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Live Briefing: Russia Invades Ukraine


Rescuers work at a residential building that was heavily damaged by a Russian missile strike in Zaporizhzhya on October 6.

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

  • Ukraine's Center For Civil Liberties was awarded the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize along with Russia's Memorial rights group and Belarusian activist Ales Byalyatski.
  • EU leaders meeting at an informal summit in Prague on October 7 are set to look into ways to smooth over differences on how to tackle soaring energy prices as the 27-member bloc grapples with the fallout from Russia's war on Ukraine.
  • U.S. President Joe Biden has warned that the threat of the Kremlin using nuclear weapons was the highest in six decades.
  • Ukrainian forces have continued their advance in the south and east, retaking territory occupied by Moscow, even as President Vladimir Putin said he expected the situation to "stabilize" in the four Ukrainian regions incorporated by Russia last week.
  • The European Union's eighth sanctions package on Russia over its war in Ukraine was officially adopted on October 6 after gaining final approval the previous day, the bloc's executive arm said.
  • Russia has submitted a preliminary objection to a genocide case brought by Ukraine against Russia, the International Court of Justice said on October 6.
  • U.S. intelligence agencies reportedly believe a car bombing that killed the daughter of Kremlin-connected far-right ideologue Aleksandr Dugin was authorized by elements within the Ukrainian government.
  • Russia says it is remains "fully committed" to avoiding a nuclear conflict amid global concerns that recent statements from the Kremlin indicated atomic weapons are an option if Moscow's war on Ukraine escalates.
  • Biden told Zelenskiy in a phone call that the United States will provide Kyiv with $625 million in new security assistance.
  • In a show of European solidarity, Ukraine has been added to Portugal and Spain's bid to host the 2030 World Cup.

Are Russia's Military Setbacks Posing A Challenge For Putin?

The Ukrainian victory in the Donetsk region town of Lyman is the latest in a series of major battlefield defeats for Russia’s military. Criticism of Russian commanders is now bubbling to the surface. That’s a problem for the Kremlin. Read Mike Eckel's report here.

Why Have Central Asian Countries Remained Tightlipped About Russia's Sham Referendums In Ukraine?

The mood among Central Asian countries regarding Moscow's actions in Ukraine has changed since Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, which some countries in the region de facto recognized. Read the report by Chris Rickleton here.

Would Ukraine Be Ready If Belarus Were To Enter The War?

The Ukrainian Army, National Guard, and State Border Guard Service have been conducting joint exercises near the border with Belarus. These exercises have been going on since Ukrainian forces liberated the Chernihiv region from Russian troops. The Ukrainian military demonstrated for journalists how its forces would handle an invasion by Ukraine's northern neighbor. Report by Roksolana Bychai

Ukrainian Forces Prepare For Potential Attack By Belarus
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How Is Russian Society Reacting To Putin's Mobilization?

At least 300,000 men – and possibly up to 1 million -- are being called up to fight in Ukraine under the mobilization order announced by the Kremlin this week. Already, the impact of a national mobilization is reverberating across the country. Read Mike Eckel's report here.

How Russian Oil Evades EU Sanctions And Lands In European Ports

How Russian Oil Evades EU Sanctions And Lands In European Ports
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