Ukraine fights to hold off Russian advances in south, east

  • A dog rides in the back of a car as people fleeing the village of Ruska Lozova arrive at a screening point in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Friday. Hundreds of residents have been evacuated to Kharkiv from the nearby village that had been under Russian occupation for more than a month. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian forces fought to hold off Russian attempts to advance in the south and east, where the Kremlin is seeking to capture the country’s industrial Donbas region, and a senior U.S. defense official said Moscow’s offensive is going much slower than planned.