Latest on Ukraine: As Russia pounds Odesa, Moscow and Crimea become targets
Here's a look ahead and a roundup of key developments from the past week.
What to watch
Russia is accusing Ukraine of launching a "terrorist drone attack" on Moscow early Monday. The Russian Defense Ministry said one uncrewed aircraft crashed close to its headquarters in central Moscow and another hit an office high-rise in another part of the capital. That followed reports from Russian-installed authorities in Crimea of an overnight drone attack on the peninsula, striking an ammunition depot and a residential building.
Winners of the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize from Ukraine, Belarus and Russia are in Washington, D.C., to talk about their work and the war in Ukraine.
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni will visit the White House on Thursday, meeting with President Biden to discuss global issues including support for Ukraine.
Also Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin hosts a summit with African leaders.
What happened last week
Russia backed out of the Ukraine grain deal (again), sparking concern in food-insecure countries and condemnation from the head of the United Nations, the United States and allies. The U.N. and Turkey brokered the deal with Russia and Ukraine a year ago to allow Ukraine to resume shipping grain and other farm goods safely during the war. Russia complains that its side of the bargain isn't being met, even though Western countries say their sanctions don't target Russian food exports.
Russia targeted a Ukrainian port and food facilities after pulling out of the grain deal. Russia struck Odesa for several days over the past week, killing three people and injuring many more. The attacks hit the city's key Black Sea port and food storage, destroying many tons of food, as well as badly damaging a cathedral and other historical buildings.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy fired the country's ambassador to the U.K., Vadym Prystaiko, after the ambassador said Zelenskyy had used "unhealthy sarcasm" in remarks toward the British defense secretary.
An explosion on the bridge to Crimea last Monday knocked out a section of road, killing two people and injuring a third. Russia, which annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and built the Kerch Bridge linking the Russian mainland with the peninsula, blamed Ukraine for the attack. Officials in Kyiv have not acknowledged direct responsibility for the attack, although Ukrainian officials have called the bridge a military target and did acknowledge an attack on it last year.
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