- Russian shelling in Kherson and Kharkiv killed at least three people and wounded three others.
- The Ukrainian Security Service said Monday that it had detained a Russian informant aiming to assassinate President Volodymyr Zelenskyy while he was visiting the Mykolaiv region in July.
- Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba requested ATACMS long-range missiles in a phone call Monday with his U.S. counterpart Antony Blinken.
At least seven people died and 31 were injured after Russian missiles hit residential areas in the eastern Ukrainian city of Pokrovsk in the Donetsk region and in Kupiansk district.
Ukrainian Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko said on Monday that four civilians died in the first attack while a Donetsk emergency official was killed during a second attack.
Andriy Yermak, the head of Ukraine's presidential administration, later reported two more victims of Russian strikes in Kruhliakivka village in Kupiansk district.
Videos and pictures released by Ukrainian officials showed people sifting through the rubble including a badly damaged five-story apartment building while an ambulance emergency team was on the scene treating the wounded.
The United States characterized as productive China's participation at the Jeddah peace summit on Ukraine in Saudi Arabia this past weekend.
Neutral China agreed to participate in the two-day meeting aimed at finding a peaceful resolution of Russia's war in Ukraine.
State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller told reporters that U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland held a brief sideline meeting in Jeddah with China's Special Envoy for Eurasian Affairs and former ambassador to Russia, Li Hui.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov that Beijing would uphold an independent and impartial position on a peace settlement.
Wang said China would serve as an "objective and rational voice" at any international forums and "actively promote peace talks."
Western officials and analysts say Saudi diplomacy was important to securing China's presence at the talks.
Under the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom has kept ties with both sides, presenting itself as a mediator and seeking a bigger role on the world stage.
Yermak, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's chief of staff, said Monday that the talks dealt a "huge blow" to Russia as the participants agreed to a follow-up meeting.
"We will hold another meeting within a month [to a] month-and-a-half and we will move towards [holding] a summit," Yermak said at a news briefing.
Senior officials from 42 countries participated in the two-day Jeddah peace summit. Russia was not invited to the high-level talks.
Yermak said all the countries present at the talks fully supported Ukrainian independence and territorial integrity, and that only peace initiatives put forward by Ukraine were discussed at the meeting.
He acknowledged that participants had not come to an agreement on parts of Zelenskyy's 10-point peace formula, which calls for the withdrawal of all Russian troops and return of all Ukrainian territory to Kyiv's control.
With the exception of Russia the high-level talks included delegates from all other BRICS bloc nations: Brazil, India, China and South Africa.
Moscow chided efforts by international officials meeting in Saudi Arabia to find a peaceful resolution for the Ukraine war without including Russia in the talks, which it described as lacking "the slightest added value."
During the two-day summit, the head of Brazil's delegation, foreign policy adviser Celso Amorim, stressed that "any real negotiation must include all parties," including Russia, according to a copy of his statement shared with Agence France Presse.
Moscow dismissed the talks as a doomed Western attempt to align the Global South behind Kyiv.
Russia grain attacks
U.N. Spokesperson Farhan Haq said in a news briefing Monday that Humanitarian Coordinator Denise Brown visited the Danube port of Izmail on Saturday, three days after it was hit in an attack on a grain storage facility that damaged thousands of tons of grain that would have been enough to feed approximately 66 million people for a day.
This attack, which is not an isolated incident, follows Russia's decision to exit the Black Sea Grain Initiative, a move that is already impacting global food prices and is affecting the most vulnerable people.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned Russia's intensification of attacks on Ukrainian ports, calling for the immediate cessation of all attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs continues to sound the alarm about the plight of civilians already facing a dire situation in Ukraine, as the intensification of attacks affecting critical civilian infrastructure in the country will likely worsen humanitarian needs.
Ukrainian commander-in-chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi on Monday said Kyiv's counteroffensive is progressing at a steady pace, and that its defensive lines are stable as troops repel Russian attempts to counterattack and distract Ukrainian forces from other parts of the front.
"Heavy fighting is underway, and step-by-step, Ukrainian troops are continuing to create the conditions to advance," Zaluzhnyi said in a statement on the Telegram messaging app after a telephone call with U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Mark Milley. "The initiative is on our side."
Ukraine has so far recaptured several villages in the south and regained some territory around the ravaged city of Bakhmut in the east but has not achieved a breakthrough yet against heavily entrenched Russian lines.
Ukraine's deputy defense minister Hanna Maliar said Russia was using all its resources to stop Kyiv's advance, but that Ukrainian troops were advancing steadily toward the southern cities of Melitopol and Berdyansk on the Sea of Azov.
Ukrainian officials have responded to criticism that the counteroffensive is going slowly, saying they are trying to avoid high casualties as they attack well-fortified Russian lines that are strewn with landmines.
In its latest assessment on the war in Ukraine, Britain's defense ministry said Monday that Russia's air force continues to deploy "considerable resources" in support of ground operations in Ukraine, "but without operational effect."
The ministry says Russian tactical combat aircraft have typically carried out over 100 missions a day, but they are almost always restricted to Russian-controlled territory "due to the threat from Ukrainian air defenses."
The assessment also said that while Russian attack helicopters had proved effective at the start of Ukraine's southern counteroffensive that began in June, it appears to be less able "to generate effective tactical airpower in the south."
Some information is from VOA's U.N. Correspondent Margaret Besheer, The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse and Reuters.