Ukraine live briefing: Zelensky praises troops for limited gains in counteroffensive battles

Ukraine live briefing: Zelensky praises troops for limited gains in counteroffensive battles

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky praised his troops for waging tough counteroffensive battles in several regions during what he described in his nightly address as a “very important week.” Ukrainian forces continued to make limited gains in at least four sectors, the Institute for the Study of War think tank said in an analysis.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday during a trip to Beijing that he welcomes China playing a role toward a just and durable peace in Ukraine. He added that he and European leaders “received assurances from China” that it will not provide lethal assistance to Russia in the invasion.

Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.

Ukraine clamps down on corruption as Western supporters cast watchful eye: Officials in Ukraine are waging a war on corruption, David L. Stern reports, as Kyiv attempts to reassure Western donors that foreign aid is not being lost to graft and works to strengthen Ukraine’s path to European Union membership.

Last month, anti-corruption investigators said they caught Vsevolod Knyazyev, chief justice of the country’s Supreme Court, receiving a payment of about $450,000 as part of a $2.7 million bribery scheme. “This is huge. … This is not an ordinary judge in a local court taking a bribe — it’s the highest judge in the system,” said Tetiana Shevchuk, a lawyer with the Anti-Corruption Action Center, an anti-graft watchdog in Kyiv.

Loveday Morris and Emily Rauhala contributed to this report.

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