Ukraine fights to hold off advances in south, east

  • Associated Press A dog rides in the back of a car Friday as people fleeing the village of Ruska Lozova arrive at a screening point in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Hundreds of residents have been evacuated to Kharkiv from the nearby village that had been under Russian occupation for more than a month.

KHARKIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian forces fought to hold off Russian attempts to advance in the south and east, where the Kremlin is seeking to capture the country’s industrial Donbas region, and a senior U.S. defense official said Moscow’s offensive is going much slower than planned.