waging a fierce offensive, describe life during what has turned into a gruelling war of attrition as apocalyptic.

Ukrainian platoon commander Mariia rests in a trench in a position in the Donetsk region, Ukraine, July 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Pope Francis denies he's planning to resign soon

Pope Francis has dismissed reports that he plans to resign in the near future, saying he is on track to visit Canada this month and hopes to be able to go to Moscow and Kyiv as soon as possible after that.

Pope Francis presides over a mass for the Congolese community, in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, July 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, green, cultured in the lab. (NIAID-RML via AP)