Author: RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service

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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Ukrainian officials have called for an investigation after videos appeared on social media that apparently show Russian soldiers castrating, and then killing, a Ukrainian prisoner of war. Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets said on July 29 that he had requested the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office to launch a probe into the gruesome videos, which appeared on several...

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More than 75,000 Russian soldiers – about half of the force sent by Moscow to invade Ukraine in February – are believed to have been killed or wounded, a U.S. lawmaker said, as Kyiv was reportedly stepping up its counteroffensive to retake the occupied Kherson region. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), who spoke to CNN after...

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A Ukrainian defense official says Russian troops are engaged in a massive redeployment in the south of the country, including an area where Ukraine has launched a counteroffensive. Security Council Secretary Oleksiy Danilov made the comments on Ukrainian television on July 27, saying the redeployments were taking place in the direction of the Kherson, Melitopol...

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As Moscow struggles to achieve ‘minimal gains’ The Ukrainian military used modern Western-made artillery to strike and seriously damage a strategic bridge in Moscow-occupied southern Ukraine as Russia’s top diplomat warned that Moscow’s “geographical” objectives in the war had changed and now extend beyond the previously stated goal of occupying the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk...

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Russia’s military kept up its relentless artillery bombardment of civilian-populated areas as the death toll from fighting in the east and south of Ukraine continued to climb amid what Kyiv said were failed attempts by Russian forces to gain ground. Ihor Terekhov, the mayor of Kharkiv, said one of the most densely populated areas of...

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Ukrainian forces have struck at least three Russian military sites in southern Ukraine as they intensified their counteroffensive in the region, while Russia maintained its shelling of towns and cities in the east, south and center of the country. Among the bloodiest of the attacks on July 14, Ukrainians authorities reported that three missiles hit the historic town of Vinnytsia, 270 kilometers west of Kyiv, killing at least 12 people and injuring dozens more. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called the attack “an open act of terrorism.” Meanwhile, on the diplomatic front, a breakthrough appeared to be near on July 14 in…

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Ukraine says its forces have forced Russian troops off of Snake Island in the Black Sea, a claim Russia denied with Moscow calling it a withdrawal of its forces as a “gesture of goodwill” to show the country isn’t impeding efforts to allow the export of agricultural products. The report came on June 30 as...

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelens-kyy has called for the United Nations to send a special representative or the secretary general to the site of a missile strike on a shopping mall in the city of Kremen-chuk. Mr. Zelenskyy said this would allow the U.N. to independently gather information and “see that this indeed was a Russian...

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Russian forces pounded the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine on June 22 as they sought to completely encircle the last pocket of Ukrainian resistance in the embattled cities of Lysychansk and Severo-donetsk in the Luhansk region. Serhiy Hayday, head of the military administration in Luhansk region, where the twin cities are located, said Ukrainian forces...

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Russian forces, backed by massive artillery power, pressed ahead with their offensive to completely encircle Ukraine’s last pocket of resistance in the Luhansk region as Kyiv announced the arrival of the first U.S. long-range weapons systems the outgunned Ukrainians have been waiting on for months. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said on June 23 that...

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