/ 21 December 2023

An update on the Ukraine war

TOPSHOT - The Ukrainian flag flutters between buildings destroyed in bombardment, in the Ukrainian town of Borodianka, in the Kyiv region on April 17, 2022. - Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP) (Photo by SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - The Ukrainian flag flutters between buildings destroyed in bombardment, in the Ukrainian town of Borodianka, in the Kyiv region on April 17, 2022. - Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP) (Photo by SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP via Getty Images)

Russia’s war on Ukraine is edging towards the 2-year mark, and as Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky faces funding setbacks from the US and the European Union, he’s fronted a press conference in Kyiv to say his country is not losing the war. Neither Russia nor Ukraine made much progress on the ground this year, but analysts say 315,000 Russian fighters and at least 24,500 Ukrainian soldiers and civilians have died since the war started. For his part, Zelensky says Ukraine is running low on ammunition, and his military commanders want 500,000 extra fighters to push Russia back over the border. That will be hard without big slabs of Western funding, but Zelensky is hopeful, saying “I think we will not be betrayed by our partners.” And while he’s not ruling out peace talks with Russia, he insists they’re not currently feasible.

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