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  • Capital: Kyiv
  • Major Languages: Ukrainian
  • Currency: Hryvnia
  • Timezone: GMT +2:00

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Since late 2021, heightened tensions have erupted at the Ukrainian-Russian border in the Donetsk region, following a troop build-up by the Russian military. The increased troop movement sparked international concern over a possible Russian invasion of the country. On 24 February, Russia launched a military assault on eastern Ukraine, moving troops across the northern, eastern, and southern borders to attack strategic Ukrainian military positions. A state of emergency and martial law have been declared and all airspace has been closed to civilian flights. Most major Ukrainian cities have come under heavy fire, forcing millions of people to flee to the western city of Lviv to leave the country. The invasion came just days after Moscow controversially announced a decision to recognise rebel-held Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine as independent states - an announcement which preceded an order for Russian troops to prepare to enter the breakaway regions on a 'peacekeeping' mission. The US criticised the move as Moscow creating a pretext for war. Western leaders have backed Ukraine, imposing wide-ranging sanctions on Russia in a bid to build pressure, with the EU imposing an arms embargo on Russian gas imports - triggering continent-wide oil price hikes. Russia's blockade of Ukraine's Black Sea ports has also had a major impact on global food supplies, with Ukraine being one of the world's biggest grain exporters. Moscow repeatedly denied any plans to invade neighbouring Ukraine, despite continued troop build-up of troops in border regions. Russia demanded guarantees that Ukraine will never join NATO; however, the alliance refused the terms. Reports of death toll and casualty estimates vary greatly, with many deaths unconfirmed, but it's widely believed the total civilian loss could be in the tens of thousands. The UN has confirmed over 4,300 civilian deaths, while the Ukrainian government has confirmed more than 4,600, but claims the real figures could be anywhere between 12,000 to 28,000. Western estimates typically fall within a varied range between exaggerated claims from Ukraine and Russia.

As of June 2022, Russian forces and Russian-backed separatists hold occupied territory in the southern Kherson region, as well as most of the contested Donbas region in the east - primarily made up of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. Major battlegrounds over the course of the war have included suburban Kyiv, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, Sumy, Donbas, Dnipro, Kherson, Severodonetsk, and Mariupol - where months of Russian bombardment wore down the Ukrainian defence, with the last Mariupol fighters holding themselves up in the Azovstal steel plant before ultimately being extracted via evacuation corridors into Russian-held territory in May. Several hundred civilians were also seeking shelter there.

Prior to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, political tensions in the country remained high following the large-scale protests which broke out in Kyiv between 2013 and 2014. Considered one of the worst periods of civil unrest since the country’s independence from the USSR in 1991, the Euromaidan protests brought to Ukraine a completely new political setting amid the country’s aspirations to join the European Union (EU). Ukrainian politics have been particularly tense since 2011, when former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison on corruption charges. In November 2013, the country's political situation significantly deteriorated when President Viktor Yanukovych rejected an association agreement with the EU. Such was the precursor to the Euromaidan protests that occurred in Kyiv and across major cities in Ukraine. It is estimated that more than 120 people were killed and hundreds more injured when protesters clashed with government-backed forces deployed to suppress the unrest. Several days later, President Yanukovych’s political immunity was stripped by parliament, forcing him to step down from office and flee to Russia - Yanukovych is believed to be still in Russia, where he was granted political asylum.

The change in leadership and the subsequent power vacuum resulted in a significant increase in pro-Russian separatism in eastern Ukraine, which culminated in the Russian annexation of Crimea in March 2014. Russian troops invaded the region before calling a controversial secession referendum, which passed with 97 percent of the votes. Pro-Russian militants seized control of several towns and cities in eastern Ukraine and created semi-autonomous areas, including the Donetsk Peoples’ Republic (DPR) and the Luhansk Peoples’ Republic (LPR). Russian armed forces were also claimed to have been deployed across the border to assist the separatists, although Moscow has continuously denied direct involvement in the conflict.

