Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.
- The State Department on Tuesday authorized $625 million in new security assistance to Ukraine. The new assistance means that the United States will have contributed a total of $16.8 billion to Ukraine since the Russian invasion in February, according to the State Department.
- A Russian diplomat at the United Nations said Tuesday that the level of U.S. military assistance to Ukraine was pushing “the situation closer to a dangerous point of a direct military confrontation between Russia and NATO,” the state-owned Tass news agency reported.
- Russia’s upper house, the Federation Council, ratified the illegal annexation of the Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, Donetsk and Luhansk regions in Ukraine on Tuesday. The lower house approved the annexations Monday.
- A Russian court set Oct. 25 as the appeal date for Brittney Griner, the WNBA star held in Russia for drug possession, the Associated Press reported. In August, Griner was sentenced to 9½ years in prison after being accused of having vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage. Griner’s attorneys say the penalty is excessive and that she was prescribed cannabis to treat pain.
- Ukrainian forces in the south and east are “throwing problems at the Russian chain of command faster than the Russians can effectively respond,” according to a Western official who spoke with reporters on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive security information. “And this is compounding the existing dysfunction within the Russian invasion force.”
- Russian forces are continuing offensive operations in Ukraine’s north and east, a senior U.S. military official said Monday, also in a briefing with reporters. Russian troops are firing artillery shells into Kupiansk, a Ukrainian-held town near Luhansk. There is heavy fighting near Bakhmut as Russian forces try to push west, the official said, but Ukrainian troops are holding their lines.
- The Kremlin praised Elon Musk’s four-point “peace plan” for ending the war in Ukraine. Musk outlined the “plan” in a Twitter poll that sparked a wave of criticism. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday that Russia considers it “very positive that such a person as Musk is looking for ways out of the situation around Ukraine.”
- Japan deemed a Russian consul in Sapporo persona non grata and ordered the diplomat to leave the country by Oct. 10. Japan issued the declaration after Russia detained a Japanese diplomat in Vladivostok last week and ordered him to leave.
- The war in Ukraine has hurt prospects of a post-pandemic economic recovery in developing economies in Europe and Central Asia, the World Bank said Tuesday. Economic activity will remain “deeply depressed through next year... as energy price shocks continue to impact the region,” the organization said.
From our correspondents
Refuting annexation, Ukrainian forces push on from Lyman toward Luhansk: Ukrainian soldiers cheered as they drove out of Lyman on Monday, passing Russian corpses being placed into black bags. Just two days after Ukrainian troops claimed victory in the vital transport hub in Donetsk, there was almost no military presence left there — a sign of how quickly Ukrainian forces are advancing after months of incremental gains.
After Putin’s “partial mobilization” of troops, Isabelle Khurshudyan and Louisa Loveluck write, Kyiv appears to be making a major push to recapture as much occupied territory as it can before Russian reinforcements arrive.
John Hudson, Mary Ilyushina, Emily Rauhala, Isabelle Khurshudyan and Michelle Ye Hee Lee contributed to this report.