Russia-Ukraine war news: Kyiv presses West for air defenses; The battle for Bakhmut is rising
Kyiv is renewing calls for more weapons and stronger air defenses after Russia fired half a dozen hypersonic missiles at Ukraine last week. In an interview with Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper published on Sunday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said the lack of weapons was the “number one” problem facing his country amid an invasion of Russia, and urged Berlin to speed up the delivery of its promise. He also called on the German government to begin training Ukrainian pilots to use Western fighter jets.
Heavy fighting continues on the front lines in the eastern town of Bakhmut, where Kuleba also said Ukrainian troops would continue to defend. Russian fighters have taken control most of the eastern part of the city under siege in recent days, while Ukrainian forces are holding ground in the west, British defense officials said.
Here is the latest information about the war and its effects around the world.
Traumatic stress, an invisible wound, worries Ukrainian soldiers: After more than a year of war, Ukrainian soldiers are suffering from severe psychological stress, including nightmares, poor sleep, guilt, anxiety and panic attacks, according to interviews with soldiers across Ukraine and the psychologists who treat them, wrote Siobhán O’Grady and Anastacia Galouchka.
Yevhen Bas, 26, an airborne paratrooper who has been fighting since he was 17, wakes up in a cold sweat, believing he is “completely split in two.” Andriy Dobrovolskyi, 47, an infantry soldier, wakes up to find his legs, then remembers that he only has one left.