Ukraine’s Winter Cold Could Turn Against Russian Troops

From a Wall Street Journal story by Alistair MacDonald and Oksana Pyrozhok headlined “Ukraine’s Winter Cold Could Turn Against Russian Troops”:

BAKHMUT, Ukraine—In the battle to keep warm, Ukrainian infantryman Kyrylo Molchanov has turned to “trench candles”—empty food cans packed with cardboard—to heat his front-line dugout.

With Russia and Ukraine fighting through the winter, keeping Ukrainian soldiers warm could become a competitive advantage for Kyiv.

For armies, winter weather affects everything from maneuverability to battery power. But the cold and wet can have a crushing effect on soldiers’ morale and ability to fight, while creating potential medical problems.