| 26 February 2024, Monday |

Ukraine fights to hold off Russian advances in south, east

Ukrainian soldiers tried to repel Russian advances in the south and east, where the Kremlin is attempting to seize the country’s industrial Donbas area, and a senior US defense official said Moscow’s attack is moving considerably more slowly than expected.

While artillery fire, sirens, and explosions could be heard in some cities on Friday, the United Nations attempted to mediate the evacuation of civilians from the increasingly hellish ruins of Mariupol, where the mayor said the situation inside the steel plant that has become the southern port city’s last stronghold is dire.

  • Reuters