August 18, 2023 Russia-Ukraine news (2024)

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10 hr ago

6 people killed in explosions across Russian-occupied Donetsk region, local official says

From CNN's Josh Pennington & Maija Ehlinger

Three people are dead and one person was injured after an explosion in the urban center of Donetsk on Friday, according to the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic Denis Pushilin.

They were employees of a public utility company in Donetsk's Kievsky District and were killed "as a result of the detonation of a previously unexploded cluster submunition," Pushilin said in a post to Telegram.

Hours later, a separate "unidentified explosive device" detonated at a construction site in the Voroshilovskyi district of Donetsk and killed three construction workers and left five more injured, according to officials from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic Joint Center for Command and Control.

Pushilin added that four more people in the cities of Donetsk, Makiivka, Vasilievka and Nikolske were wounded after a day of heavy shelling on Friday.

"Today, the enemy shelled the territory of the Republic 34 times, firing 115 rocket and barrel artillery shells," Pushilin added.

CNN cannot independently verify these claims.

10 hr 18 min ago

Ukrainian pilots will start F-16 training this month after US hands over materials. Here's what to know

From CNN staff

Ukrainian pilots will start training on how to operate F-16 fighter jets later this month in Denmark, the country's defense ministry said. The United States approved giving instructional materials on the jets, which contain information about sensitive US technology, to Ukraine, officials said.

Russia has barred dozens of British government ministers and journalists from entering the country

Here's what to know:

  • F-16 transfers:Ukrainian pilots will begin training on F-16 fighter jets in Denmark later in August, the Danish defense ministry said Friday. The US has approved transferring instructional materials on the jets to Ukraine — a critical step to begin the training, a Biden administration official said. The US has already committed to approving the transfer of F-16 fighter jets for Ukraine as soon as training is complete, according to a US official.
  • How training will work: Ukrainian pilots will get language instruction in the United Kingdom since all of the materials and the instruments in the jet itself are in English before they start flying training aircraft. They will then train on propellor aircraft and fly in a different jet trainer used by the French, the commander of US Air Forces in Europe and Africa said. This isn't likely to be completed before the end of the year, according to Gen. James Hecker.
  • Attempted attacks on Moscow: Russia blamed Ukraine for Friday’sattempted drone strike on Moscow, which forced authorities to suspend traffic to four major airports in the Russian capital. Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said that Russian air defenses shot down a drone over the capital city overnight.
  • Russian shelling: Some 14,000 people in the frontline region of Donetsk have beenleft without power after Russian shelling affected generation at a thermal powerplant, according to Ukraine's grid operator Ukrenergo. The operator also said that months after the collapse of the Nova Kakhovka dam in June, around 11,000 people were still without power in the Kherson region.
  • Russian sanctions list: Moscow has barred 54 more British citizens from entering the country, according to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The government accused the individuals and entities of involvement in "propaganda support of the activities of the [Ukrainian] Zelensky regime."The sanctions list includes several government ministers as well as journalists.
  • Global support: US President Joe Biden said the consequences of the war in Ukraine "extend well beyond Europe." After atrilateral summitwith Japanese Prime Minster Fumio Kishida and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, the US president commended the Japanese leader on his response to the invasion.
14 hr 30 min ago

Biden: Consequences of war in Ukraine "extend well beyond Europe"

In remarks after a trilateral summit with Japanese Prime Minster Fumio Kishida and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, US President Joe Biden commended the Japanese leader on his response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Answering questions from a Japanese reporter at Camp David in Maryland, Biden said Japan has "showed strong leadershipthrough the G7 as well andcontributed to a significant amountof financial and humanitarianassistance to Ukraine as well asnonlethal military equipment.And they've joined so many othernations in holding Russiaaccountable throughinternational sanctions."

Biden said when he called up Kishida about Ukraine, he didn't have to convince him "ofanything."

Calling Russian President Vladimir Putin's rationale over the invasion "ridiculous," Biden said, "Imagine if we'd done nothing.And the point was immediatelyrecognized if I'm not mistakenby you, Mr. Prime Minister, thatwe're in a situation where itcould happen anywhere.If we stood still, whatstatement would that send toChina about Taiwan?What signal would that sendaround the world?"

"Russia has already lost.It cannot meet its originalobjective which it stated.It's not possible....Japan's leadership from day one,it has been critical making itclear that the consequences forwar extend well beyond Europe," he said.

The invasion is not "only aEuropean problem; there hasn'tbeen that kind of invasion sinceWorld War II," Biden added.

