Ukrainian forces repel a Russian attack on Bohorodychne, a town in the teeth of the Russian advance in the eastern region of Donetsk. Russian forces need to take Bohorodychne to advance on Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, in the heart of the part of Donetsk still controlled by Ukraine. Russian forces may have secured Berestove, moving closer to their objective of Bakhmut, which is crossed by two logistics highways. The Contact Group on the Defence of Ukraine meets for the fourth time and pledges undisclosed weapons deliveries. The EU agrees to ban Russian gold and freezes the assets of Sberbank, Russia's top lender, as part of a seventh set of sanctions.
Ukrainian authorities announced that Kyiv had retaken the eastern village of Klishchiivka, which was occupied by Russia in January. "Klishchiivka was cleared of Russians," Oleksandr Syrsky, the commander of the Ukrainian military's ground forces, said on social media. Klishchiivka is a tactically important town south of the front-line city of Bakhmut. Addressing the success in his nightly video address on Sunday, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy praised the country's armed forces. "Today, I would like to particularly commend the soldiers who, step by step, are returning to Ukraine what belongs to it, namely in the area of Bakhmut."
Several blasts shook Kyiv on Monday, days after Russia blamed Ukraine for drone attacks on its Crimea fleet in the Black Sea. At least five explosions were heard in the Ukrainian capital between 8:00 am (0600 GMT) and 8:20 am, according to AFP journalists. Kyiv had already been hit on October 10 and 17 by drones. After Monday's blasts, mayor Vitali Klitschko said in a Telegram message: "An area of Kyiv is without electricity and certain areas without water following Russian strikes." Monday's attack on the Ukrainian capital comes after Russia pulled out of a landmark agreement that allowed vital grain shipments via a maritime safety corridor.
In Ukraine's eastern Donetsk province, Russian forces focus on attacking Siversk and Bakhmut. Ukrainian general staff report unsuccessful Russian attempts to attack Verkhnokamyanske, east of Siversk. The general staff also say Ukrainian forces repelled Russian efforts to advance on Bakhmut in Soledar, Semihirya and Berestove. Ukrainian forces damage the Antonivka vehicle and rail bridges using HIMARS rocket artillery, rendering them unusable for heavy military transport. This helps cut off forward Russian positions in Kherson, in Ukraine's south.
In the 36th week of war in Ukraine, Russia backed out of a United Nations-sponsored agreement guaranteeing the safe passage of grain ships through the Black Sea, only to rejoin it three days later. Moscow's withdrawal over the weekend renewed fears of a global food crisis – concerns that have not been completely quelled since it rejoined because its return came with conditions. President Vladimir Putin said he reserved the right to back out again if Kyiv used the humanitarian corridor for attacks, the reason Russia gave for the initial pullout. The Kremlin has also warned that it has not yet decided whether to extend the grain deal, which expires in two weeks. Officials in Moscow had said that grain ships may have acted as a cloak for an attack on its naval base on Saturday at Sevastopol on the Crimean Peninsula.