In Chaotic Retreat, Hundreds of Ukrainian Troops Feared Captured or Missing

February 21, 2024

Ukrainian military officials have said they want to mobilize up to 500,000 more people, but the request has met political resistance and is stalled in parliament. That route, which Ukrainian troops nicknamed the road of life, came under direct threat earlier this month, making the withdrawal far more dangerous. Ukrainian military units have long struggled to communicate with one another because they often have different radio equipment. Since the war began nearly two years ago, Russian forces have tried to encircle and capture Ukrainian forces. As of November, the Ukrainian government said that Russia had 3,574 Ukrainian military personnel in captivity.