A summary of the Russia-Ukraine conflict: key information updates after 680 days.

Nuclear watchdog says inspections at Zaporizhzhia hindered; largest exchange of war prisoners; family returns to Ukraine through home rebuilding program.

Nuclear inspectors at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia power station in Ukraine have been denied access to the main halls of reactors one, two, and six. According to Rafael Grossi, the director general of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency, the inspectors at the plant have been unable to access the facility for two weeks and have not yet received the maintenance plans for the plant in 2024.

In the largest single release of captives since Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022, Russia and Ukraine have exchanged hundreds of prisoners of war. The Ukrainian authorities announced that 230 Ukrainian prisoners of war have returned home in the first exchange after almost five months. The Russian defense ministry stated that 248 Russian servicemen were released under a deal sponsored by the United Arab Emirates.

Oleksandr Kubrakov, the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for Restoration, revealed that a family returning from abroad has become the first to complete a property purchase agreement under a compensation scheme for destroyed housing. Kubrakov said, “We want Ukrainians in need to feel confident when applying for governmental support to repair their houses or buy new property. This especially applies to those who wish to return to Ukraine from abroad, just like this first family did.” The property is located in Bucha, according to Kubrakov.

The Polish Foreign Minister has urged allies to provide Ukraine with long-range missiles to assist Kyiv in targeting Russian “launch sites and command centers.”

The NATO support and procurement agency stated that it would assist a group of countries with a contract for up to 1,000 Patriot guidance enhanced missiles.

Reuters reported that Polish farmers would resume their blockade at a border crossing with Ukraine. The Polish Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, stated, “I will try to persuade carriers not to employ blockades as a means of safeguarding their interests. We will do everything to effectively protect their interests.”

The Norwegian Defense Minister announced that Norway would send two F-16 fighter jets to Denmark to contribute to the training of Ukrainian pilots.

The US State Department spokesperson, Matthew Miller, clarified that reports claiming the US wished for Ukraine to change its strategy of seeking total victory in its war against Russia were false.

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