Here’s the latest on Russia’s war in Ukraine and its ripple effects around the world.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia will soon deploy new hypersonic missiles in Ukraine. At the country’s annual Navy Day parade, he claimed that the Zircon missiles “have no equivalent in the world.” Their development has been underway for years. Russia said earlier this year it had used a type of hypersonic missile — which fly at five times the speed of sound — against Ukraine.
- Putin also signed a new naval doctrine outlining Russia’s determination to boost its naval strength in the Black Sea and Sea of Azov, which border Ukraine. Among the perceived threats to Russia listed in the 55-page doctrine were the “advance” of NATO military infrastructure to Russia’s borders.
- A drone attack on Russia’s Black Sea fleet headquarters, in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, sent a defiant message on Navy Day, an important military holiday. The attack forced the cancellation of celebrations in Crimea, the peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014. Ukraine denied responsibility for the attack, but said Russian military outposts in Crimea are legitimate targets.
- Zelensky issued a mandatory evacuation order for civilians still living in the war-torn eastern region of Donetsk, saying many were refusing to leave. “There are hundreds of thousands of people, tens of thousands of children … many people refuse to leave … but it really needs to be done,” he said in his nightly address. Russian forces have seized large areas of Donetsk but observers say its offensive has slowed.
- The agriculture magnate Oleksiy Vadatursky was killed along with his wife in Mykolaiv on Sunday, regional governor Vitaliy Kim said. Vadatursky owned the Nibulon agricultural company, which has built storage facilities for grain. Zelensky said Vadatursky’s death was “a great loss for all of Ukraine.”
- Russia says it has invited representatives of the United Nations and the Red Cross to investigate the deaths of Ukrainian prisoners of war — many of whom were members of the Azov Regiment who surrendered in Mariupol — at a detention center in Olenivka, in a Russian-occupied sector of Donetsk. Kyiv insists Russia was behind the deaths while Russian-backed separatists allege more than 50 prisoners of war were killed in a Ukrainian missile attack.
- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Ukraine requested access to the POWs from the Olenivka facility on Friday. As of Saturday, its request had not been granted, ICRC said on Twitter. Granting the ICRC access is required under the Geneva Conventions, the committee said.
- Satellite images released by Maxar Technologies showed damaged sections of the center. In before and after shots, Maxar said the pictures showed “one part of a building within the prison compound can be seen with extensive damage on today’s imagery, reportedly part of a destroyed barracks at the prison.”
- Russian-backed forces fired up to 50 shells in residential areas of Nikopol in Dnipropetrovsk, the region’s governor said on Telegram on Sunday. Valentyn Reznichenko said two other districts were set on fire, and gas and water pipelines are damaged.
- Grain shipments from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports could restart as early as Monday, a spokesperson for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said. Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement brokered by the U.N. and Turkey last week to allow grain exports to resume.
From our correspondents on the ground
‘Horrific’ video apparently showing castration of Ukrainian fighter condemned. Amnesty International and the European Union have backed Kyiv in calling for an investigation into footage circulating online that appears to show pro-Russian forces castrating and executing a captive Ukrainian fighter, write The Washington Post’s Dalton Bennett and Ellen Francis.
Ukrainian officials pledged to identify the perpetrators after gruesome videos recently surfaced on pro-Russian Telegram channels showing a group of men, one of them seen wearing pro-Russian symbols, castrating and executing a prisoner dressed in military fatigues with Ukrainian military insignia.