Who will win the war in Ukraine?

Russia opens a new front north of Kharkiv, amid 'worst crisis' of the war to date

Collage of scenes from the Russian invasion of Ukraine
Ukraine is at a delicate political and military juncture ahead of expected Russian summer offensive
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Ukraine is facing "its worst crisis since the war began", as Russian forces concentrate their attention on Kharkiv, wrote the BBC's international editor, Jeremy Bowen.

So far, Russia "has concentrated most of its offensive pressure in Ukraine's east", said Reuters, but on 10 May Russian troops crossed the border in the northeastern Kharkiv Oblast, home to Ukraine's second city. 

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 Sorcha Bradley is a writer at The Week and a regular on “The Week Unwrapped” podcast. She worked at The Week magazine for a year and a half before taking up her current role with the digital team, where she mostly covers UK current affairs and politics. Before joining The Week, Sorcha worked at slow-news start-up Tortoise Media. She has also written for Sky News, The Sunday Times, the London Evening Standard and Grazia magazine, among other publications. She has a master’s in newspaper journalism from City, University of London, where she specialised in political journalism.