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Live Briefing: Russia Invades Ukraine


Ukrainian women hug in front of a building destroyed during a Russian missile strike in Kharkiv on August 18.

RFE/RL's Live Briefing gives you all of the latest developments on Russia's ongoing invasion, how Kyiv is fighting back, Western military aid, 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

  • At least four explosions were reported in the Russian-occupied Ukrainian region of Crimea overnight near the Belbek military airport outside the port city of Sevastopol.
  • The governor of Russia’s Belgorod region reported that two villages had been evacuated after a fire broke out at a munitions depot.
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he plans to discuss the issue of Ukraine's Russian-held Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says he agreed to the parameters of an IAEA mission to Zaporizhzhya at talks with the UN secretary-general and Turkey's leader.
  • Moscow has rejected a proposal by the UN to demilitarize the area around the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine.
  • Ukraine's military says that its forces have beaten back a Russian attack in the southern region of Kherson, while shelling by Moscow in the northeastern city of Kharkiv killed seven people.
  • Russia forecasts energy export revenues to rise this year by nearly $100 billion as higher commodity prices offset a decrease in volumes.

What Does Ukraine's New Strategy Mean For The Next Phase Of The War?

George Barros from the Institute for the Study of War explains the significance of Ukraine's new tactics and how Russian forces are adapting. Read his interview with Reid Standish here.

Has Ukraine's Southern Offensive Finally Begun?

Military analysts and Western intelligence agencies have predicted such a push is coming following earlier statements by Ukrainian officials. To find out more, RFE/RL spoke with Dara Massicot, a senior researcher at the U.S.-based RAND think tank and a former senior analyst at the Pentagon, where she focused on the Russian military's capabilities. Read the interview here.

What Does The Devastating Attack On The Russian Air Base On Crimea Mean For Moscow?

Despite winking hints and heavy trolling from Ukraine, it’s unclear exactly who and what caused destructive explosions at a key Russian air base in Crimea. What is clear: Russian positions on the Black Sea peninsula are now vulnerable, and that’s “bad news” for Moscow. Read the story by Todd Prince here.

Could The Ukraine War Precipitate The End Of Putin's Regime?

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine may spell the end of his regime, predicts Norway’s Iver Neumann, a leading Russia scholar. Read an interview with Neumann by Vazha Tavberidze from RFE/RL's Georgian Service here.

The Survivors: Ukrainians From Bucha And Irpin Recall Russia's Brutal Occupation

Following the Russian retreat from around Kyiv, Ukrainian photographer Alena Grom returned to her home in Bucha. Today, with a suitcase packed in case she needs to flee once more, she has been walking the streets, meeting locals who stayed in and around Bucha through the occupation. Through photos, she documents their stories of survival through unimaginable hardship and danger. View the photo essay here.

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