15 hr 56 min ago

Russia barsdozens of British citizens from entering the country, including journalists and ministers

From CNN's Katharina Krebs and Lauren Kent

August 18, 2023 Russia-Ukraine news (1)

Russia has barred 54 more British citizens from entering the country, according to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the latest update to its sanctions policy, Russia accused the individuals and entities of involvement in "propaganda support of the activities of the [Ukrainian] Zelensky regime" and of being "Russophobic."

The sanctions list includes several government ministers as well as journalists from public broadcaster the BBC, the Guardian newspaper and the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

"We would like to emphasize again that any efforts by London to further spin the anti-Russian sanctions flywheel will inevitably receive a decisive response from our side," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. "Work on expanding the Russian 'stop list' in response to the actions of the British authorities will continue."

The updated list includes British cabinet minister Lucy Frazer, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Russian authorities claimed that Frazer is "actively lobbying for the international sports isolation of Russia."

Earlier this year, Frazer said in a social media post that she asked sponsors of the Olympic Games "to join 35 like-minded nations and press the IOC for a continued ban on Russian and Belarusian athletes competing in international sporting competitions," adding that "we must continue to ensure that Russia and Belarus cannot use sport for their propaganda purposes."

The new sanctions also include a Minister of State at the British Ministry of Defence, Baroness Goldie DL, who Russia has accused of being "responsible for the supply of weapons to Ukraine, including depleted uranium shells."

British prosecutorKarim A. A. Khan KC, who is an elected official on the International Criminal Court, will also be barred from Russia due to his involvement "in issuing a warrant for the arrest of the Russian leadership," according to the Russian foreign ministry statement.

In February,Khan submitted applications to theICC for warrants of arrest for Russian President Vladimir Putin and RussianCommissioner for Children’s RightsMaria Lvova-Belova.

13 hr 13 min ago

Kherson region village on Dnipro River cleared of Ukrainian troops, Russian-appointed head says

From CNN'sJoshPennington

The village of Kozachi Laheri, which is on the east bank of the Dnipro River, has been cleared of all Ukrainian forces, the Russian-appointed head of the occupied areas of the southern Kherson region claimed on Friday.

"Assault units of the Dnipro group of troops have completely cleared the area on the left bank of the Dnipro River near the village of Kozachi Laheri in the Alyoshkin district of Kherson Region," Vladimir Saldo claimed in a post on Telegram.

Saldo claimed that despite Ukrainian forces continuing to return fire from the right bank of the Dnipro River, the village is under full Russian control.

"Our forces are suppressing firing points and enemy concentrations on the right bank. ... The situation there remains difficult but fully under the control of the Russian military," the post said.

Earlier this month: On August 9, Russian state media and military bloggers said Ukrainian forces conducted a raid across the Dnipro River and attempted to land near the village.

Natalia Humeniuk, head of the United Coordinating Press Center of Security and Defense Forces of South of Ukraine, dismissed the claims, telling CNN that Russia was "trying to create artificial hype and panic."

Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar also said the reported raid was “not confirmed” by the military’s general staff at the time.

Remember:Ukraine controls the west bank of the Dnipro River and the city of Kherson after itscounteroffensive last year, while Russian troops remain on the east bank in the larger Kherson region.

17 hr 15 min ago

Exiled Russian dissident journalist who covered Ukraine war describes suspected poisoning attempt

From CNN's Sophie TannoandBenjamin Brown

Russian dissident journalist Elena Kostyuchenko has revealed how she was traveling toBerlinby train last autumn when she abruptly fell ill, a case that has led German authorities to investigate a suspected poisoning attempt.

Kostyuchenko was living in exile at the time in the German capital after being warned of Russian plans to assassinate her. She was on her way back from a trip to Munich to apply for a Ukrainian visa when she suddenly found herself drenched in strange-smelling sweat and experiencing cognitive difficulties, shewrotein the Russian-language publication Meduza this week. A long and mysterious illness then ensued, from which she has yet to completely recover, the journalist said.

An initial investigation by Berlin authorities into a suspected poisoning was closed in May due to lack of evidence, but has now been reopened after further consideration.

“I can confirm that the Berlin prosecutor is investigating against an unknown perpetrator. The case is being treated as attempted murder,” German public prosecutor spokesperson Sebastian Büchner told CNN. “The case was initially closed in May but reopened in July. This was due to new considerations rather than new evidence.”

Kostyuchenko had been working for the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta for 17 years when Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began. The paper sent her on assignment to Ukraine at the start of the war.

