Hereby the state of affairs on Monday 24 October.
- Russia fired missiles and drones at the Ukrainian-occupied southern city of Mykolaiv, destroying an apartment building.
- In a flood of calls to Western defense ministers, Russia said the war was leaning toward “uncontrolled escalation”.
- Russia told people to flee the occupied city of Kherson as more residents moved to escape an expected Ukrainian counter-offensive. Moscow said its troops blocked an attempt by Ukraine to break through its line of control.
- Russian Defense Minister Shoigu said in a meeting with NATO countries that Moscow was concerned that Ukraine could use a “dirty bomb”, but gave no evidence.
- The Russian-installed administration of the Kherson region announced the formation of a local militia and said all men still in the city could join.
- Russia continues to use Iranian drones in Ukraine due to a shortage of long-range precision weapons, although Ukraine’s countermeasures have been successful, the British Defense Ministry said.
- Ukraine said seven ships left its ports laden with grain for Asia and Europe, but accused Russia of blocking the full implementation of a grain deal for the Black Sea.
- Ukraine labeled Russian state broadcaster RT as an instigator of genocide after a host said Ukrainian children who saw Russians as occupiers under the Soviet Union should have drowned. RT later suspended the presenter.
- In a joint statement, Britain, France and the United States said they committed to supporting Ukraine “as long as necessary” and rejected Russia’s warning of a “dirty bomb”.
- French President Emmanuel Macron said the Russian Orthodox Church allowed itself to be manipulated by the country’s authorities to justify the war in Ukraine and urged it to resist such pressure.
- US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will attend a forum in Zagreb this week aimed at supporting Ukraine’s independence and the return of the Crimean peninsula to Kiev.