In May 2014, millions of Ukrainians headed to the polls to elect a new president. Pro-European Petro Poroshenko garnered an outright majority with nearly 55 percent of the votes against former PM Tymoshenko – who was released from jail after the Ukrainian parliament overruled her court sentence. Amid the escalating conflict in eastern Ukraine, European leaders joined Ukraine and Russia in signing the Minsk II agreement - a revamped deal that called for a full ceasefire in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. As a result, the government requested the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to launch the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM). However, despite the fragile deal resulting in the conflict de-escalation, clashes across the region continued and the OSCE SMM has been reporting dozens of daily ceasefire violations due to intense clashes between the Ukrainian military and pro-Russian rebels. In July 2016, more than a dozen Ukrainian soldiers were killed in less than a week, marking the deadliest period of the conflict in months. So far, around 13,000 people have been killed - including civilians - and thousands of others have been wounded. More than 1.6 million people have already been displaced, while a further 800,000 civilians living along the conflict’s frontline continue to be at risk. In July 2020, a full ceasefire came into effect in eastern Ukraine.

In November 2018, President Poroshenko signed a decree to implement martial law in 10 out of 27 oblasts that are mainly located near the Russian border and in the coastal areas of the Black Sea and the Azov Sea. As well as all oblasts in eastern Ukraine, the implementation of martial law was extended to the Moldovan border, where Russian troops are stationed in the breakaway region of Transnistria. Martial law was proposed after an altercation involving the Russian military and the Ukrainian Navy in the Kerch Strait, where Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) seized three Ukrainian Navy vessels and detained more than two dozen crew members.

President Poroshenko left office after Volodymyr Zelenskyy achieved a landslide victory in the presidential elections held in May 2019. He was eventually inaugurated in late-May and have since launched a number of controversial measures aimed at addressing corruption. Before becoming president, Zelenskyy was well-known in Russia for hosting a TV show. He ran as a candidate of the Servants of the People Party by promoting an anti-corruption platform to flush corruption out of Ukrainian politics. Among his plans included removing the political immunity from himself and lawmakers. He also promoted a controversial impeachment law. Just after taking office, he dissolved parliament and called for snap elections, where his Servants of the People became the dominant political party in the Verkhovna Rada. Besides his anti-corruption crusade, he also vowed to resume talks with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in a fresh attempt to find a solution to the long-standing conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Corruption has historically been an issue within parts of the Ukrainian government. A controversial anti-graft prosecutor resigned in August 2020, while in January 2021, the chief of the country's Constitutional Court was investigated in a witness tampering case. Levels of crime in Ukraine are rated as moderate, although in recent years there has been a slight increase in the rates of violent crime, such as murder and assault. Incidents are significantly higher in Kyiv and foreign nationals have been targeted in the past. In September 2020, a female US embassy employee was found dead near a park in the capital. The conflict in the east has also resulted in an increase in the proliferation of weapons, some of which have been used to commit crimes. There is also a threat of racially motivated attacks by right-wing groups in the country, and travellers of non-Caucasian descent should be especially vigilant. Petty crimes are more prevalent on public transport and in areas popular with tourists, while vehicle theft is also common.

There is a moderate threat of terrorism in Ukraine, although the country has not experienced any major terrorist attacks outside of the eastern conflict zones. In April 2012, a series of coordinated explosions in Dnipropetrovsk wounded 26 people. In October 2013, a man detonated a suicide bomb at a Russia-Ukraine border crossing, wounding two border guards. In July 2016, a Belarussian journalist was killed by a car bomb in Kyiv in an alleged assassination. Nearly a year later, a military intelligence officer was also killed in another car bomb attack in the capital’s Solomenskiy district. In December 2020, a terrorist group was disbanded by the authorities in Odessa. The group was being run under the pretence of an IT call centre and was believed to have possible links to Russian state interests.

Ukraine is among a number of countries worldwide that have been hit by the global outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus. The latest case figures can be viewed here.

News articles

By BBC

French journalist killed in eastern Ukraine

French journalist Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff was killed near the city of Severodonetsk in the east, whilst covering an evacuation operation for broadcaster BFMTV.

By Reuters

Lithuanian documentary filmmaker killed in Mariupol

Lithuanian film director Mantas Kvedaravicius was killed on 2 April in Mariupol, the Ukrainian city he had documented for many years, according to the Ukrainian Defence Ministry and a colleague.

By The Guardian

Ukrainian photographer Maksim Levin killed

The photographer and videographer Maksim Levin, who worked for Ukrainian news website LB.ua, was killed while covering Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

By Reuters

Ukrainian journalist killed in shelling despite ceasefire

A Ukrainian journalist was killed by shelling in east Ukraine on Saturday, his newspaper said, even as the Ukrainian military reported a significant drop in rebel attacks boosting hopes for a two-week-old ceasefire.

