Author: RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen traveled to Kyiv to discuss closer cooperation between Ukraine and the European Union. “In Kyiv, for my 3rd visit since the start of Russia’s war. So much has changed. Ukraine is now an E.U. [European Union] candidate,” Ms. von der Leyen said on Twitter ahead of meetings with senior Ukrainian officials, including President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who had recently returned from a visit to areas the Ukrainian military had recaptured from Russian forces in eastern Ukraine. “I’ll discuss with Zelenskyy and [Prime Minister] Denys Shmyhal how to continue getting our economies and people closer…

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelens-kyy on September 14 traveled to Izium, one of the largest cities recently retaken from Russia in a lightning counteroffensive in the eastern part of the country. The Ukrainian military in a statement on social media said Mr. Zelenskyy and military officials “took part” in a ceremony raising the Ukrainian flag over the liberated city, which was key for Russia’s ambitions to capture the Donbas region. Photos showed Mr. Zelenskyy greeting Ukrainian soldiers participating in the rapidly advancing counteroffensive. Mr. Zelenskyy said in his nightly address on September 13 that Ukraine was in full control of more…

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Ukrainian troops have recaptured several settlements in the Kharkiv region in the country’s northeast. “This week we have good news from the Kharkiv region,” Mr. Zelenskyy said in his nightly address on September 7, noting that Ukrainians probably had already seen reports about the activity of Ukrainian forces. He added that “now is not the right time” to name the settlements that have been recaptured, but he thanked the military units “for their bravery and heroism during combat missions” in restoring the Ukrainian flag. Breakthroughs by Ukrainian forces in the Kharkiv region had been reported…

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PRAGUE – Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on the European Union to ban all Russians except political dissidents from traveling to the bloc on the grounds that Moscow’s unprovoked invasion enjoys wide support at home. Speaking to RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service on the sidelines of an informal meeting of European Union foreign affairs ministers...

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Ukrainians have celebrated 31 years of independence from the Soviet Union, and also marked six months since Russia invaded the country, in an ongoing war that has killed tens of thousands of people, devastated Ukraine’s economy and turned Russia into a virtual pariah state. Ukrainians were warned to remain vigilant on August 24 as they...

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Fighting continued unabated in Ukraine on August 25 as Russia’s unprovoked invasion entered its seventh month, with Moscow’s forces reportedly firing cluster munitions in a central city a day after at least 25 people were killed in a Russian missile strike on a Ukrainian railway station. As Ukrainians celebrated 31 years of independence from the...

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Ukrainian authorities say the last two working reactors at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant were shut down due to fires and damaged power lines, heightening fears of a potential accident as the facility was disconnected from Ukraine’s electricity grid for the first time. The August 25 announcement by the state energy operator Enerhoatom comes as...

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Ukraine’s military says that its forces have beaten back a Russian attack in the southern region of Kherson, while shelling by Moscow’s forces in the northeastern city of Kharkiv killed seven people and wounded 16. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called the Kharkiv shelling, which hit a dormitory, “vile and cynical.” “Pain for Kharkiv. Rocket attack....

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Russian forces pounded civilian settlements in the Kharkiv area while attempting to advance in the eastern Donetsk region, Ukraine’s military said on August 17, as Russia blamed sabotage for explosions at one of its military bases in Moscow-annexed Crimea amid hints by Kyiv that it was responsible for the incident. The General Staff of the...

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Heavy fighting has been reported around the eastern Ukrainian town of Pisky, some 10 kilometers northwest of the city of Donetsk. “It is hot in Pisky,” wrote Danil Bezsonov, a member of a Russia-backed separatist group that calls itself the Donetsk People’s Repub-lic, on Telegram early on August 11. “The town is ours, but there...

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Ukraine said Moscow was putting together an attack force aimed at President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s hometown of Kry-vyi Rih, as Russia bombarded several parts of Ukraine, causing casualties and damage. Pavlo Kyrylenko, governor of the eastern Donetsk region, said on Telegram that three civilians had been killed in Bakhmut, Maryinka and Shevchenko and five wounded in...

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A Ukrainian strike on a Russian ammunition train most likely damaged the rail connection between the Moscow-occupied Kherson region and annexed Crimea, British intelligence said on August 3, as Kyiv admitted that despite supplies of Western weapons the military situation in the east was “hell.” Britain’s Ministry of Defense said in its daily intelligence bulletin...

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