The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on March 21 it had reached a staff-level agreement with Ukraine for a four-year financing package worth about $15.6 billion. The aid aims to anchor the country's policies that sustain fiscal, external, price and financial stability in Ukraine.
The General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces reported on March 19 that Russia had lost 164,910 troops in Ukraine since the beginning of its full-scale invasion on Feb. 24 last year.
At least six civilians were wounded in the town of Konstyantynivka after Russian forces shelled the area with cluster munitions from Uragan multiple rocket launcher systems, Donetsk Oblast Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko reported on March 18.
The police said 15 cities and towns, including Bakhmut, Konstyantynivka, and Avdiivka, came under the attack.
Russian forces struck five communities, including Bilopillia, Esman, Shalyhyne, Nova Sloboda, and Krasnopillia, on March 6, according to the Sumy Oblast military administration. Russia used mortars, artillery and drones to attack the settlements.
Ukrainian military downed 16 missiles in the early hours of Feb. 16 amid Russia's 15th mass missile strike on Ukraine's critical infrastructure. Ukraine's Air Force reported that a total of 32 missiles had been launched against Ukraine.
Senior Russian leaders are likely aware that Russia’s military-industrial output is becoming a critical weakness, exacerbated by the strategic and operational miscalculation of the invasion of Ukraine, the U.K. Defense Ministry reported on Feb. 15.
Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger said Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky asked Slovakia for MiG-29 fighter jets, Slovak newspaper SME reported. Heger added that negotiations will begin now.
Additional sanctions were announced on Feb. 3 as the U.S., the G7, the European Union and Australia placed a price cap on “seaborne Russian-origin petroleum products,” the U.S. Department of Treasury said.
Governor Oleh Syniehubov said that Russia targeted the regional capital Kharkiv late on Jan. 29 with what he called an S-300 missile.
ISW: Russian warlord Girkin, Putin's confidant Prigozhin likely competing for influence, patronage among pro-war politicians
Yevgeny Prigozhin and Igor Girkin are likely competing for favor with the same pro-war nationalist patronage networks within the Kremlin that outspoken nationalist politicians represent, the Institute for the Study of War said in their latest update.
The U.S. is planning to send Ukraine a more advanced M1A2 configuration of the Abrams tank, rather than the older version that the American military has in storage, three people with knowledge of the matter told Politico. President Joe Biden announced on Jan. 25 that the U.S. will send Ukraine a battalion of 31 M1 Abrams tanks in a significant show of support for Kyiv in its fight against Russia.
“We managed to identify and verify the data of at least 13,899 children who were abducted and deported by the Russian army, and, unfortunately, we can say that only 125 (of them) we managed to return home,” Daria Herasymchuk, Ukraine’s presidential advisor for children’s rights and rehabilitation, said on Jan. 17.
New images published by U.S. satellite imagery company Maxar from after Jan. 10 reveal apartment buildings in Soledar that have been completely destroyed as Russia lays siege to the town.
Ukraine's forces launched 17 attacks on the areas of concentration of Russian troops and three strikes on their anti-aircraft missile systems' positions in the past 24 hours, according to the General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces. In their Jan. 9 update, the General Staff also reported that the Russian army launched at least seven missiles, 31 air strikes and over 70 MLRS attacks against Ukraine.
UK Defense Ministry: Russia boosts defenses in Zaporizhzhia as fears over Ukraine’s counteroffensive mount
“A major Ukrainian breakthrough in Zaporizhzhia would seriously challenge the viability of Russia’s ‘land bridge’ linking Russia’s Rostov region and Crimea,” the ministry said.
Russian forces launched a massive strike against Ukraine using Iranian-made Shahed-131/136 kamikaze drones overnight on Jan. 2. The air defense destroyed all 39 drones. Over the same reporting period, two Orlan-10 drones were downed as well as an X-59 guided missile.
General Staff: Ukrainian forces repel Russian attacks near 11 settlements in Donetsk, Luhansk oblasts
Over the past day, Ukrainian forces repelled Russian attacks near Stelmakhivka and Bilohorivka in Luhansk Oblast and Rozdolivka, Bilohorivka, Soledar, Krasna Hora, Bakhmut, Klishchiiivka, Ozerianivka, Opytne and Krasnohorivka in Donetsk Oblast, the General Staff of the Armed Forces said in their Jan. 2 update.
Kyiv City Military Administration reported that five Shahed-type drones were spotted over Kyiv overnight on Dec. 30. Air defense downed all the targets. One of the drones' loitering munition packages hit and damaged an administrative building in Kyiv's Holosiivskyi district along with some of the windows in an adjacent building. There is no information about casualties.
Ukraine's rocket and artillery forces have hit two ammunition depots, one control point and seven areas of concentration of Russian troops in the past 24 hours, according to the General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces. In their Dec. 28 update, the General Staff also reported that the Russian army launched at least one missile, and over 30 MLRS attacks against Ukraine.
President Volodymyr Zelensky issued a decree on Dec. 11 against seven representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, an affiliate of the Russian Orthodox Church, putting into effect the decision of the National Security and Defense Council. “We are doing everything so that the aggressor state does
Moldova’s Interior Ministry said part of a missile was found by a police patrol near the village of Briceni, northern Moldova, close to the Ukrainian border. The missile's origin is still unspecified, but a photo attached to the Ministry’s post appears to be of the booster section of a large missile.
The U.K. says the sanctioned individuals have been involved in the further mobilization of troops for Russia's war against Ukraine.
Kherson Oblast Governor Yaroslav Yanushevych reported on Nov. 26 that Russian forces shelled Chornobaivka in Kherson Oblast, wounding a child.
ISW: Russians increasingly turning to social media to express their dissatisfaction with mobilization problems
Sixteen anti-war groups in Russia launched a petition demanding that Russian President Vladimir Putin demobilize all mobilized Russian men, the Institute for the Study of War said in its latest report. The petition has already garnered almost 38,000 signatories as of Nov. 15.
Russian state workers are quietly checking basements and other shelters not used since Soviet times, people familiar with the efforts told Bloomberg. Inspections and cleanups of civil-defense facilities, which were typically built in the basements of hospitals, apartment buildings, schools and government offices in the Soviet era, are taking place in cities across the country, sources told the journalists.
U.S. Department of Defense announced the authorization of security assistance valued at up to $400 million "to meet Ukraine's critical security and defense needs." The new package will include air defense contributions, such as missiles for Hawk air defense systems and four Avenger air defense systems. Additional ammunition for HIMARS' are also included in the package.
Russian forces haven't destroyed any of the U.S.-provided High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), Politico reported, citing a Pentagon official.
About 2.6 million people in Ukraine will be unemployed by the end of 2022, almost twice as many as in 2021, Deputy Economy Minister Tetiana Berezhna told Ukrainske Radio. "Eight candidates are now competing for one job," said Berezhna.