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Alerts for Ukraine

One dead in Kyiv airstrikes

At least one person has been killed and six others wounded after Russian missiles hit two residential buildings in Kyiv. The strikes were the first to hit the city in three weeks, and took place as leaders from the G7 gathered in Germany to discuss their response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Officials said 14 missiles were fired at the Kyiv region on Sunday, while Russian forces also targeted Kharkiv and the central city of Cherkasy.

Russians fully occupy Severodonetsk

Russian forces are now in complete control of the key eastern city of Severodonetsk. The city's mayor, Oleksandr Stryuk, confirmed the news in an address on national television. “The city is now under the full occupation of Russia. They are trying to establish their own order, as far as I know they have appointed some kind of commandant,” said Stryuk. The news came after Ukraine withdrew some of its forces to higher ground in neighbouring Lysychansk.

Chernihiv region targeted in strikes from Belarus

The northern Chernihiv region has come under heavy bombardment from Belarus, according to the Ukrainian military. “Around 5:00 o’clock in the morning (0200 GMT) the Chernihiv region suffered a massive bombardment by missiles. Twenty rockets, fired from the territory of Belarus and from the air, targeted the village of Desna,” said Ukraine’s northern military command. There were no immediate reports of casualties from the strikes. There have also been multiple strikes targeting military facilities across northern and western Ukraine; six missiles were fired from the Black Sea at the Yavoriv base in the Lviv region.

Russian forces control Hirske, Luhansk

Russian forces are said to have taken control of the Hirske district in the eastern Luhanske region. Oleksiy Babchenko – head of Hirske municipality -  has stated that Russian forces have now “fully occupied” the entire district, as of Friday 24 June. Some small, localised fighting is said to remain ongoing, but has been described by Ukrainian authorities as "insignificant" in the face of the territory seized by Russian forces.

Six killed, five injured amid Donetsk shelling

Six people have reportedly been killed and another five others have also been injured amid recent shelling in the eastern Donetsk region of Ukraine. According to reports, the shelling was fired by the Russian forces in Donetsk within the last 24 hours, hitting the Avdiivka, Chasiv Yar, and Pryshyb areas. While three deaths have been reported from Pryshyb, two people also died in shelling in Avdiivka, and a sixth fatality has been confirmed in Chasiv Yar.

Kharkiv shelling kills two

Two people have reportedly been killed, while another three people have also been injured amid Russian shelling which was allegedly carried out in the Kharkiv region within the last 24 hours. Recent reports indicate the shelling was fired by Russian forces on Thursday, targeting the Andriivka, Balakliya, and Zolochiv areas. The two fatalities were recorded in Balakliya.

Civilian injured amid Russian rocket strikes in Yunakov

A Ukrainian civilian has reportedly been injured amid recent shelling in the Yunakov area of the Sumy region. The shelling allegedly came in the form of rocket strikes, fired by the Russian forces at around 17:00 local time on Thursday. Several other parts of the Sumy region were also hit by Russian shelling yesterday, including the Krasnopillya and Seredyna-Buda areas.

Ukrainian troops retreat from Severodonetsk

Ukrainian forces in the embattled eastern city of Severodonetsk have been ordered to retreat from the city following weeks of intense fighting and heavy clashes with Russian forces. A top regional official confirmed the order on Friday, saying that "remaining in positions that have been relentlessly shelled for months just doesn't make sense". Recent advances made by Moscow's troops in recent days have nearly encircled the city, along with the neighbouring city of Lysychansk. The Russian offensive in Donbas has been focused on the two cities for several weeks now, as they are the last two remaining Ukrainian positions in the Luhansk region.

Russian forces capture Mykolaivka

Russian forces have reportedly taken control of the Mykolaivka area in the eastern Luhansk region. Regional governor Sergey Gaidai confirmed the latest development on Thursday, stating that Moscow's troops had seized the town, located approximately 15km south-west of Lysychansk, where a major Russian offensive to take the city remains ongoing. As Russia has taken more settlements south of Lysychansk, Ukrainian troops have been forced to prepare themselves to retreat to avoid encirclement.

Rocket strikes reported in Dnipropetrovsk

Several rocket strikes have reportedly hit in the Dnipropetrovsk region on Friday. The strikes apparently struck the Shyrokivs'kyi district, near Kryvyi Rih. The rockets are alleged to have been fired by the Russian forces, according to regional authorities, who have confirmed that the strikes occurred during the early hours of Friday morning. No casualties or major damages have been reported.

