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Ukrainian forces were still holding out in Sievierodonetsk, withstanding Russia’s all-out assault to seize a bombed-out wasteland that Moscow has made the main objective of its invasion in recent days.
Both sides said Russian forces now control between a third and a half of the city. Russia’s separatist proxies acknowledged that its capture was taking longer than expected, despite one of the biggest ground assaults of the war.
Russia has extended its gas cuts to Europe with Gazprom cutting off supply to major Dutch trader GasTerra, intensifying the economic battle between Moscow and Brussels. The move comes a day after Denmark announced the potential end of its Russian gas supply and the European Union’s toughest action yet against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, an agreement to stop the maritime imports of its oil.
As volunteer fighters Oleksandr Zhuhan and Antonina Romanova pack their bags for a return to active duty, they gaze at the unicorn badge that gives their uniform a rare distinction – a symbol of their status as an LGBTQ couple who are Ukrainian soldiers. Members of the Ukrainian LGBTQ community who engage in warfare have begun to sew the image of the mythical beast into their standard shoulder pads.
Ukraine’s destruction of Russian artillery systems and armored vehicles with Turkish Bayraktar TB2 aerial drones has made “the whole world” a customer, according to its designer. Selcuk Bayraktar, who runs the Istanbul company Baykar with his brother Haluk, said drones had shown how technology was revolutionizing modern warfare.
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