In March 2022, she said she was tipped off by a source in Ukrainian military reconnaissance about Russian plans to assassinate her. She was told she must leave Ukraine immediately and could not return to Russia.

Kostyuchenko eventually fled to Germany, where she rented an apartment in Berlin and began working for Meduza on September 29. After agreeing to a reporting trip to Iran for the publication, she said she was asked to submit paperwork for a Ukrainian visa before she left – requiring her to make the trip to Munich.

In an ordeal outlined in an article written by Kostyuchenko and published in Meduza andUS publication n+1, she described how she first began to sweat profusely after leaving the Ukrainian embassy on October 18, 2022.

“I was covered in sweat. The sweat smelled strong and strange, like rotten fruit,” she said.

After leaving the train, she said she struggled to remember the way to her apartment.

Her condition deteriorated rapidly over the next days. She developed symptoms including a sharp stomach pain, nausea, shortness of breath and swelling.

Read more about the suspected poisoning.

16 hr 59 min ago

US has given Denmark approval for F-16 instructional materials for Ukraine

From CNN's Natasha Bertrand, Oren Liebermann and Jennifer Hansler

August 18, 2023 Russia-Ukraine news (2)

The US has approved the transfer of F-16 instructional materials to Ukraine, according to a Biden administration official and a US official, as the program to train Ukrainian pilots on the American jets is set to begin.

“We can confirm the Department has recently approved a request from F-16 training partner Denmark related to their effort to stand up pilot and maintenance training programs,” said the official in President Joe Biden's administration.

The approval includes training modules, documentation, and classroom training materials, the official said, which contains information about sensitive US technology.

The approval of the third-party transfer request from Denmark was one of the critical steps before Ukrainian fighter pilots could begin training to fly the fourth-generation jets, which Kyiv has requested for months. Earlier Friday, the Danish defense ministry said Ukrainian pilots would begin training on F-16 jets later this month, part of a coalition of 11 countries that will be involved in the training program.

On Thursday, the US said it had committed to approving the transfer of F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine as soon as training is complete.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken sent letters to his counterparts in Denmark and the Netherlands assuring them that the transfer of the jets would have the “full support” of the Biden administration and would move quickly when training on the advanced aircraft is complete.

“You have my assurances that we will expedite approval of the requisite Third Party Transfer requests in time to enable delivery when the training is completed, including required notification to our Congress,” wrote Blinken in the letters.

Training will take time: On Friday, the commander of US Air Forces in Europe and Africa said the Ukrainian pilots who will learn to fly the F-16 fighter jet are getting language instruction in the United Kingdom, since all of the materials and the instruments in the jet itself are in English, before they start flying training aircraft.

“They’re going to get a little bit more training on (propellor aircraft) and then go down to France and fly in the Alpha jet for a little bit,” said Gen. James Hecker, speaking to a roundtable of reporters as part of the Defense Writers Group. The Alpha jet used by the French is an advanced jet trainer.

“That all is going to take time, and that’s probably not going to happen before the end of the year, so that takes a while to make that happen,” Hecker said. “So that’s why it’s going to be at least until next year until you see F-16s in Ukraine.”

Hecker said the Ukrainian pilots taking part in the F-16 training program are younger pilots who “barely have any hours at all” and are not currently taking part in the war.

The Ukrainians also said on Wednesday that they didn’t expect to receive the F-16s untilnext year.

21 hr 54 min ago

Ukrainian pilots will start F-16 training in Denmark later this month

From CNN’s Sarah Dean in London

Ukrainian pilots will begin training on F-16 fighter jets in Denmark later in August, the Danish defense ministry said Friday.

A coalition of 11 countries will be involved in the training, it added.

Some background: CNN reported Thursday that the US has committed to approving the transfer of F-16 fighter jets for Ukraine as soon as training is complete, according to a US official.

Denmark and the Netherlands have taken the lead in preparing a program to train Ukrainian pilots on the American jet, but the US is still working with other countries to see who may provide F-16s to the Ukrainian Air Force.

Ukraine said Wednesday that it didn’t expect to receive F-16s untilsome time next year.

CNN's Oren LiebermannandNatasha Bertrand contributed reporting to this post.

August 18, 2023 Russia-Ukraine news (2024)


How many people died in the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2023? ›

Number of civilian casualties during the war in Ukraine 2022-2023. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) verified a total of 9,614 civilian deaths during Russia's invasion of Ukraine as of September, 2023. Furthermore, 17,535 people were reported to have been injured.