Ukrainian troops prepared to retreat in Lysychansk

Ukrainian troops are said to be ready to retreat from areas of Lysychansk city should they need to. Regional authorities have stated they believe Ukrainian forces may need to pull back from the frontline in the city to avoid encirclement after Russian forces seized two settlements to the south of the city. All of the city is now understood to be within reach of Russian artillery fire. Despite Russian claims to have surrounded and cut off the city, civilian evacuations via road routes are still possible and have been continuing.

EU votes in favour of Kyiv candidacy

The EU has voted in favour of Kyiv candidacy to join the bloc in a historic move. Latest reports confirm that the European Parliament voted in favour of giving Ukraine and Moldova EU candidate status ‘without delay’ during a summit held on Thursday. The European Parliament has adopted the resolution after it received 529 votes in favour, versus 45 votes against, plus 14 abstentions.

Blasts heard in Mykolaiv

Explosions have reportedly been heard in the southern city of Mykolaiv. Local authorities have urged residents to go to shelters and to exercise extreme caution on Thursday. No details regarding locations of blasts have been released thus far, although Russia claims to have struck the city with high-precision weapons, hitting Ukrainian army fuel tanks and military equipment. The latest reports come after at least one person was killed amid Russian missile strikes on the city on Wednesday.

Airstrikes reported in Donetsk

Several airstrikes have apparently been reported in the eastern Donetsk region. Unconfirmed reports indicate that several airstrikes targeted Russian positions in the region. The strikes are said to have been fired by the Ukrainian forces. No casualties have immediately been reported.

Four civilians killed in Donetsk

At least four civilians have allegedly been killed amid Russian strikes in the Donetsk region on Wednesday. The regional governor, Pavlo Kyrylenko, stated that two people had been killed in the village of Prechystivka, one in the town of Krasnohorivka, and one in the settlement of Zalizne. Kyrylenko also released a statement saying it has so far been impossible to determine the exact number of victims in the Mariupol and Volnovakh areas, due to widespread destruction.

President re-iterates calls for heavy arms

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has re-iterated a call for heavy arms amid ramped up artillery and air attacks by Russian forces. Zelenskyy claimed Moscow's escalated attacks are aimed at destroying the entire Donbas region as he urged Western and European allies to accelerate heavy weapons shipments to match Russia on the battlefield.

Twenty-five killed in Kharkiv attacks

About 25 people have reportedly been killed in Russian shelling targeting the Kharkiv region. The deaths have been reported over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the regional governor, Oleh Synehubov. Russian forces have continued to shell residential districts of Kharkiv city, along with other towns in the region, with escalating attacks prompting concern Moscow aims to terrorise the population in Kharkiv and force Ukraine to divert troops from Luhansk.

One killed, two injured across Sumy

One person has been killed and two others have also been injured amid recent military conflict across the Sumy region. The fatality was reported in the Bilopillya area of Sumy on Thursday, having occurred the previous day amid fighting between the Ukrainian and Russian troops. Further casualties and fighting has also been reported in the Hlukhiv, Velyka Pysarivka, Khotin, and Okhtyrka areas.

Shelling injures seven in Pechenigy

Recent shelling in the Pechenigy area of the Kharkiv region has injured at least seven people on Thursday. The shelling reportedly occurred overnight in Pechenigy and was allegedly fired by the Russian forces. Among the seven casualties reported are understood to be at least two minors.

EU to make historic offer to Ukraine

The EU is set to make a historic offer of candidacy status to Ukraine. The offer is expected to be made at a summit which starts on Thursday. The development comes after Ukraine’s president spoke with 11 European leaders on Wednesday, in an effort to boost the chances of the European Parliament approving Kyiv’s bid for EU candidacy.

Luhansk battle escalates

The battle for Luhansk is said to have escalated further within the last 24 hours, as an adviser to Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy describes fighting as having a "fearsome climax". The presidential adviser stated on Thursday that fighting in Severodonetsk and Lysychansk has reached a turning point. Meanwhile, Luhansk governor Serhiy Haidai has confirmed Russian forces have seized two more villages near Lysychansk, as Russia claims it has Ukrainian troops surrounded south of the city.

Donbas villages captured by Russian forces

Several Donbas villages near key cities in the eastern Luhansk region have reportedly fallen to the Russian forces on Wednesday. Ukrainian officials say Moscow's forces have now captured several settlements near Lysychansk and Severodonetsk. Russia has seized the villages whilst still bombarding Severodonetsk and pressing forward towards Donetsk. Despite the advances, Luhansk's governor has insisted it would be impossible for Russian forces to reach the administrative regional borders by Moscow's original goal of 26 June.

