Ukrainian troops withdraw from part of strategic town in Donetsk region

The Ukrainian military says its troops have retreated from part of a strategic town in the eastern region of Donetsk due to an offensive by Russian forces.

A military spokesperson told a Ukrainian media outlet on Thursday that the troops withdrew from part of Chasiv Yar. The town sits on high ground.

The Russian defense ministry said on Wednesday that its forces had taken control of a district of the town.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told Bloomberg that his country has 14 brigades that do not have appropriate weapons.

He said Ukraine is grateful to the US Congress for its support, but its military aid is unfortunately coming slowly.

Zelenskyy also referred to former US President Donald Trump's comment that he could end the war in Ukraine within 24 hours if reelected.

Zelenskyy said Trump should share his plans with Ukraine if he knows how to end the war. He added that Ukraine wants to know whether it will have strong US support in November or if it will be left on its own.