One of President Vladimir Putin's closest allies said on Monday that Russia would achieve its aims in the conflict in Ukraine on its own terms, warning that the West had a long-term plan to destroy Russia.
Russia and Ukraine on Friday accused each other of shelling a prison in a separatist eastern region that reportedly killed dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war who were captured after the fall of Mariupol in May.
Kiev expects the first grain deliveries under a UN-brokered deal to leave Ukrainian ports "this week", Ukraine's Infrastructure Minister said Monday, despite Russian strikes on Ukraine's Black Sea port of Odessa.
The U.S. Department of Defense is considering whether it can send fighter jets to Ukraine in the future, a White House spokesman told reporters on Friday as the conflict with Russia enters its fifth month and fighting rages in eastern Ukraine.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that Moscow's military "tasks" in Ukraine now went beyond the eastern Donbas region, in the clearest acknowledgment yet that its war goals have expanded in the past five months.
Ukraine claimed on Tuesday it had carried out a successful long-range rocket strike against Russian forces in southern Ukraine, hitting an ammunition dump in the town of Nova Kakhovka in the Kherson region, killing 52 Russians.
Russia’s defense minister said Russian forces took control Sunday of the last major Ukrainian-held city in Ukraine’s Luhansk Province, bringing Moscow closer to its stated goal of seizing all of Ukraine’s Donbas region.