Moscow claims high-fatality strike on Mykolaiv plant

Russia claims to have launched a strike on the Okean shipbuilding plant in Mykolaiv city, resulting in high numbers of casualties. The Russian defence ministry claims up to 500 Ukrainian servicemen have been killed amid the strike, which was allegedly conducted by the Russian air force. The claim comes after Ukrainian officials confirmed seven Russian missiles had hit the city on Wednesday. Authorities in Mykolaiv have only confirmed one dead amid the missile strikes, which apparently damaged several buildings, including a school.

Missiles fired at Mykolaiv

Multiple missiles are reported to have been fired at the southern city of Mykolaiv on Wednesday. Reports suggest several missiles have been fired by the Russian forces, between the hours of 11:00 local time and midday. Regional governor Vitaliy Kim has confirmed the city has been struck by seven Russian missiles, but did not provide any further details on casualties or damages.

Zelenodolsk power and gas supply disrupted amid shelling

Gas and power supplies in Zelenodolsk and Apostolove in Dnipropetrovsk have faced disruption amid recent shelling in the area. The shelling has been fired by the Russian forces during the early hours of Wednesday morning, hitting key gas and power infrastructure in the Velyka Kostromka area, impacting supplies to Zelenodolsk and Apostolove. No casualties have been reported.

Fifteen killed amid Kharkiv shelling in last 24 hours

A total of 15 civilian deaths have been reported throughout the Kharkiv region amid intense shelling over the past 24 hours. According to recent reports, Russian shelling led to the deaths of at least 15 civilians in the region on Tuesday, including five fatalities which were reported from the regional capital city of Kharkiv. Regional authorities released the figure on Wednesday, stating the increase in deaths has come as Russian forces have stepped up attacks in the area.

Three civilians injured amid Lysychansk shelling

At least three civilians and several Ukrainian police officers are said to have been injured amid recent shelling in the eastern city of Lysychansk, Luhansk. The shelling was reported on Wednesday and is said to have occurred overnight. According to a statement by regional governor Serhiy Gaidai, the shelling was fired by the Russian forces from artillery, tanks, and aircraft.

Russian shelling kills one in Zolochiv

One fatality has been reported following recent shelling by Russian forces in the Zolochiv area of the Kharkiv region. The shelling was reported on Wednesday morning, during the early hours, at around 00:30 local time. The overnight shelling is said to have struck at least two private residential properties.

Civilian injured in Donetsk shelling

A civilian has reportedly been injured amid recent shelling in the eastern city of Donetsk. The injury was apparently incurred in the Petrovs'kyi district, along Melitopol's'ka Street, amid shelling which allegedly hit the area on Tuesday morning. The Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) forces reported the casualty, claiming the shelling had been fired by the Ukrainian forces.

Trains hit in Kharkiv missile strike

Several trains have been hit in a Russian missile strike in Kharkiv, leaving at least one person injured. According to reports, the strike was conducted by Moscow's forces overnight in the Saltivka area of Kharkiv city, where a missile reportedly struck a near metro station, damaging three trains. The strike has led to major rail disruption in the area.

Kherson referendum to be held

A referendum is reportedly set to be held in the occupied Kherson region of Ukraine. Moscow-backed self-proclaimed authorities have stated that a referendum on the occupied region joining Russia will be held this autumn. “We are preparing for the referendum … After the referendum, we will become a fully fledged subject of the Russian Federation,” said Kirill Stremousov - the deputy head of the self-proclaimed military-civilian administration of the region.

Kyiv warns of renewed Kharkiv offensive

Ukrainian officials in Kyiv have warned of a renewed Kharkiv offensive amid an escalation in fighting in the region. The warning comes months after Moscow withdrew Russian troops from the region following a deadly campaign to capture swathes of north-eastern territory; however, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has indicated that Russian forces are believed to be regrouping for a second attempt.

Missile strike hits Odessa

A missile strike has reportedly struck a warehouse in the Odessa region. The missiles are said to have been Russian Onyx missiles - nine of which were reportedly fired on Monday afternoon towards the south-western coastal region. Several are understood to have struck a logistics grocery warehouse, resulting in one fatality. Other missiles also hit the Danube Delta and the Belgorod-Dnestrovsky district.

