Ukraine Loses Ground in Battle for Severodonetsk but Gains Firepower From U.S.
  • Guided rocket systems with twice the range of other artillery provided by the U.S. arrived in Ukraine.
  • Ukrainian forces outside Lysychansk are nearly surrounded after Russians advanced 3 miles this week.
  • EU leaders agreed to make Ukraine an official candidate to join the bloc, fulfilling one of Zelensky’s biggest requests of European countries.

LVIV, Ukraine—Ukrainian forces said they had pulled back from some areas outside the city of Lysychansk in the country’s eastern Donbas region and face encirclement there by Russian troops pressing to capture the strategic city of Severodonetsk.

The pullback comes as U.S.-provided guided rocket systems—whose 48-mile range is expected to boost Ukraine’s firepower against Russian troops—arrived in the country, according to Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov.

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