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Clock ticking for Ukraine, Russia as winter approaching makes battle more complicated

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Ukraine‘s efforts to take back more Russian-held territory before winter freezes the battlefields, a Washington-based think tank said Sunday.Russia, meanwhile, pressed on with its call-up of hundreds of thousands of men to throw into the seven-month war, seeking to reverse its recent losses.

Without control of the skies over Ukraine, Russia is also making increasing use of suicide drones, with more strikes reported Sunday in the Black Sea port city of Odesa.The Russian mobilization — its first such call-up since World War II — is sparking protests in Russia, with fresh demonstrations Sunday.

In Dagestan, one of Russia’s poorer regions in the North Caucasus, police fired warning shots to try to disperse more than 100 people who blocked a highway while protesting the call-up, Russian media reported.

Russia’s nuclear threats require world to stand strong with Ukraine: envoy It is also opening splits in Europe about whether fighting-age Russian men fleeing in droves should be welcomed or turned away.For Ukrainian and Russian military planners, the clock is ticking, with the approach of winter expected to make fighting more complicated.

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