In the Ukraine live briefing, Kiev claims an edge in the southeast.

Ukraine has made advances to the southeast and launched a counteroffensive

Volodymyr Zelensky announced in a video on social media that he had recaptured the village of Staromayorske in Donetsk.

The Washington Post did not confirm Ukraine's claim

Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar informed about the advance of the Ukrainian army south of Bakhmut.

Putin discussed the escalation of fighting in southeastern Ukraine at the Kremlin's Russia-Africa summit.

The US Senate extended the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative through fiscal year 2027.

There is concern about the influence of the Wagner Group in Belarus.

A residential building was shelled in Kharkiv.

China has increased economic aid to Russia and the Russian Defense Minister met with the leader of North Korea.