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Ukraine Latest: Western Officials See War at Near Standstill

A Ukrainian Emergency Ministry rescuer attends an exercise in Zaporizhzhia in case of a possible nuclear incident, Aug. 17.

A Ukrainian Emergency Ministry rescuer attends an exercise in Zaporizhzhia in case of a possible nuclear incident, Aug. 17.

Photographer: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is at a near-operational standstill, with neither side currently able to launch an offensive that would materially affect the course of the conflict, Western officials said.

In Moscow, Gazprom announced that it will stop delivering natural gas to Europe through its main pipeline for three days to perform maintenance, further squeezing energy supplies just as Germany is trying to build up stocks for the winter. European benchmark futures soared as much as 9%.