Press service of the Russian Ministry of Defense / AP
As the week begins, here’s a preview and roundup of the main developments from the past week.
What to watch this week
Another week has begun with Russia launching a wave of attacks on the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and other areas, causing damage including blackouts of electricity, mobile phones, water supplies and other destruction.
There will likely be fallout after Russia pulls out of a United Nations-brokered deal to export Ukrainian grain. The UN Security Council is meeting on Monday to discuss the issue.
what happened last week
Progressive Democrats sent, then withdrewa letter urging President Biden to seek diplomacy with Russia towards a ceasefire in Ukraine. Thirty members of Congress had signed the letter, prompting a backlash, including from fellow Democrats, but some signatories said they signed it shortly after it was written in early summer. and that a lot had changed since then.
Russia has trained to carry out a nuclear strike on October 26, in its first major nuclear exercise since invading Ukraine this year. The Kremlin Defense Minister said it was a rehearsal to respond to a nuclear attack. It came as NATO conducted its annual Steadfast Noon nuclear exercises.
President Vladimir Putin has repeated the allegation, without proof, that Ukraine is preparing to set off a dirty bomb. The United States and its allies dismiss this as a false pretense for possible future Russian actions.
The German president acknowledged a “bitter failure“ its policy and that of other governments towards Russia. In his October 28 national address, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that Russia’s war had “reduced the European security order to ashes”.
Russia has accused Ukraine of a “massive” drone attack on its Black Sea Fleet and civilian ships over the weekend off Crimea. Moscow also alleged that “British specialists” were involved in directing the drones as well as damaging the gas pipelines, which London refused.
Russia suspended his role in an agreement authorizing the export of Ukrainian grain across the Black Sea, citing alleged drone strikes. The move was condemned by Western leaders and the UN, which brokered the arrangement to ease a global food crisis.
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