Here’s a look ahead and a roundup of key developments from the past week.
What to watch
Russian forces have been trying for months to capture Bakhmut, a small town in eastern Ukraine. The Ukraine said the leading generals they want to continue defending the city that has become a symbol of Ukrainian resistance.
Turkey’s talks with Sweden and Finland about their bids to join NATO are expected to resume Thursday.
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, visit the White House Friday for talks with President Biden, after his trip to Canada.
Also on Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron will host British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak for talks in Paris.
What happened last week
Top US and Russian government diplomats meeting for the first time since the invasion beginsin a short walk and talk alongside meetings of foreign ministers of the Group of 20 nations in India.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping and the leader of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko met in Peking and declared the friendship of their nations “unbreakable”. Lukashenko, a close ally of the Kremlin, has endorsed China’s proposal to end the war in Ukraine.
President Biden welcomed German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to the White Houseaffirming their unit to support Ukraine for the necessary time.
Two key bridges in Bakhmut they were destroyed, but it was not clear by whom, since both sides may have tactical reasons for doing so.
Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, one of the most fervent supporters of Ukraine in Europeis set to stay in his place after his centre-right party won in size Sunday election.
In the Donbas, the vast number of Russia troops weigh heavily on the defenders of Ukraine.
The top diplomats of the United States and Russia are meeting for the the first time since the beginning of the war in Ukraine.
Russia is bombing Ukraine with cyberattacksbut the impact seems limited.
The Justice Department’s task force aims to Russian oligarchs and their riches.
Merrick Garland supports efforts to make Russia responsible for war crimes.
Meet the volunteers who bring relief to the inhabitants of the stormed Bakhmut, Ukraine.
Russia’s foreign minister laughed on Ukraine remarks at a global conference.
How is Russia’s war in Ukraine change the oil markets of the world.
Ukraine dominates election in Estonia, a key NATO ally.
As G-20 ministers meet in Delhi, Ukraine can dominate – despite India’s agenda.
NPR Rough translation podcast look at the secret effort to make abortion pills in Ukraine.
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