Deadly Ukraine Strike
A Russian missile strike in Eastern Ukraine killed at least 51 people yesterday, according to reports, marking one of the deadliest single attacks by either side since Russia invaded Ukraine last February. Ukrainian officials said the attack struck a grocery store in the village of Hroza and came as residents were attending a memorial service in the vicinity.
The strike comes as a Ukrainian counteroffensive to reclaim territory makes slower-than-anticipated progress. The country's forces have worked to drive a wedge southward in the Zaporizhzhia region, which would potentially isolate Russia's alternate supply routes to the strategic Crimean Peninsula and its troops along the southern bank of the Dnipro River.
Analysts say both sides are likely to begin fortifying their positions for the coming winter season, where temperatures typically dip below freezing from December to March. See updates on the war here.