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A Weekly Recap and a Look Ahead (Aug 29): NPR

People attend a ceremony for fallen Ukrainian soldiers on the Field of Mars on August 24 in Lviv, Ukraine. The day marked six months since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, as well as Ukraine’s Independence Day.

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People attend a ceremony for fallen Ukrainian soldiers on the Field of Mars on August 24 in Lviv, Ukraine. The day marked six months since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, as well as Ukraine’s Independence Day.

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As the week begins, here’s a recap of the key developments of the past week and a look ahead.

What to see this week

Sunday: A team of the International Atomic Energy Agency is on its way to visit the Zaporizhzhia NPP. IAEA director Rafael Mariano Grossi is leading the mission.

So on Monday, Ukraine said so. launched a counteroffensive against Russian forces in the south. The battles will be watched for signs of Ukraine’s efforts to recapture areas such as the city of Kherson.

Tuesday: Defense and Foreign Ministers of the European Union will meet at an informal summit in Prague, which will continue until Wednesday. The foreign ministers are expected decide on a proposed ban on Russian tourists.

Tuesday: Russia’s Vostok-2022 military exercises will start in the east of the country, to continue during the week. China and India are among the countries expected to participate in the drills.

Tuesday: The Venice Film Festival will host the “Day of Ukraine” with a series of initiatives in support of Ukraine and its artists.

Friday: Russian journalist Dmitari Muratov wants to join other Nobel laureates at a conference on freedom of expression in Oslo.

Sunday: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will receive Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal for talks in Berlin.

what happened last week

August 22: The war in Ukraine has caused damage and destruction worth a total $113.5 billion, according to an assessment by the Kyiv School of Economics together with government agencies of Ukraine and other partners. Housing and transportation infrastructure made up the largest losses.

August 23: The German Ministry of the Interior reported that Almost 1 million Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Germany since the invasion of Russia started in February. More than a third are children and young people. There are some 6.6 million Ukrainians registered as refugees across Europe.

August 24 – Ukraine marked Independence Day, which coincided with the six-month anniversary of the Russian invasion. In the same day a Russian rocket attack killed 22 people at a railway station in the town of Chaplyne. other President Biden announced nearly $3 billion in US military aid.

August 25: Zaporizhzhia NPP plan something temporarily cut of Ukraine’s power grid the latest point of concern around Europe’s largest nuclear plant, which is under Russian occupation in southern Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree increase the size of the Russian armed forces.

August 26: Officers surrendered iodine tablets to residents near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in case of radiation leak.

August 27th: Putin issued more decrees giving to the people of the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine Access to work and benefits in Russia.

August 28: The United States criticized Russia for blocking consensus on a final document revising the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. In a statement, a State Department spokesman said Russia refused to acknowledge language about “the serious radiological risk at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine.”


Six key numbers revealing the staggering impact of Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Kyiv organizes a different kind of parade to celebrate Ukraine’s independence day.

Once a heavyweight champion, the mayor of Kyiv is now fighting the Russians.

Home is never far away for the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra, even when on tour in the US.

After a deadly prison explosion, Ukrainians want answers about prisoners of war being held by Russia.

special report

Russia’s war in Ukraine is changing the world – see its effects in every corner of the globe.

Previous developments

You can read previous summaries here. For context and more detailed stories, you can find more of NPR’s coverage here. So listen and subscribe to NPR state of ukraine Podcast for updates throughout the day.


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