Live Briefing: Russia Invades Ukraine

RFE/RL’s Live Briefing gives you all of the latest developments on Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Western military aid to Kyiv, worldwide reaction, and the plight of civilians and refugees. For all of RFE/RL’s coverage of the war, click here.

Latest Developments At A Glance North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has arrived in Russia ahead of an expected meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Swedish government is considering donating Gripen fighter jets to Ukraine to help it fight Russia, Swedish public radio reported, citing unnamed sources. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy vetoed legislation that allowed officials to continue not disclosing their assets, as Kyiv struggles to clamp down on corruption and assure allies that it’s committed to fighting graft. Ukrainian forces have regained more territory from the invading Russian forces in the eastern and southern fronts, Kyiv said on September 11. Justice ministers and other representatives of Council of Europe member states and observers met in Riga to explore ways ‘to achieve comprehensive accountability for the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine and provide redress to all victims of the war.’ The European Union has warned Russia of “consequences” for those involved in organizing the “illegal” elections over the weekend in Ukrainian regions occupied by the Kremlin, while Germany said new EU sanctions are possible. Is Ukraine’s Counteroffensive Finally Starting To Make Some Serious Headway?

It’s been three months since Ukraine launched its biggest counteroffensive of the 18-month Russian invasion. Advances have been grueling and slogging, and for some Western officials, frustratingly slow. But Ukrainian forces may now be on the verge of a small, but notable battlefield breakthrough. Read the story by Mike Eckel here.

Zapo/Donetsk offensive (Updated weekly) How Will Kolomoyskiy’s Arrest Affect The Future Of Western Aid To Ukraine?

The 60-day detention handed to Ukrainian tycoon Ihor Kolomoyskiy is the highest-profile jailing in the current graft crackdown and comes weeks before a crucial U.S. congressional vote on whether to approve another round of massive aid to the embattled country. Read the story by Todd Prince and Current Time here.

What Will Be The Long-Term Impact Of The Latest Crimea Bridge Blast?

Although Russian officials have hastened to downplay the damage caused by the July 17 explosion on the only bridge linking Russia to occupied Crimea, experts say even a few hours of logistical delay at this time could be important. Read the report by Robert Coalson here.

Suspected Drone Attacks On Moscow How Are Ordinary Russians Feeling About The War Being Delivered To Their Doorstep?

Attacks in Shebekino and elsewhere in the Belgorod region have brought the war home to Russia as local residents grapple with the new reality. Read the article by Oleg Artyushenko here.

Heavy Fighting In Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine (updated weekly) The Ukrainian Cities Obliterated In Russia’s Self-Proclaimed ‘Liberation’

Russia’s full-scale war on Ukraine has nearly wiped multiple cities and towns from the face of the Earth, despite the Kremlin’s claim that it is conducting a campaign of ‘liberation.’ Read the report by RFE/RL’s Donbas.Realities, Svitlana Kuzmenko, and Carl Schreck here.

Ukraine Territorial Control (Updated weekly) After The Flood: What Do We Know About The Destroyed Ukrainian Dam And Its Consequences?

The collapse of the Nova Kakhovka dam sent torrents of water flooding through Ukraine’s southern Dnieper River basin, prompting evacuations and inundating thousands of hectares of land. Among other consequences, it could cause the biggest environmental disaster of Russia’s full-scale invasion. Read the report by Mike Eckel here.

Who Is Flying Military-Grade Drones Over Moscow?

The drones that slammed into buildings and hit other locations in Moscow this week were the second batch to rattle the Russian capital in a month. It’s still not clear who’s behind them, and what the goal is. Here’s what we know. Read the report by Mike Eckel here.

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