Artillery shelling reported in Lysychansk

One person has been injured after artillery shelling hit Lysychansk on Monday. The shelling reportedly struck high-rise buildings and private residential properties, as well as a police station in Lysychansk. At least 10 high-rise buildings have sustained significant levels of damage, as has the police station, along with several houses.

Russian shelling reported in Avdiivka, Donetsk

Shelling by Russian forces and artillery fire has been reported in the Avdiivka area of Donetsk overnight. The shelling was allegedly recorded near a school in the Bul'var Shevchenka area. Initial reports suggest several school buildings have been either destroyed or severely damaged. The school is believed to have been hit by Russian Grad MLRS shells. No people were inside the buildings at the time and no casualties have been reported.

Explosions heard in Kherson

Explosions have reportedly been heard in the occupied city of Kherson, in the south of Ukraine. Initial reports indicate the blasts were heard on Tuesday morning. Reports of the explosions come after Russian sources suggested Moscow aims to illegally incorporate the occupied Kherson region into the Russian Federation by the end of the year.

Russian troops enter Severodonetsk industry zone

Russian troops have entered the industrial part of Severodonetsk, according to Luhansk regional governor Serhiy Haidai. The latest advance on Monday by Russian soldiers means the Azot chemical plant is now the only part of the city not yet taken by Moscow. Nearby villages also remain under constant fire.

Russia claims Odesa airfield strike

Russia has claimed a strike on an airfield in the south-western Ukrainian region of Odesa. The strike is understood to have destroyed two Bayraktar drones and a drone control station. Russia’s defence ministry claimed on Monday that its forces used a high-precision Oniks missile to target the Artsyz airfield. Ukrainian military officials had earlier indicated that its air defence system deterred two attempted attacks on the Odesa region, destroying incoming missiles.

Two Russian soldiers killed in Kherson

A shooting incident has been reported in the southern occupied city of Kherson, where two Russian soldiers have apparently been shot dead. Initial reports claim the shooting occurred on Monday outside a waterfront cafe, when an armed suspect opened fire on a number of Russian soldiers, leaving two dead and a third injured. Further details have yet to be confirmed, including the identity and motive of the suspect, although it's suspected the attack was motivated by anti-Russian sentiment amid the occupation of the city.

Russian shelling reported in Kharkiv

Russian shelling has been reported in the Kharkiv region within the last 24 hours. According to recent reports, the shelling struck in the Ivanivka area of Kharkiv on Sunday, resulting in three Ukrainian casualties. The three people who were injured in the shelling have been identified as minors.

Three injured amid Ukrainian strikes in Crimea

Three casualties have apparently been reported following recent strikes targeting Russian drilling rigs in Crimea. It's understood that at least 12 people were on the Chernomorneftegaz rig platform when it was purportedly struck by a Ukrainian missile on Monday morning, at around 08:00 local time. The rig hit is understood to be part of the BK-1 tower in the Odessa field.

Donetsk shelling kills five

Five people have been killed and another 24 people have reportedly also been injured amid recent shelling in the eastern Donetsk region of Ukraine. It's claimed the casualties were incurred within the last 24 hours. Shelling was reported in the cities of Makiivka, Olenivka, Yasynuvata, Yakovlivka, and Horlivka, as well as lesser-known villages in the districts of Kirosvsky, Kuibyshevsky, and Kyiv.

One killed in Russian missile strike, Mykolaiv

One person has been killed and another two people have also been injured in a recent missile strike in the Mykolaiv region. The strike was apparently fired by Russian forces on Sunday, striking a location in the Ochakov area of Mykolaiv. Several residential properties were reportedly damaged in the strike.

Russian forces take Met'olkine in Luhansk

Russian forces are said to have taken control of the Met'olkine area in the Luhansk region. Latest reports from the area on Monday indicate regional officials have confirmed that the Ukrainian forces have ceded key territory in the village in of Met'olkine, ultimately losing control of the village centre as Russian forces advance through Luhansk.

UK PM makes second surprise visit to Kyiv

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made a second surprise visit to Kyiv for talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelesnkyy. The trip is the second unannounced visit to Ukraine Johnson has made since the war with Russia broke out, having previously travelled to Kyiv in April for talks. Johnson's visit comes after several other European leaders also travelled to the Ukrainian capital for high-level talks.

Explosion heard near Donetsk hotel

A large blast has reportedly been heard near a hotel in the centre of the regional capital city of Donetsk. The explosion was apparently heard on Friday morning, near the Dominic Hotel, located on Artema Street, in the north-western outskirts of the city. A thick column of black smoke has since been seen over the area. It's suspected the explosion was likely from shelling, although further details have not been confirmed.

