Update 19: Russia's war with Ukraine

In the continuing war of attrition in the Donbas, Russia appeared to be gaining the upper hand, with Ukraine now pinning its hopes on receiving increased international military support. Russia has been able to leverage its relative artillery and air superiority to make incremental gains across the Donbas region. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the outcome of the battle for the Donbas region will determine the course of the war, adding that Ukraine’s forces are suffering “painful losses” in Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk. Ukraine has so far defied a Russian ultimatum to surrender Sievierodonetsk, with Moscow reportedly controlling 80% of the city, a focal point of Russia’s advances in the east of the country.

Read more on the continuing absence of peace talks, Western military assistance to Ukraine, humanitarian consequences of the armed conflict, the investigation of war crimes, sanctions against Russia, the blockade on Ukrainian grain exports and international food security, and developments within NATO in the attached pdf.

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