Believing in their own invincibility, generals totally underestimated the potential strength of Ukraine’s military.
Operation focuses on destroying Russian fuel and ammunition stockpiles ahead of a Ukrainian infantry advance.
“In the event of an accident, the situation will be comparable to Chernobyl.”
The Ukrainian army is slowly gaining ground with the aim of cutting Russian supply chains.
Although the iconic cultural centre lies in ruins, those who kept it alive for decades are trying to revive its legacy.
“As soon as we leave, a Russian shell lands exactly where we had been. If we’d left 30 seconds later, I would not be here to write this.”
The Ukrainian side still has a serious resource deficit, but analysts argue that its greater international as well as domestic support - and military than rather political logic – should not be undervalued.
Explosive devices that can be triggered “by a strong wave” continue to endanger both civilian lives and shipping.
"The worst thing was hearing screams of people looking for their relatives".
Geopolitics and lack of long-term vision threaten the country’s food security.