Russian helicopter downed in Donetsk

A Russian Mi-35 military helicopter has allegedly been downed by Ukrainian forces in the eastern Donetsk region. The helicopter was reportedly shot down by the Ukrainian forces on Thursday, having been hit by a missile fired by Ukrainian troops in an unspecified part of the contested region.

Severodonetsk evacuation ‘impossible’

The governor of Ukraine’s Luhansk region has said on Friday that hopes to evacuate some 568 civilians sheltering in bunkers under the Azot chemical plant in the eastern city of Severodonetsk are currently unrealistic, calling evacuation plans "impossible" due to ongoing shelling and heavy fighting. At least 38 children are said to be taking shelter in the bunkers. Meanwhile, Russian-backed separatists in Luhansk have said they're prepared to open a humanitarian corridor to evacuate civilians from the plant, if Ukraine agrees to a ceasefire.

Russian navy vessel hit south of Odesa

Ukraine claims to have hit a Russian navy vessel in the Black Sea on Friday morning. It's claimed a Russian navy tugboat transporting soldiers, weapon, and ammunition to the Russian-occupied Zmiinyi island (aka Snake Island) south of the Odessa region was hit by Ukrainian missiles. Odesa's regional governor, Maksym Marchenko, has identified the tugboat as the Vasiliy Beg. Moscow has not responded to the claim.

One dead in Mykolaiv strike

One person has been killed and six others have also been injured in a missile strike on Mykolaiv. The strike occurred on Friday morning, striking high-rise buildings. Air raid sirens were activated in the city as the Russian-fired missiles hit the city, damaging residential properties and infrastructure. Local officials say a child has been identified among those injured in the strike.

Severodonetsk fighters ignore Russian call to surrender

Ukrainian fighters inside the Severodonetsk Azot chemical plant have ignored an ultimatum from Moscow to surrender. Russia urged Ukrainian forces sheltering in the plant to lay down arms and stop their "senseless resistance" as it opened a humanitarian corridor for civilians on Wednesday. According to recent reports, separatist forces had entered the plant on Thursday, but were unable to dislodge Ukrainian fighters. Meanwhile, several thousand more civilians are still believed to be sheltering in the plant as heavy fighting continues. Efforts to re-open the evacuation corridor are underway.

Shelling injures six in Kharkiv

Recent shelling in the Izyum and Loziv areas of the Kharkiv region has led to six people being injured on Wednesday. While one person was wounded amid Russian shelling in the Izyum district, another five people were also injured in Loziv. Elsewhere in the region, the regional capital district of Kharkiv city also reported increased shelling, as did the Bohodukhiv and Chuhuiv districts.

Shelling reported in Zolochiv

Shelling has recently been reported in the Zolochiv area of the Kharkiv region. The shelling illegally came from Russian troops and was confirmed on Thursday morning, reportedly hitting Zolochiv during the early hours, at around 02:00 local time. No injuries were inflicted as a result of the shelling, although several residential buildings have been destroyed or damaged.

Two injured amid Donetsk rocket strikes

Two people have allegedly been injured amid recent rocket strikes in the eastern Donetsk region. The strikes were purportedly conducted by the Russian forces, hitting targets in the Grishine and Pokrovsk areas on Wednesday. Local authorities claim the strikes damaged at least 14 residential properties in the areas, along with a nearby weather station and a farm.

Four killed in Sumy shelling

Four people have reportedly been killed amid recent shelling and fighting in the Sumy region. The deaths were reported on Wednesday in the Novoslobod, Esman, Bilopillya, and Hlukhiv areas. While four fatalities have been confirmed, another seven people have also been injured according to regional authorities. The deaths were apparently incurred amid Russian shelling and artillery fire. Russian helicopters are also alleged to have fired five rockets near Hlukhiv.

Russian rockets fired at Dnipropetrovsk

Russian forces have allegedly fired rockets on parts of the Dnipropetrovsk region. The rockets were reportedly fired at the Apostolove and Zelenosdolsk areas - both of which have come under increasingly heavy fire in recent weeks. Regional authorities have confirmed reports of the rocket strikes, but gave no details regarding targets. No casualties have been affiliated with the strikes so far.

European leaders in Kyiv for talks

European leaders have travelled to the Ukrainian city of Kyiv for key talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy amid the ongoing war with Russia. French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi are reported to have taken overnight trains to attend the high-level talks, with the aim to counter criticisms of their support for Ukraine. Also on the agenda will be discussion over Ukraine's hopes of joining the European Union.

