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The latest developments in Russia’s war on Ukraine. All times EDT.
10:27 a.m: Moscow-backed separatist authorities in Ukraine’s eastern region of Luhansk have sentenced an employee of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to 13 years in prison, RFE/RL reported.
The Luhansk information center controlled by the separatists said on Monday that the de facto Supreme Court of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic sentenced Dmitry Shabanov after finding him guilty of “high treason and working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).”
Shabanov, a local resident of Luhansk, is one of at least six employees of the OSCE mission arrested by the separatists since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine in late February, of whom three, including Shabanov, have been held in detention.
The OSCE stated in July that the charges against Shabanov were unfounded and fabricated.
9:01 a.m.: Ukraine’s minister of infrastructure told VOA that 320 bridges have been destroyed since Russia launched its war on Ukraine. Ukraine has since built 53 temporary bridges. VOA’s Myroslava Gongadze has more from one of three bridges destroyed by Ukraine to stop the Russian advance in Irpin.
8:00 a.m.: Four of the five European Union countries bordering Russia began turning away Russian tourists at midnight on Monday, saying they should not travel while their country is at war with Ukraine, Reuters reported.
Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania imposed new restrictions as Finland decided to remain open, though it has cut back the number of consular appointments available to Russian travelers seeking visas.
The move was the latest in a series of sanctions and other steps taken by the European Union or its member states since Moscow invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24.
7:09 a.m.: Ukraine’s nuclear energy operator said Monday a Russian missile struck near a nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine.
Energoatom said in a statement the missile landed 300 meters from the Pivdennoukrainsk Nuclear Power Plant but did not damage its reactors.
The strike did damage nearby buildings, Energoatom said.
“Russia endangers the whole world,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Telegram in response to the missile strike. “We have to stop it before it’s too late.”
The Pivdennoukrainsk plant is Ukraine’s second-largest nuclear power plant. The largest, the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, has been shut down since early September following shelling that Russia and Ukraine have blamed on each other.
3:15 a.m.: Russian forces attack Donetsk Oblast on Sunday, killing three civilians, according to The Kyiv Independent.
1:25 a.m.: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and a global food crisis aggravated by the war will be the focus of world leaders when they convene at the United Nations in New York this week, according to Reuters.
Geopolitical divides, hardened by the seven-month-old war, are likely to be on full display as the United States and Western allies compete with Russia for diplomatic influence.
The past two years, leaders were allowed to submit video statements because of pandemic restrictions. This year, however, they must travel to New York to speak in the General Assembly chamber. However, the General Assembly agreed on Friday to allow Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to send a pre-recorded video statement.
12:25 a.m.: The Russian army, seeking contract soldiers for what it calls the “special military operation” in Ukraine, is using mobile recruiting trucks to attract volunteers, offering nearly $3,000 a month as an incentive, Reuters reported.
A special unit stationed one such truck in a central park in the southern Russian city of Rostov on Saturday and removed the sides to reveal a mobile office.
Soldiers in camouflage and black masks showed their guns to interested passers-by and handed out color brochures titled “Military service on a contract – the choice of a real man.”
Neither Russia nor Ukraine disclosed their military losses, which Western intelligence agencies estimate at tens of thousands on both sides.
Some information in this report came from Reuters.
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