A priest prays for unidentified civilians killed by Russian troops in Buchi, on the outskirts of Kiev, Ukraine, on August 11. Eleven unidentified bodies exhumed from a mass grave were buried in Buchi that day.

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A priest prays for unidentified civilians killed by Russian troops in Buchi, on the outskirts of Kiev, Ukraine, on August 11. Eleven unidentified bodies exhumed from a mass grave were buried in Buchi that day.

Yefrem Lukacki / AP

At the beginning of the week, we bring you a selection of key events from the past week and a look ahead.

What to watch this week

The world is watching as ships finally deliver food grown in Ukraine to customers around the world and to countries stricken with hunger, including the Horn of Africa.

This week, Russian-backed separatists in the Donetsk region are expected to begin criminal proceedings against captured foreigners, including those from Great Britain, Sweden and Croatia, who are accused of being hired, Interfax reports.

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Defense of Russia is holding the Moscow Conference on International Security.

NPR will also follow the progress of talks on a possible prisoner exchange between Russia and the United States.

What happened last week

August 8: The United States Agency for International Development said it providing $4.5 billion more in the budget support of the government of Ukraine. And the Pentagon announced an additional $1 billion in security assistance to the country.

Russia weapons checks suspended as part of the START nuclear arms control treaty with the USsaying that Western travel sanctions made it impossible to verify US compliance.

August 9: Ukraine said nine Russian military aircraft were destroyed at the Crimean air base. Satellite images showed several damaged fighters. Neither Ukraine nor Russia has officially disclosed how it happened, but some American media outlets have quoted unnamed Ukrainian officials as saying that Ukraine did it.

President Biden signed the act of ratification of the United States a measure of NATO approval friendship for Finland and Sweden.

And the State Department announced $89 million in aid to Ukraine demining and unexploded ordnance.

August 10: annual inflation in Ukraine reached 22.2%, Kyiv independent informedciting official data for July.

August 11: Ukraine and Russia blamed each other for new shelling of the Zaporizhzhya NPP in southern Ukraine occupied by Russia. The United Nations Security Council met to discuss the situation, with calls from UN and International Atomic Energy Agency leaders to halt hostilities around the site and allow a mission to inspect it. The European Union and 42 countries issued a joint statement calling on Russia to withdraw its military forces from the facility.

The Russian government confirmed negotiations were held on a possible exchange of prisoners which could free American basketball player Brittney Griner and one of their prisoners, American Paul Whelan. Attorneys for jailed WNBA star Griner said Monday they have filed an appeal against her conviction and nine-year sentence on drug charges.

August 12: fighting continues in eastern Ukraine in the Donetsk regionRussian troops are conducting ground attacks in various places, including around the city of Bakhmut, east of Siversk and northwest of the city of Donetsk, the Institute for the Study of War reports.

August 13: Ukrainian forces destroyed a bridge on a hydroelectric dam on the territory controlled by Russia in the Kherson region in the south of Ukraine, with the aim disrupt Russia’s ability to replenish his troops.

August 14: a ship with grain left for Africa from the Ukrainian port of Yuzhne in the composition of a An initiative of the World Food Program. The Lebanese-flagged ship Brave Commander is heading to Djibouti, from where the grain will be shipped to Ethiopia. It is one of more than two dozen ships that have reportedly left Ukraine in the past two weeks after Ukrainian grain exports were largely halted in the country due to the war.


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Earlier developments

You can read past results here. For context and deeper stories, you can find more NPR coverage here. Also listen to and subscribe to NPR The state of Ukraine podcast to update throughout the day.

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