This is the current situation on Monday, October 17.
- Russian forces conduct air strikes on Ukraine’s capital the second time For a week, Russian and Ukrainian forces battled it in fierce skirmishes around two towns in the eastern Donbas region, officials said.
- Shevchenkivskyi central district of The capital of Ukraine Mayor Vitalii Klitschko said several residential buildings were damaged.
- Russia has opened a criminal investigation after gunmen shot dead 11 people and wounded 15 at a military training ground near the Ukrainian border, authorities said.
- Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said the gunmen were from Tajikistan and opened fire after an argument over religion.
- The governor of Russia’s Belgorod region said no civilians were killed, but many soldiers were killed or injured in the attack.
- The Ukrainian army is holding the strategic eastern town of Bakhmut despite constant Russian attacks while the situation in the Donbas region remains very difficult, Zelenskyy said.
- The shelling by Ukrainian forces damaged the administrative building in Donetsk, the capital of the Donetsk region, according to the Russian-backed city government.
- The Russian Defense Ministry said its forces repelled an advance by Ukrainian troops in the Donetsk, Kherson and Mykolaiv regions.
- The Belarusian Defense Ministry says just under 9,000 Russian troops will be stationed in Belarus as part of a “regional grouping” to protect its borders.
- Zelenskyy said nearly 65,000 Russians have been killed since the February 24 invasion, much higher than Moscow’s official September 21 estimate of 5,937 deaths.
- White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said it has a duty to NATO allies and other responsible countries, including China and India, to “send a very clear and unequivocal message.” to Russia that they should not consider the use of nuclear weapons in this conflict.”
- After previously stating that he can no longer afford to do so, Elon Musk has said that his rocket company SpaceX will continues to fund its Starlink internet service in Ukraine, citing the need for “good deeds”.