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Shouts, the doors are kicked down and a window smashed. In a matter of seconds, the hotel is surrounded and its occupants find themselves on the ground, wrists tied, or with their hands against the wall and a Kalashnikov in the small of their back.

In Ukraine’s second city, Kharkiv, the police special forces — or “spetsnaz” — are searching for a group of suspected “saboteurs” working for the Russian invaders behind Ukrainian lines.

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