Ukrainian forces have launched a devastating counteroffensive in the past week, retaking Russian-held territory. Dan Sabbagh and Shaun Walker explain what it means for the war as the countries head into winter

For months, the fighting in Ukraine was concentrated in the Donbas region as a war of attrition set in and the two sides inched back and forth in what seemed to be a stalemate. That changed dramatically this week after a lightning offensive by Ukrainian troops that forced back the Russians and retook thousands of square miles of territory.

The Guardian’s defence and security editor, Dan Sabbagh, tells Michael Safi that this week could prove a turning point in the conflict, but that Ukraine’s gains, stunning as they are, should not be overstated.

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