Creative Writing – 149 – Writing Like a Columnist

Creative Writing – 149

Writing Like a Columnist

Learn to write like a Coloumnist of NYT

The following is a small part of the New York Times news item on the defeat of the Russian armed forces in northeast Ukraine.

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Ukraine Routs Russian Forces in Northeast, Forcing a Retreat

Russia acknowledged that it had lost nearly all of the northern region of Kharkiv after a blitzkrieg thrust by Ukrainian fighters.

KHARKIV, Ukraine — Stunned by a lightning advance by Ukrainian forces that cost it over 1,000 square miles of land and a key military hub, Russia on Sunday acknowledged that it had lost nearly all of the northern region of Kharkiv after a blitzkrieg thrust that cast doubt on a premise — widely held in Moscow and parts of the West — that Ukraine could never defeat Russia.

Paraphrased version

Russian forces flee their positions in north east as the triumphant Ukrainian army marches in

Russia admits to its forces being caught off guard and ceding Kharkeyv to the Ukrainian lightening advance.

Kharkiv, Ukraine — Ukrainian forces ripped through Russian army positions and regained control of nearly 1000 square kilometers of their previously lost territory on Sunday. Sheer speed and ferocity of the Ukrainian army led to the collapse of the Russian forces in Kharkiv, one of their key military hubs. This embarrassing setback upended the widely held view that the much smaller Ukrainian army can never beat the invincible Russians.

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