Ukrainian soldiers say they live under almost constant Russian bombardment but dismiss any suggestion that they cede land.
Vast stretches of eastern Ukraine are now largely devoid of people and industry. If Ukraine is ever to have a vibrant postwar future, it is unlikely to sprout from these ruins.
Controlling the cities of Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk means Russia could position its forces to mount offensives on cities to the southwest.
Many of the fighters for Ukraine’s western territorial defense units were assigned benign tasks away from the fighting when they first joined. Then they were called to the front to fight.
As Russia makes slow but steady progress, the arrival of new weapons systems will help Ukraine hang onto territory, U.S. officials and analysts say.
Sievierodonetsk is nearly encircled. Lysychansk may be next. The momentum of the war has shifted, and Ukraine’s allies may soon start rethinking their goals.
Vladimir Putin threatened “to strike targets we haven’t hit before” if Western nations proceed with plans to send long-range missiles to Ukraine.
Russian and Ukrainian forces were locked in street-by-street fighting in Sievierodonetsk, Kyiv’s last foothold in Luhansk Province.
Outside of Kharkiv, Russian forces are entrenching themselves for the long haul. “There is a whole underground city there,” a Ukrainian officer 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.
As the news of the losses at the river crossing started to spread, some Russian bloggers did not hold back in their criticism of what they said was incompetent leadership.
Neutral Finland’s leaders unequivocally said they intended to seek membership in the alliance, with Sweden expected to do the same, inviting new threats from Moscow.
Despite many stumbles and setbacks, the Russian military has gained near total control of the Donbas region, giving the Kremlin huge leverage in any future talks.
Although Russian forces failed to take Kyiv, they have captured large chunks of the south and east, giving Moscow a chance to strangle the country economically.
Weeklong training for Ukraine’s soldiers on howitzers is taking place outside of their country, a U.S. defense official said. Additionally, new spare parts have allowed Kyiv to get more than 20 warplanes back in service.
My mother’s story exemplifies the destruction Russia has unleashed on Ukraine.
At least 1,000 fighters from Russia’s Wagner Group are expected to focus on the Kremlin’s goal of seizing eastern Ukraine.
The magnitude of Mr. Putin’s gambit in Ukraine is staggering.
Two senior European security officials say that the paramilitary fighters are inside the rebel territories of Ukraine to lay the groundwork for war.
Vladimir Putin sets down a marker in Ukraine. Does the West have the means to stop him?
Theatrical meetings and dubious battlefield reports have shaped the Kremlin’s narrative that war is being pushed on it by a United States determined to destroy Russia.
A decision by Russia to recognize two separatist territories and order in troops raises the risks of intensified fighting in an already fraught region where violence has defined life for nearly a decade.
Russian-backed separatists in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions once got just passing attention. They loom much larger now as many fear what may come next in Ukraine.
Western leaders repeat calls for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis. Russia fires missiles in a blunt warning of where the conflict could lead.
As shelling intensified in eastern Ukraine, a seemingly routine press tour turned into a frantic rush to safety.
President Biden spoke amid fears that Russia was setting the stage for an invasion that could ignite the biggest conflict in Europe in decades.
Russian belligerence has drawn the world’s attention back to the eight-year-old secessionist rebellion in the Donbas region: a deadlocked, time-warped conflict with no end in sight.