As the week begins, here’s a roundup of key developments from the past week and a look ahead.What to watch this week
On Wednesday, the European Union’s Russian coal ban comes into effect.
On Thursday, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and Denmark are hosting allies for an international donors conference in Copenhagen.What happened last week
Aug. 1: The first Ukrainian grain shipment since Russia’s invasion left the Odesa port.
Also, the U.S. announced an additional $550 million in military aid to Ukraine, including more ammunition for U.S.-provided high mobility artillery rocket systems or HIMARS, as well as howitzers. Since the beginning of the Biden administration, Washington has committed some $8.7 billion in security assistance to Ukraine.
Aug. 2: Washington imposed new sanctions on Russian figures and defense- and technology-related entities.
Aug. 3: Russian airstrikes hit the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv, damaging residential buildings, an industrial enterprise, a pier, a supermarket, a pharmacy and other sites, the local governor said.
Aug. 4: A Russian court sentenced U.S. basketball player Brittney Griner to nine years in prison on drug charges.