Latest Developments in Ukraine: Sept. 22

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The latest developments in Russia’s war on Ukraine. All times EDT.

4:28 a.m.: North Korea on Thursday denied sending weapons to Russia, accusing the United States of spreading rumors about such a sale to tarnish Pyongyang’s image.

US officials earlier this month said Russia was in the process of “purchasing millions of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea for use on the battlefield in Ukraine.”

In a statement posted in the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), a North Korean defense ministry official rejected the US accusation.

3:31 a.m.: The latest Ukraine assessment from the Institute for the Study of War, a US think tank, said Ukrainian forces conducted strikes north and east of Kherson City as part of an operational-level interdiction campaign against Russian logistics, military, and transportation assets in Kherson Oblast . Ukrainian forces also likely continued offensive operations around Lyman.

2:27 a.m.: In Moscow’s first update on casualty numbers in almost six months, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said 5,937 Russian soldiers had been killed since the start of the conflict.

Shoigu dismissed assertions by Kyiv and the West that Russia has suffered heavy losses in its seven-month campaign and said 90% of wounded Russian soldiers had returned to the front line.

It was the first time Russia had given an official death toll since March 25, when it said 1,351 servicemen had died.

The US Pentagon said in August that it believed between 70,000 and 80,000 Russian personnel had been killed or wounded, and in July estimated Russia’s death toll at around 15,000.

1:25 a.m.: Thousands of Ukrainian civilians have been killed in the worst fighting in Europe in decades, Agence France-Presse reported.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said it has recorded 5,916 deaths, including 379 children, with 8,616 injured by Sept. 18.

But the real toll is believed to be several times that.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in April he believed that “tens of thousands” of people had been killed in the destroyed port city of Mariupol alone.

12:02 a.m.: The war in Ukraine has sparked the biggest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II, Agence France-Presse reported.

The UN High Commission for Refugees said 7.4 million Ukrainians had fled abroad by Sept. 20, with Russia itself taking 2.6 million, followed by Poland (1.4 million) and Germany (1 million).

The figure does not take account of the number of Ukrainians who have returned to areas that have been liberated from Russian control.

The UNHCR said 5.9 million people had crossed land borders into Ukraine since February, without estimating how many were returnees.

Some information in this report came from Agence France-Presse.

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