France and Australia will jointly supply Ukraine with thousands of 155-millimeter shells, the two nations’ defense ministers said Monday, calling the ammunition an “urgent need” as Ukrainian forces battle Russian troops in the east.
“Russia hopes to drag out the war, to exhaust our forces. So we have to make time our weapon,” he said in a nightly address Tuesday. “We must speed up the events, speed up the supply and opening of new necessary weaponry options for Ukraine.”
Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.
Along a front-line river, this deadly road shows toll of Russia’s war: As Ukraine awaits new tanks from the United States and Europe and fighting rages over strategic towns in the east, a war of attrition is underway along the Dnieper River, write Siobhán O’Grady and Anastacia Galouchka. Russia controls the east bank, and Ukraine controls the west, with the river limiting territorial advances and permitting — for now at least — destruction only from a distance.
Washington Post journalists spent several days traveling along the Ukrainian-controlled main and back roads that connect the towns and villages along the river to see how civilians are surviving winter, frequently without gas or electricity. Often only the elderly are left, surviving on food handouts, without heat. Residents fear they could be killed at any moment, and still whisper of collaborators living among them.