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Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/aleksandar-vasovic-rebel-commander-warns-of-attack-2014-5

The Ukrainian checkpoints on main roads and ringing key cities do appear vulnerable and many have been attacked already, some changing hands many times.

What is ringing supposed to mean in that sentence?

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"Ringing" means "making rings around" or "making a ring around". So "The Ukrainian checkpoints [...] ringing key cities do appear vulnerable [....]" is "The Ukrainian checkpoints making rings around key cities do appear vulnerable [....]".

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You might want to say, "The Ukrainian checkpoints that circle around key cities do appear vulnerable." It's the thing about not using the word within it's own definition. – CoolHandLouis May 16 '14 at 0:03

It refers to checkpoints that surround cities. These surrounding checkpoints are part of a "ring" or circle that goes around the city of Donetsk that is in the center and being referred to in the article.

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Not quite. "Ringing" in this example refers the checkpoints. It's checkpoints ringing key cities, not key cities that ring something. – Codeswitcher May 15 '14 at 23:53
Ah, that's correct, it is referring to the checkpoints themselves not cities. – C G-K May 15 '14 at 23:54

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