Russia-Ukraine war news: Kyiv presses West for air defenses; battle for Bakhmut rages on
Kyiv is renewing calls for more ammunition and stronger air defenses after Russia fired half a dozen hypersonic missiles at Ukraine last week. In an interview with Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper that published Sunday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said ammunition shortages were the “number one” problem his country was facing and urged Berlin to speed up promised deliveries. He also called on the German government to begin training Ukrainian pilots to use Western fighter jets.
Fierce fighting continues in the eastern town of Bakhmut, where Kuleba said Ukrainian troops would continue to defend. Russian fighters have taken control of most of the eastern part of the city in recent days, while Ukrainian forces are holding their ground in the west, British defense officials said.
Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.
Defending Ukraine’s ‘highway of life’ — the last road out of Bakhmut: As the war’s bloodiest battle continues in Bakhmut, almost all roads have been cut off by Russian troops and fierce fighting. Just one viable road out of the embattled eastern city remains, Highway T0504. The two-lane highway is the only route that can be used by Ukrainian soldiers to evacuate the wounded and the dead, write Alex Horton and Anastacia Galouchka.
Maj. Oleksandr Pantsernyi, the commander of the 24th Separate Assault Battalion, one of the units responsible for defending the corridor, said the road also plays a key role in sustaining the fight by enabling the movement of ammunition, water and fresh troops eastward.
Ukrainian soldiers say that Russia’s forces are also aware of the road’s importance and have tried to shred it with artillery and force their enemy into the mud.
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