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.

Ukrainian Troops Retreat on the Eastern Front

Ukrainian forces have undertaken a strategic withdrawal to new positions in at least three key areas, according to statements from Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi, commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian armed forces. The move comes amidst heightened conflict dynamics, with Ukrainian troops facing increasing pressure from Russian forces in several strategic locations.

Ukraine Withdraws from Village Near Avdiivka, Russia Seizes Control

Amidst escalating tensions in the Donetsk region, Ukraine's armed forces have withdrawn from the village of Lastochkyne, near the war-torn town of Avdiivka. The move, confirmed by spokesperson Dmytro Likhovy of the operational-strategic group "Tavria," comes in the wake of Avdiivka's recent fall to Russian forces.

Zelensky vows triumph over Russia on second war anniversary

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky promised victory against Russia on the second anniversary of the invasion on Saturday as his troops fight on despite a lack of Western aid and recent Russian gains.

"We will win," he said at a ceremony at Kiev's Gostomel airport, which was targeted by Russia in the first days of the all-out assault in 2022.