Which areas in Ukraine are Russian controlled 2023? ›

It has now been one year since Russia said it would annex the Ukrainian regions of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia. The regions together account for 100,000 square kilometers (38,600 square miles) of Ukrainian territory, a fifth of the country's land mass.

How many f16 will Ukraine get? ›

HOW MANY F16S WILL UKRAINE GET? Denmark will deliver 19 jets in total with the initial six due around the end of the year, followed by eight in 2024 and five in 2025, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said on Aug 20. The Netherlands has 42 F-16s available but has yet to decide whether all of them will be donated.

What are Russian losses in Ukraine to date? ›

Total casualties
Russian forces (VSRF, Rosgvardiya, FSB, FSO, PMCs Wagner, Redut & others)66,000+ killed (33,236 confirmed by names), 210,000+ wounded
Russian forces (PMC Wagner)22,000 killed, 40,000 wounded
Russian forces (PMCs Wagner, Redut & others)8,803 killed (confirmed by names)
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How many Ukrainians have died in the war? ›

The number includes as many as 120,000 deaths and 170,000 to 180,000 injured troops. The Russian numbers dwarf the Ukrainian figures, which the officials put at close to 70,000 killed and 100,000 to 120,000 wounded.

How many people died in Ukraine in August 2023? ›

Civilian casualties from 1 to 27 August 2023

From 1 to 27 August 2023, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) recorded 585 civilian casualties in Ukraine: 108 killed (65 men, 34 women, 3 girls, 2 boys, as well as 4 adults whose sex is not yet known), and.

How much land has Russia taken? ›

Before 2022, Russia occupied 42,000 km2 (16,000 sq mi) of Ukrainian territory (Crimea, and parts of Donetsk and Luhansk), and occupied an additional 119,000 km2 (46,000 sq mi) after its full-scale invasion by March 2022, a total of 161,000 km2 (62,000 sq mi) or almost 27% of Ukraine's territory.

How much area has Russia captured? ›

As of today Russia continues to illegally occupy Ukraine's Autonomous Republic of Crimea (26 081 km²), the city of Sevastopol (864 km²), certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions (16799 km²) — in total 43744 km² or 7,2% of the territory of Ukraine.

Is Kharkiv occupied by Russia? ›

The city of Chuhuiv was captured by Russian forces on 25 February, but was recaptured by Ukrainian forces on 7 March. As of November 2022, Russian forces only occupy a small portion of land in the Kharkiv Oblast.

Who is giving Ukraine f16s? ›

WASHINGTON, Aug 17 (Reuters) - The United States has approved sending F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine from Denmark and the Netherlands to defend against Russian invaders as soon as pilot training is completed, a U.S. official said on Thursday.

Who gave Ukraine the F-16? ›

OSLO, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Norway will donate U.S.-made F-16 combat aircraft to Ukraine, the Norwegian prime minister announced during a visit to Kyiv on Thursday, joining an effort led by the Netherlands and Denmark.

Does Ukraine have F-16 pilots? ›

Ukraine put forward a list of approximately 32 pilots who are ready to begin training on F-16 fighter jets, according to another US official, but most did not have a strong enough command of the English language yet, a necessary requirement since the jet's instrumentation and manuals are all in English.

How many troops does Russia have left? ›

In terms of active-duty personnel, they are the world's fifth-largest military force, with 1.15 million and at least two million reserve personnel. According to the CIA, Russia plans to expand its active personnel force to 1.5 million by 2026, which will make it the third largest in the world, after China and India.

How many wars has Russia lost? ›

19 Russian Wars Ending in Defeat, From Ivan the Terrible to Vladimir Putin. The Russian invasion of Ukraine is now stretching on into its second year.

How many US soldiers died in ww2? ›

US Military Casualties in World War II
Coast Guard1,917Unknown
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What 4 regions of Ukraine are controlled by Russia? ›

Russian annexation of Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia oblasts. On 30 September 2022, Russia, amid an ongoing invasion of Ukraine, unilaterally declared its annexation of areas in and around four Ukrainian oblasts – Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk, and Zaporizhzhia.

How much territory has Russia taken 2023? ›

Russia: +25,000 square miles. 11% of Ukraine. Area equivalent to Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut combined.

Which regions of Ukraine does Russia claim? ›

Vladimir Putin called Russia's illegal annexation of four Ukrainian regions last year "a popular decision." He was marking the one-year anniversary since Russia annexed the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions of Ukraine.

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