NATO chief says Ukraine can still win war despite Russian advances

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Monday said it was "not too late" for Ukraine to win the war, despite its outmanned and outgunned military struggling in the face of Russian advances while waiting for stalled weapons deliveries from allies.

Ukrainian forces have been on the defensive for months, while Russia's troops have steadily inched forward along the frontline.

On Monday Russia claimed to have captured a second village in as many days in eastern Ukraine, while a missile strike on the Black Sea port of Odesa killed at least four people and wounded 27.

Moscow has for weeks pressed its advantage at the front, an effort it has accelerated in recent days before crucial U.S. weapons reach Kiev's exhausted frontline forces.

"Ukraine has been outgunned for months, forced to ration its ammunition... But it's not too late for Ukraine to prevail," the NATO secretary general said at a press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

He said months-long delays in U.S. military aid to Ukraine had "serious consequences on the battlefield".

But Stoltenberg insisted that "more support is on the way".

"Our allies are looking into what more they can do and I expect new announcements soon. So we are working hard to meet Ukraine's urgent needs," he promised.

Ukraine has been dependent on Western military aid to counter Russia's larger and more powerful army.

Russia on Monday said it had captured the village of Semenivka near the strategic town of Avdiivka that was captured in February.

The announcement came a day after Moscow claimed the nearby village of Novobakhmutivka, with Kiev saying the situation for its forces was worsening.

Semenivka is close to Ocheretyne, where fighting has...

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