Russia is pressing ahead with its call-up of hundreds of thousands of men to throw into its Ukraine invasion, as winter approaches.
Winter’s approach sets clock ticking for Ukraine, Russia
The onset of autumnal weather, with rains making fields too muddy for tanks, is beginning to cloud Ukraine’s efforts to take back more Russian-held territory before winter freezes the battlefields, a Washington-based think tank said Sunday.
Russia, meanwhile, pressed on with its call-up of hundreds of thousands of men to throw into the seven-month war, seeking to reverse its recent losses. It also deployed suicide drones Sunday against the Ukrainian port city of Odesa, Ukrainian authorities said. No casualties were immediately reported.
The Russian mobilization – its first such call-up since World War II – is sparking protests in Russian cities, with fresh demonstrations on Sunday.
It is also opening splits in Europe about whether fighting-age Russian men fleeing in droves should be welcomed or turned away.