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Ukraine updates: Iran admits sending Russia drones as electricity knocked out (Nov. 7)

A Ukrainian artilleryman fires a howitzer at a position on the front line near Bakhmut, in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region, on Oct. 31.
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A Ukrainian artilleryman fires a howitzer at a position on the front line near Bakhmut, in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region, on Oct. 31.

As the week begins, here's a look ahead and a roundup of key developments from the past week.

What to watch this week

Anticipation is mounting for a possible battle for Kherson, a Russian-occupied city in southern Ukraine. Kremlin-installed officials have been evacuating civilians in preparation for a potential Ukrainian counteroffensive.

And Ukraine will be watching America's midterm election results this week, especially after some Republicans warned that the party could limit funding for Ukraineif it wins control of the House of Representatives, as forecast.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is due to meet with his Indian counterpart, S. Jaishankar, on Tuesday.

Also Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will host Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson. Erdogan insists Sweden must meet certain conditions before it can join NATO.

The United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday is scheduled to discuss an International Atomic Energy Agency report, in which Ukraine is expected to be on the agenda.

What happened last week

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia of "energy terrorism," as attacks on Ukraine's infrastructure left more than 4 million Ukrainians without electricity.

Russia rejoined a U.N.-brokered deal to safely export grain and other agricultural goods from Ukraine, on Nov. 2. Moscow had suspended its part in the deal a few days prior after saying Ukraine had launched a drone attack on its Black Sea ships.

The Pentagon announced $400 million in additional security aid to Ukraine, on Nov. 4, to include 45 refurbished T-72 tanks, 1,100 Phoenix Ghost drones and other vehicles, technology and training.

Iran acknowledged for the first time providing some drones to Russia months before the war in Ukraine but denied continuing to supply them, on Nov. 5. Zelenskyy countered that Iran was "lying" because Ukrainian forces "shoot down at least 10 Iranian drones every day."


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Earlier developments

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