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A Ukrainian serviceman operates a drone at a entrance line close to the village of Robotyne within the Zaporizhzhia area on Aug. 25. (Viacheslav Ratynskyi/Reuters)

Ukrainian forces have achieved “notable progress” in retaking territory within the southern area of Zaporizhzhia over the previous three days, White Home spokesperson John Kirby informed reporters. The feedback observe weeks of a close to stalemate that had sparked concern amongst Kyiv’s supporters.

Russia’s house company introduced that the brand new Sarmat missile, which is able to carrying a number of nuclear warheads, is on “fight obligation.” The announcement, reported by Russian state information company Interfax, got here months after the weapon was anticipated to be prepared and shortly after Ukraine claimed it had used new domestically made long-range missiles to hit a goal some 435 miles away. The Washington Submit couldn’t independently confirm the claims.

Right here’s the most recent on the warfare and its ripple results throughout the globe.

Kirby informed reporters Friday that Kyiv’s forces “have achieved some success alongside that second line of Russian defenses,” however “it’s not past the realm of the doable that Russia will react” to Ukraine’s push. He declined to touch upon Ukraine’s claims relating to its new long-range missiles and reiterated the administration’s coverage of not encouraging or enabling Ukrainian strikes inside Russia.

The Sarmat missile doesn’t pose a major risk to america, the Pentagon mentioned in April final yr after the Kremlin efficiently test-launched it. NATO has dubbed the weapon “Devil 2.” When Russian President Vladimir Putin introduced it in 2018, he claimed it may breach “any missile protection” system.

Moscow on Friday designated Nobel laureate Dmitry Muratov a “overseas agent,” a label used to harass human rights organizations and journalists in Russia. Muratov is the editor in chief of the unbiased Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and has been a daily critic of the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine. He shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Philippine journalist Maria Ressa in 2021.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky mentioned that greater than 3.7 million Ukrainian kids began the brand new college yr Friday, most of whom are learning within the nation. Each lesson that was taught was proof “that Ukraine will certainly endure” and that “life goes on,” he mentioned in his nightly handle.

Russia’s Ministry of Protection claimed early Saturday it had repelled three makes an attempt to assault the Crimean Bridge utilizing drones. It blamed Ukraine, which has not taken duty. The British Ministry of Protection mentioned Friday that Russia created an underwater barrier of submerged ships and floating obstacles to discourage assaults on the Crimean Bridge, which was hit by Ukraine in July.

Russia dangers “dividing its forces” because it seeks to confront Ukraine’s counteroffensive, in response to the British Protection Ministry. Russian forces had been making an attempt to halt the southern counteroffensive whereas additionally persevering with their very own offensive round Kupiansk, within the northeast of the nation, in a possible try to “distract Ukraine,” the ministry tweeted early Saturday.

Russia mentioned Friday that any weapons amenities in Ukraine may turn out to be a goal, a day after Zelensky’s workplace introduced that BAE Methods — Britain’s largest protection contractor, which has been offering Ukraine with weapons similar to artillery techniques — will open an workplace in Kyiv.

Russia’s short-term navy reinforcement wants could also be impeding its supposed long-term reconstitution efforts, the Institute for the Research of Warfare mentioned in an evaluation Friday. Its latest redeployment of forces “suggests an growing Russian concern concerning the stability of Russian defenses in gentle of Ukrainian advances round Robotyne” within the Zaporizhzhia area, the ISW mentioned.

German prosecutors launched an investigation Friday into an assault on a 10-year outdated Ukrainian by a person insisting the boy converse Russian. Investigators mentioned an unidentified man talking Russian accosted a gaggle of Ukrainian kids within the city of Einbeck on Aug. 26, complaining that they had been talking Ukrainian and demanding they converse Russian. He then pushed a 10-year outdated over a canal bridge railing, the general public prosecutor’s workplace mentioned in a press release, including that the person was being investigated for tried homicide. The boy was injured within the head and foot, the assertion mentioned.

Elon Musk’s X, previously Twitter, has performed a significant function in permitting Russian propaganda about Ukraine to succeed in extra individuals than earlier than the warfare started, in response to a research by the European Fee. The attain of Kremlin-aligned social media accounts has grown over the course of 2022, with additional progress this yr “pushed specifically by the dismantling of Twitter’s security requirements,” the research discovered.

Leaders of Ukrainian anti-corruption our bodies met U.S. authorities officers throughout a five-day go to to Washington, D.C., this week, the State Division introduced. The Departments of State, Justice, and Treasury, and USAID, hosted the go to from Ukraine’s Specialised Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Workplace, Nationwide Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, and Excessive Anti-Corruption Court docket, the division mentioned in a media notice Friday. The leaders additionally met with nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan, the White Home mentioned in a separate assertion. Tackling corruption is a key situation the European Union has set for Ukraine to hitch the bloc.

Belarus summoned Poland’s envoy after claiming {that a} Polish helicopter had violated its airspace, the Belarusian Overseas Ministry tweeted Friday. “Such a border crossing couldn’t have occurred and it didn’t occur. Our radar techniques are unambiguous,” Polish navy operational command spokesman Lt. Col. Jacek Goryszewski responded Friday, in response to Reuters. Relations between the 2 nations have worsened in latest months, after Russian Wagner Group mercenaries entered Belarus after their failed mutiny in Russia and started coaching Belarusian troops.

Again in school, Russian college students get a lesson from Professor Putin: On the primary day of the varsity yr, Putin spoke by videoconference to kids at a brand new college within the occupied Ukrainian metropolis of Mariupol in 4 Russian areas. He mirrored nostalgically on the Soviet period and mentioned efforts to impose Russian training on “the brand new territories, new areas” — a reference to occupied Ukraine.

Putin’s claims that Ukraine is a part of Russia’s “historic lands” at the moment are a part of the official curriculum, Robyn Dixon and Natalia Abbakumova report, and there are new textbooks and new lessons to serve the Kremlin’s narrative.

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