As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its 292nd day, we look at the main developments.
Here is the situation as of Monday, December 12:
in the fight
Fierce fighting continued in the east and south of the country, while drone and missile attacks on key power infrastructure kept many Ukrainians in the cold and in the dark.
Russian forces continued their attempts to break through Ukrainian defenses, training tanks and artillery fire in 26 settlements near Avdiivka and Bakhmut in the east.
Ukraine attacked the occupied Melitopol, a strategically located city in the southeast of the country. Russian officials said a missile attack killed two people and wounded 10, and the city’s exiled mayor said many “invaders” were killed.
Ukrainian forces attacked a hotel city in Kadiivka, where members of the Russian private military group Wagner were based, killing many.
Ukraine’s top security officials have ordered punitive measures against seven clerics as part of a crackdown on a branch of the Orthodox Church with long-standing ties to Moscow.
Some Russian officers fighting in Ukraine are unhappy with senior members of the military and President Vladimir Putin over the poor execution of the war, an influential Russian nationalist blogger said after visiting the conflict zone.
Russia launched what it calls a “special military operation” in Ukraine after concerns over peace deals between Kiev and Russia-backed separatists were ignored, Russian news agencies quoted a Kremlin spokesman as saying.
The port of Odesa is not operational after the latest attack on the region’s power system.
All non-critical infrastructure in Odesa was without power after Russia used Iranian-made drones to strike two power facilities, leaving 1.5 million people without power.
The US is prioritizing efforts to bolster Ukraine’s air defenses, President Joe Biden told President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The Ukrainian president thanked Biden for “unprecedented defense and financial” support.
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Washington’s aid to Ukraine’s military and economy has been more than $50 billion and counting.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the Black Sea grain export deal with the leaders of Russia and Ukraine as both sides seek changes that will boost their exports.
European Union foreign ministers will meet on Monday to try to agree on more sanctions on Russia and Iran and an additional $2.11 billion in arms shipments to Ukraine.
There are no peace talks and no end to Europe’s deadliest conflict since World War II.
A team of international legal advisers has been working with local prosecutors in the recaptured Ukrainian city of Kherson in recent days as Russian forces gather evidence of alleged sex crimes.
Russia’s ambassador to Moscow said the British royal family had been advised not to contact the Russian embassy in London, Izvestia newspaper reported.
Emergency crews are working to alleviate power shortages in many parts of Ukraine after the Russian attacks, particularly in the Black Sea port of Odesa, Zelenskyy said.