Fierce fighting continues in eastern Ukraine, with the Luhansk region recording about 400 shellings over the past day, President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his nightly address on Sunday. The nearly nine-month-old conflict shows no signs of abating as winter approaches and both sides gear up to continue the battle well into next year.
Muddy conditions have made warfare particularly difficult, and Ukraine and Russia struggle with stretched munitions supplies and combative troops. “Little by little we are moving forward with battles,” said Zelensky. “We stand firm and consistently and very calculatedly destroy the potential of the occupiers.”
Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects around the world.
4. From our correspondents
Russian positions on the redesigned front are in many cases more dug in, forcing the Ukrainians to breach multiple lines of defense. Muddy conditions make fighting particularly difficult until the ground freezes in the middle of winter. Neither side is close to what it envisions as victory, write Isabelle Khurshudyan, Paul Sonne, Liz Sly and Kamila Hrabchuk.