Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed his country’s counteroffensive during a previously unannounced visit by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Kyiv on Saturday, according to news reports from Ukraine. Trudeau announced new military funding to fight Russia’s invasion and humanitarian aid for those affected by this week’s Kakhovka dam explosion.

Ukraine made marginal gains on the front lines, advancing nearly a mile near Bakhmut and forcing several dozen Russian troops in the eastern village of Arapivka to flee their positions, according to Ukrainian officials. Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged the counteroffensive for the first time Friday, and he said his forces had prevented Ukraine from achieving its goals “in all combat sectors,” according to the Russian Defense Ministry. The ministry also said it had repelled enemy attacks across the front, without addressing the Ukrainian reports of gains.

Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.

Ukraine’s counteroffensive

With Russia claiming Bakhmut, Ukraine tallies cost in lost lives and limbs: Soldiers who fought in Bakhmut are now living with the cost of the war’s bloodiest battle, The Post’s Samantha Schmidt and Kostiantyn Khudov report.

Thousands of troops were killed, and huge numbers suffered permanent injuries, fighting for the city despite analysts warning it held no strategic value.

But five soldiers wounded in the battle told The Post they believed the sacrifice was necessary.

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