Sailors are accustomed to not discussing politics at sea, but the war between the two countries has made that more difficult.
Recruiters approach young men on the street, but the standards are not always clear and there are reports of unwilling men being signed up while some eager to fight are turned away.
Ukraine repelled the effort to capture its second-largest city, but the artillery attacks did not stop. Many residents who left have returned but fear that a new offensive is imminent.
The area around Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk is about three-quarters encircled by Russians, leaving only a slender gap there for Ukrainian troops to maneuver.
“Hold on, Kherson, we’re coming!” the Ukrainian military declared as it pushed to retake territory in a key southern city.
Ukrainians hope that if they safeguard Russia’s war dead, they will be more likely to get back their own.
The war has evolved into something of a stalemate that has seriously depleted Russia’s conventional war capabilities, even as it has made some gains.
Outside of Kharkiv, Russian forces are entrenching themselves for the long haul. “There is a whole underground city there,” a Ukrainian officer said.
The territory occupied by Russian forces so far in the three-month-old invasion deserves “a worthy place in our Russian family,” a Kremlin official who toured the region said.
Russia appeared to shrink its already narrowed goals to take the Donbas region, as NATO and its two newest applicants, Sweden and Finland, practiced war games near Russia’s border.
In some villages along the front, Ukrainian and Russian soldiers face off at close quarters, sometimes within eyesight of one another.
The fighting has intensified ahead of Russia’s May 9 Victory Day holiday commemorating the Soviet Union’s triumph over Nazi Germany.
U.N. officials and human rights investigators are rushing more resources to authorities in Ukraine to help prosecute sex crimes.
In the basement of a battered school in Kharkiv, a dozen residents have taken shelter. In a neighborhood not far away, life has returned to some sense of normalcy. But they choose to stay.
The violence of war is often random. Those who suffer most are the civilians caught in the middle. Two recent deaths in Kharkiv, Ukraine, are a testament to that.
Having failed to score a quick triumph, Russia is shifting its attention to the contested breakaway enclaves, in Ukraine’s East. It is also shelling large cities to keep enemy forces from the expected new areas of battle.
Under a relentless Russian barrage, there is no heat or electricity, and people are boiling snow for water. A 6-year-old died of dehydration, the authorities said.
About two-thirds of Ukraine’s population of 44 million people lived in cities before Russia’s invasion began. Now many urban areas are in the cross hairs of war.
Nothing less than our freedom — and yours — is at stake.
Ukraine’s history is filled with waves of repression.
Why conquest makes the conqueror weaker.
“Today, Russian troops shelled Kharkiv using rocket artillery,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video posted on his Facebook page. “This is, without any doubt, a military crime. A peaceful city. Peaceful residential neighborhoods. Not a single military object in sight.”
In cities and towns in Central Ukraine that have not yet heard the boom of Russian artillery fire, residents spent the weekend preparing furiously for the possibly of an attack.
Ukrainian troops dug in around the nation’s second-largest city a day after a fight to push back advancing Russian forces.