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Damage to Russian-held hydroelectric plant floods south Ukraine battlefield

The Kakhovka dam controls water supplies to towns throughout southern Ukraine, including Crimea and other territory illegally occupied by Russia. Thousands were being evacuated.

June 6, 2023

Ukraine live briefing: Blinken says U.S. ‘won’t let’ Putin impose will on others; Kyiv shoots down drones

Ukraine said air defenses shot down more than 30 missiles and drones. In Helsinki, Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivered a speech on the war.

June 2, 2023

Amid unease in Moscow, Putin seeks to project calm after drone attack

The Kremlin said air defenses worked 'properly' even as it faced questions about introducing martial law in response to drone strikes in Moscow.

May 31, 2023

Ukraine live briefing: Kremlin blames Kyiv for drone strikes on Moscow; U.N. hears Zaporizhzhia nuclear safety plan

Moscow's mayor said drones hit two residential buildings there. The report came after Russia's third air attack on Kyiv in 24 hours.

May 30, 2023

Ukraine live briefing: U.S. distances itself after Humvees seen in Belgorod

The Pentagon said it did not approve any transfers of equipment to paramilitary organizations outside the Ukrainian military.

May 24, 2023

Ukraine live briefing: Detention of U.S. journalist extended 3 months; battles rage on Bakhmut outskirts

The White House reiterated its call for Russia to release Evan Gershkovich and Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine convicted of espionage in Russia in 2020.

May 23, 2023

Ukraine live briefing: Damaged Patriot system in Kyiv has been fixed, U.S. says

Explosions rocked Kyiv as Russia continued barrages of airstrikes on the Ukrainian capital.

May 18, 2023

Ukraine live briefing: Wagner chief calls on Russian defense leaders to ‘stop lying’ about battlefield strength

The Ukrainian and Russian sides have given conflicting statements on whether Ukraine’s counteroffensive has begun, amid fierce fighting for the city of Bakhmut.

May 12, 2023

Ukraine live briefing: Battle for Bakhmut intensifies; U.S. authorizes transfer of forfeited Russian assets to Ukraine

Ukraine needs more time before launching its long-anticipated spring counteroffensive against Russian forces, President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

May 11, 2023

Ukraine live briefing: Wagner chief criticizes war effort as Putin presides over scaled-back Victory Day; U.S. announces new aid

The Biden administration on Tuesday announced a $1.2 billion aid package aimed at bolstering Ukraine’s air defenses and sustaining its ammunition supply.

May 9, 2023