Latest Developments in Ukraine: August 7


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

5:30 a.m.: The latest intelligence update from the U.K. defense ministry said the poor performance of Russia's armed forces during its invasion of Ukraine has been costly for Russia's military leadership, highly likely resulting in the dismissal of at least six Russian commanders since the start of hostilities in February 2022.

Additionally, the update said, at least 10 Russian generals have been killed on the battlefield in Ukraine. The cumulative effect on consistency of command is likely contributing to Russian tactical and operational difficulties, the update concluded.

4:27 a.m.:

3:36 a.m.: The Institute for the Study of War, a U.S. think tank, said in its latest Ukraine assessment that Russian forces conducted limited ground attacks northwest of Slovyansk and east and south of Bakhmut. Russian forces also conducted a series of ground attacks to attempt to break through Ukrainian defensive lines north, west, and south of Donetsk City.

The assessment also said a Russian opposition outlet reported that Russian forces are storing explosives and mines in and around Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant and may have mined parts of the plant. Russian forces may also be firing rockets at Ukrainian positions from within or near the plant.

2:18 a.m.:

1:31 a.m.: Belarusian exiles are volunteering to do military training in Poland with the aim of going to Ukraine to fight against Russian forces. But some also hope to one day return to Belarus and play a role in ousting Belarus's autocratic leader, Alexander Lukashenko. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.

12:02 a.m.: In Russia, The Washington Post reports, the number of war dead is a state secret. It is a crime to question the invasion or criticize the military. Independent journalists who speak to bereaved relatives or cover funerals have been arrested and told that showing such "tears and suffering" is bad for public morale. Authorities have ordered some online memorial pages to be shut down.

The Kremlin's priority has been to prevent angry voices of mourning families and antiwar activists from coming together and gaining traction. Information about war dead could deter Russia's increasingly urgent recruitment effort, scraping up prisoners with military experience and offering highly paid contracts for deployments.