An artillery unit from Ukraine’s 58th brigade fires toward advancing Russian infantry from a frontline position near the town of Bakhmut on August10th. Photograph: David Guttenfelder/New York Times
Stalemate evident across the frontline as Moscow and Kyiv prepare for the conflict to drag on into winter.
Both sides are at a stalemate across much of the 2,400km front line and Russian forces are entrenching themselves for the winter ahead. “All day long, they dig, and they dig, and they dig,” said Tyson, agreeing to be identified only by his call sign.
Neither side has the immediate upper hand. Neither side has shown any lasting appetite for negotiations. And neither side is giving up. Ukraine has vowed to fight on until it drives Russia from its territory; meanwhile, the grinding conflict has only appeared to deepen the resolve of Russian president Vladimir Putin to seek victory, despite heavy battlefield losses and western sanctions that have crippled Russia’s economy.