Here is the situation as of Sunday, September 17, 2023.


  • Russia and Ukraine are fighting over control of the destroyed village of Andriivka near Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine. Russia’s Defense Ministry said its forces were still holding Andriivka after Ukraine released a video it said showed its forces were in full control of the village.
  • Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said the Bakhmut sector was the site of “the most active fighting.” “The offensive operation continues south of Bakhmut. “Things are heating up in Klishchyivka and Kurdiumivka,” Maliar said on Telegram, referring to two other villages near the city. “Near Klishchyivka, our defense forces had success through offensive actions.”
  • In southern Ukraine, where Ukrainian troops were attempting to advance toward the Sea of ​​Azov, Maliar said soldiers “inflicted significant losses in men and equipment” on the occupiers.
  • A Russian-deployed official in Donetsk, Ukraine, reported intense Ukrainian shelling in the eastern region and said at least five civilians were killed and one wounded in the attacks.
  • The Russian Defense Ministry reported that it foiled a coordinated Ukrainian attack on the annexed Crimean peninsula early Sunday, but did not say whether there was any damage or casualties.
  • The ministry also said a Ukrainian drone was destroyed in Moscow’s Istra district early Sunday morning. According to the state news agency TASS, the incident caused delays to 24 flights at the capital’s airports.

Military aid

  • U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley told reporters that North Korea may be able to increase Russia’s artillery supplies for the war in Ukraine, but that it likely won’t make much of a difference. Milley, who traveled to Norway for NATO meetings that began Saturday, said there remained a need for more weapons and equipment in Ukraine and that allies and partners were discussing how to address the problem.

Regional security

  • Norway’s defense chief said the number of Russian forces stationed in the Arctic near the Scandinavian country has increased by 20 percent or less than before the Ukraine war. General Erik Kristoffersen said the move showed that Russian President Vladimir Putin knew “very well” that NATO did not pose a threat to Moscow.
  • Poland will ban the import of passenger cars registered in Russia as part of sanctions imposed on Moscow and its citizens in connection with the war in Ukraine, state media reported, citing Interior Minister Marius Kaminski.
  • North Macedonia ordered the expulsion of three more Russian diplomats, the third such move since Moscow’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
  • In the Czech Republic, thousands of protesters gathered in Prague to demand the government’s resignation over high energy prices and support for Ukraine.


  • Russian-appointed authorities in Crimea said they planned to sell about 100 Ukrainian properties, including one owned by President Volodymyr Zelensky. The sales contracts were worth more than 815 million rubles ($8.51 million), an official said.
  • Ukrainian authorities said two cargo ships arrived at their Black Sea port of Chernomorsk to load nearly 20,000 tons of wheat for African and Asian markets. The two ships were the first to use a temporary corridor to enter Ukraine’s Black Sea ports after Russia abandoned a deal to let Kiev export grain.
  • Farmers in Romania called on their government to unilaterally ban imports of Ukrainian grain and other food products after the European Union decided to lift restrictions on these goods. Romania is one of five eastern EU countries, along with Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, that saw a surge in Ukrainian grain imports after the Russian invasion, leading to price distortions in local markets.

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