Live Briefing: Russia Invades Ukraine


RFE/RL’s Live Briefing gives you all of the latest developments on Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Western military aid to Kyiv, 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

  • A Russian missile strike on the central Ukrainian city of Dnipro has targeted a Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) facility and a high-rise apartment building, injuring at least nine people, including two children.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy marked Statehood Day by defiantly reiterating the country’s sovereignty. The Russian Defense Ministry said it shot down a Ukrainian missile in the city of Taganrog about 40 kilometers east of the border with Ukraine. It said another Ukrainian missile was downed in the region’s Azov district.
  • The chairman of the African Union said on July 28 that proposals by Russian President Vladimir Putin to provide grain to Africa were insufficient.
  • The International Olympic Committee awarded Ukrainian fencer Olha Kharlan a place in the Paris Olympics after she was disqualified at the World Fencing Championships for refusing to shake her Russian opponent’s hand.
  • Czech police stopped an unnamed Russian tennis player from entering the country ahead of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Prague Open, as a new government resolution banning athletes from Russia or Belarus caused the event to scratch other competitors.
  • The Security Service of Ukraine said that a court in Ukraine had sentenced in absentia 18 lawmakers in the Russian parliament’s lower chamber, the State Duma, to 15 years in prison each on a charge of encroaching on the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
  • The Russian Interior Ministry said on July 27 that International Criminal Court (ICC) Judge Tomoko Akane has been placed on the government’s wanted list.
  • Authorities in Kyiv said Moscow has destroyed dozens of grain export facilities since exiting a UN-brokered grain export deal earlier this month.

Ukraine’s Counteroffensive Is Going Slowly. Is That A Problem?

Here’s what we know six weeks into a major counteroffensive that Kyiv hopes will change the course of the war: It’s not happening. At least not yet. Whether the sluggish pace is trouble, underscoring Ukrainian weaknesses, Russian strengths, or something else, depends on whom you ask. Read the story by Mike Eckel here.

What Will Be The Long-Term Impact Of The Latest Crimea Bridge Blast?

Although Russian officials have hastened to downplay the damage caused by the July 17 explosion on the only bridge linking Russia to occupied Crimea, experts say even a few hours of logistical delay at this time could be important. Read the report by Robert Coalson here.

After Prigozhin’s Mutiny, What Happens Next?

The dust is still settling in Russia, after Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin’s march on Moscow, a mutiny that presented the gravest challenge to President Putin in his 23 years as Russia’s preeminent leader. Where we go from here is far from certain. Read the story by Mike Eckel here.

How Are Ordinary Russians Feeling About The War Being Delivered To Their Doorstep?

Attacks in Shebekino and elsewhere in the Belgorod region have brought the war home to Russia as local residents grapple with the new reality. Read the article by Oleg Artyushenko here.

The Ukrainian Cities Obliterated In Russia’s Self-Proclaimed ‘Liberation’

Russia’s full-scale war on Ukraine has nearly wiped multiple cities and towns from the face of the Earth, despite the Kremlin’s claim that it is conducting a campaign of “liberation.” Read the report by RFE/RL’s Donbas.Realities, Svitlana Kuzmenko, and Carl Schreck here.

After The Flood: What Do We Know About The Destroyed Ukrainian Dam And Its Consequences?

The collapse of the Nova Kakhovka dam sent torrents of water flooding through Ukraine’s southern Dnieper River basin, prompting evacuations and inundating thousands of hectares of land. Among other consequences, it could cause the biggest environmental disaster of Russia’s full-scale invasion. Read the report by Mike Eckel here.

Who Is Flying Military-Grade Drones Over Moscow?

The drones that slammed into buildings and hit other locations in Moscow this week were the second batch to rattle the Russian capital in a month. It’s still not clear who’s behind them, and what the goal is. Here’s what we know. Read the report by Mike Eckel here.

How Do We Prevent A Black-Swan Event In Ukraine?

The sooner Ukraine defeats Russia on the battlefield, the less likely there is the risk of a so-called black swan event “such as a tactical nuclear weapon used by Russia,” says Dan Rice, a former special adviser to the head of Ukraine’s armed forces. Read the interview by Vazha Tavberidze here.


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