Military analysts believed Russian forces would change the course of their invasion of Ukraine when they shifted focus to the east. But months later, those forces are still struggling to achieve their objective. They've met Ukrainian troops who are determined and bolstered by Western weapons.
The Russians have been pushing to capture a Ukrainian stronghold the city of Severodonetsk. They want to reach the border of the Luhansk region by week's end. They believe if they succeed, they can control almost all of the industrial heartland of Donbas.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country will continue to develop and strengthen its armed forces, considering the potential military threats and risks based on its experience of current armed conflicts.
He added that he has no intention of stopping the war.
Hundreds of civilians are still hiding out in Severodonetsk. Others have decided it is time to flee. Ukrainian officials say, since the start of the war, more than a million citizens have been forcibly taken to Russia.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reached out again over video with a plea similar to one that he has made before: that his forces need arms shipments from Ukraine's allies.
Zelenskyy said the end of this war and its circumstances depend on the world's attention. And that is why his country need allies.
British Defense Ministry analysts say some Ukrainian forces have used Harpoon missiles to strike a Russian ship headed to an outpost in the Black Sea. And they used drones and rockets to target Russian troops on Snake Island. Russian officers say they repelled the attack.