As the conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues to escalate, a grim warning comes from General Mark Milley, the head of the U.S. military.
He cautions that Kyiv may have as little as 30 to 45 days left to carry out its counter-offensive against Moscow. The reason? The impending poor weather conditions that could severely limit Ukraine's military operations.
"Very difficult to manoeuvre"
In an interview with the BBC's Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg, General Milley stated that once the rains set in, it will become "very difficult to manoeuvre" for the Ukrainian forces.
This adds a sense of urgency to Ukraine's efforts to push back against Russian aggression, especially as foreign aid workers are increasingly caught in the crossfire.
Tragic losses among aid workers
On Sunday, a devastating incident unfolded in eastern Ukraine involving volunteers from the Road to Relief NGO.
The organization, which focuses on evacuating wounded individuals from front-line areas, reported that their van was hit by Russian shells.
The vehicle flipped over and caught fire, trapping four volunteers inside. Canadian Anthony Ihnat was killed in the attack, while German medical volunteer Ruben Mawick and Swedish volunteer Johan Mathias Thyr sustained serious injuries.
Spanish authorities later confirmed the death of Emma Igual, a 32-year-old Spanish national who served as the organization's director.
The urgency of the situation was further underscored by a two-hour-long aerial assault on Kyiv in the early hours of Sunday. Ukrainian officials reported that dozens of Russian drones rained down on the city, resulting in civilian injuries.
As the clock ticks down for Ukraine to make significant headway in its counter-offensive, the international community watches with bated breath, hoping for a resolution but preparing for the worst.