Russian, Ukrainian commanders wage arms race

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says his allies have "everything necessary" to stop Russian aggression. He has once again pushed them to provide what he called a "new level of modern military equipment." He says the tools are necessary as the Russians gather forces for renewed attacks.

People in the salt-mining town of Soledar in the eastern Donbas region have seen the area turned into a battleground. Russian soldiers have pushed to capture the town alongside mercenaries from the Wagner Group.

Now, British defense analysts say those forces "are likely in control." They say the Russians want to get into tunnels around the salt mines to capture their main objective. The troops could make their way underground to the nearby city of Bakhmut.

The analysts believe each side is concerned the other could use the tunnels "for infiltration behind their lines."

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba guided his German counterpart Annalena Baerbock through the debris left in another city, Kharkiv. He urged her to speed up plans to provide more weapons.

Kuleba said, "What upsets me is that, the longer the decision takes, the more people will die due to the lack of necessary tanks in our army."

Russia's defense minister admitted his forces, too, need to upgrade their weapons, particularly in the air. Sergei Shoigu said they will increase the combat capabilities of conventional bombers and fighters. And he said they will develop their nuclear bombers, missiles and submarines.