Up to date September 11, 2023 at 12:51 p.m. EDT|Revealed September 11, 2023 at 2:57 a.m. EDTPhotos posted on a social media web page for the Ukrainian Protection Ministry on Sunday present Canadian assist employee Anthony “Tonko” Ihnat, left, and Spanish assist employee Emma Igual. Each labored for the worldwide humanitarian group Highway to Aid in Ukraine. (AFP/Getty Photos)A pair of volunteer assist staff killed close to Ukraine’s entrance line have been recognized as 32-year-old Spanish nationwide Emma Igual and Canadian Anthony “Tonko” Ihnat, in keeping with the Spanish authorities and the worldwide assist group they labored for. They had been touring to go to residents on the outskirts of Bakhmut on behalf of Highway to Aid, established to assist civilians within the Donetsk and Kherson areas, when their van was hit by Russian shelling, the charity mentioned.Russian President Vladimir Putin invited North Korean chief Kim Jong Un for an official go to set to happen within the subsequent few days, the Kremlin introduced. It will mark their first assembly since 2019.Right here’s the most recent on the battle and its ripple results throughout the globe.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed his condolences for the deaths of the 2 assist staff. In his nightly handle on Sunday, Zelensky added that two different wounded volunteers — German citizen Ruben Mawick and Swedish citizen Johan Mathias Thyr — had been taken to Dnipro for medical care.Ukrainian forces recaptured a gaggle of oil and fuel drilling platforms off the coast of the Crimean Peninsula, Kyiv’s army intelligence company mentioned Monday. In accordance with the company’s Telegram channel, Ukrainian particular forces used boats to retake the rigs referred to as the “Boika Towers,” which Russian forces had seized in 2015 and since outfitted with radar and used for army functions, notably as helipads. The Washington Put up was not in a position to instantly confirm the declare.Kim has departed for Russia by prepare, South Korean information shops reported Monday, forward of an invite from Putin for an official go to within the subsequent few days. In accordance with U.S. officers, they are going to focus on arms shipments that might assist Russia’s ongoing battle in Ukraine. The rail journey from Pyongyang to Vladivostok is estimated to take 20 hours. Kim’s slow-moving armored prepare — specifically outfitted with luxurious fittings — reportedly reaches a prime pace of 37 miles per hour.Poland mentioned it is able to impose a unilateral ban on the import of Ukrainian grain if the European Fee refuses to increase the present restrictions previous Sept. 15, when they’re at present resulting from finish, Polish Growth Minister Waldemar Buda instructed Polskie Radio 24 on Monday. Ukrainian grain is topic to a European Union import ban within the markets of Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Slovakia, the place native governments have been angered by the flood of cheaper produce that undercut their very own farmers. Most different E.U. nations are towards extending the ban, marking a major break over Ukraine inside the bloc.Germany’s international minister mentioned Ukraine should do extra to battle corruption. “There’s nonetheless a protracted option to go,” Annalena Baerbock mentioned on an unannounced go to to Kyiv, whereas reiterating her assist for Ukraine’s path towards the E.U. “Simply as Ukraine is standing up for us, it may well additionally depend on us and on our understanding of E.U. enlargement as a vital geopolitical consequence of Russia’s battle,” Baerbock mentioned upon her arrival in Kyiv, in keeping with an announcement shared by Germany’s Overseas Ministry. The journey marks Baerbock’s fourth go to to Ukraine for the reason that Russian invasion started in February 2022.A declaration adopted by world leaders on the Group of 20 summit in New Delhi prevented straight criticizing Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, regardless of a fastidiously worded pledge to chorus from using drive for territorial acquire. The declaration additionally known as for the “full, well timed and efficient implementation” of the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which seeks secure passage for fertilizer and grain from three Ukrainian ports. Moscow pulled out of the deal in July.Russia downed two drones over its Belgorod area early Monday, regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov and the Protection Ministry mentioned on Telegram. Gladkov mentioned one drone fell on a highway close to a residential constructing however brought on no casualties. The Protection Ministry mentioned Russian forces additionally destroyed a Ukrainian-launched drone over the Bryansk area on Sunday morning.It’s “too early to say” whether or not Ukraine’s summer time offensive has failed, Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Employees, instructed the BBC. He added that Kyiv has “about 30 to 45 days” left earlier than colder, wetter climate makes it more durable to combat.Russia started providing visa-free journey to vacationers from 4 Persian Gulf states and Malaysia final month, Financial Growth Minister Maxim Reshetnikov mentioned Monday, along with not too long ago launched visa-free journey to teams from China and Iran. “Overseas vacationers want to go to us no less than as soon as in order that they’ll fall in love with our nation,” he mentioned. Tourism to Russia has fallen sharply for the reason that Ukraine invasion, in keeping with native tour operators — who reported that customer numbers dropped from some 5.1 million in 2019 to 200,000 in 2022.Romania and the US are holding joint naval workouts within the Black Sea and Danube Delta beginning Monday, the Romanian navy introduced. Bulgaria, France, Turkey, Ukraine and Britain can even take part within the drills, that are geared toward combating explosive gadgets on and over the ocean to make sure freedom of navigation.South Korea pledged $2.three billion in assist to Ukraine beginning in 2025, along with the $300 million beforehand pledged for subsequent 12 months, Yonhap information company reported. President Yoon Suk Yeol made the announcement Sunday at a session of the G-20 summit in India.In time of battle, Russia turns up aggression on transgender residents: When Russian authorities took away Yan Dvorkin’s 10-year-old adopted son final spring, there was nothing he might do however shout in frustration. His crime? He’s a transgender, nonbinary individual, married to a person, Robyn Dixon experiences. The official from baby providers had denounced him to prosecutors as a result of he was open about his gender identification on social media — a criminal offense in Russia for which he was convicted and ordered to surrender the son he adopted 5 years in the past.Putin has framed the invasion of Ukraine as a battle towards “Satanists,” liberal Western values and “dad or mum primary and dad or mum quantity two.” In July, he signed a repressive regulation dissolving transgender individuals’s marriages, barring them from adopting kids and stopping them from altering their gender in state paperwork. Because the battle has floor on, Russia has witnessed more and more harsh measures towards transgender individuals.Kate Brady and Natalia Abbakumova contributed to this report.