Russian shelling wounds 19 in Mykolaiv

At least 19 people have reportedly been wounded following recent shelling by the Russian forces in Mykolaiv. A regional official reported the casualties on Wednesday, indicating the injuries had been incurred amid recent military activity over the past few days throughout the southern region. Almost 300 war casualties are understood to be receiving treatment in Mykolaiv hospitals according to regional governor, Hamma Zamazeyeva.

Russia claims destruction of NATO weapons warehouse

Moscow has claimed that Russian missile strikes have targeted and destroyed a warehouse housing NATO weapons in western Ukraine. The Russian defence ministry issued the claim on Wednesday morning, alleging to have struck a warehouse in the western Lviv region, which it purports was being used to store ammunition for US-produced artillery weapons. Neither Kyiv or NATO have responded to the claim, which has not been independently verified.

NATO to keep up arms supply to Ukraine

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has indicated that the alliance will continue to supply Ukraine with heavy weapons and long-range systems amid its ongoing war with Russia. The statement came on Wednesday during a press conference held by Stoltenberg in Brussels. ahead of a NATO defence meeting. Stoltenberg stated NATO allies remained “extremely focused on stepping up support” for Kyiv.

Shelling reported in Kharkiv

Shelling and casualties have been reported in Kharkiv within the last 24 hours. The latest reports come amid a notable increase in daytime shelling in the outskirts of the city over the past few days. Villages located between the city ring road and Russian positions are reportedly coming under heavy fire. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy acknowledged "painful losses" in the Kharkiv region in his latest nightly address to the nation, as Russian forces continue to try to strengthen their position there.

Russia opens Crimea-Donbas route to civilians

Russian forces have apparently opened the road route connecting the eastern region of Donbas with the Russian-annexed territory of Crimea. News of the development has been reported by Russian state media. The route connects the two areas via the occupied areas of Mariupol, Melitopol, and Kherson and will reportedly now be open to civilian vehicles - indicating the route is in theory safe from shelling and military attacks. Strict Russian military checkpoints are thought likely to be a feature. Further details have yet to be confirmed.

Russia urges Severodonetsk troops to surrender

Mosocw has urged Ukrainian troops defending Severodonetsk in Luhansk to surrender, as Russian forces temporarily suspend attacks to allow hundreds of civilians to evacuate from the Azot chemical plant in the city. Troops holed up in the plant have been urged to lay down their weapons from 08:00 Moscow time on Wednesday morning - when the humanitarian corridor is due to open. Some 500 civilians are believed to be sheltering at the plant, including 40 children. Russian state media has claimed the civilians were being held there by Ukrainian forces. Russian troops are estimated to control about 80 percent of Severodonetsk.

First Severodonetsk civilian corridor to open

The first civilian corridor out of the besieged eastern city of Severodonetsk is set to open on Wednesday morning, as agreed with the Russian forces. The corridor comes amid concerns over a lack of certainty and trust in Russia's pledge to temporarily cease attacks in the area to allow for safe evacuation, as many similar agreements have failed in previous months. Civilians are set to be transported out of the city and into the separatist-held region of Luhansk. Russia is now said to be in control of most of the city following a month of intense clashes.

Russia offers evacuation assistance in Severodonetsk

Moscow has offered to assist with evacuation efforts to extract Ukrainians trapped in the Azot chemical plant in the encircled city of Severodonetsk. The Russian army is said to have offered to establish a humanitarian corridor on Wednesday, to evacuate civilians trapped in the plant, who would then be transported to the separatist-held region of Luhansk. Ukrainian fighters sheltering in the plant have reportedly also been offered a chance to lay down their arms and surrender from 08:00 Moscow time on Wednesday. Ukraine says its troops are still holding out in the city.

Britons held by Russian forces deny mercenary charges

Two British nationals who have been detained by the Russian forces in Ukraine and are now being held in separatist held areas have denied charges of being mercenaries. Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner were sentenced to death earlier this month by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People Republic (DPR) in eastern Ukraine, sparking allegations the sentencing violates the Geneva Convention on the treatment of prisoners of war. Russia has stated that the UK should seek to engage with the DPR; however, the UK does not recognise the DPR. Moscow also claims it has not been asked to intervene in the situation.

Weapons depot hit in Chernihiv

Russian forces have reportedly struck an artillery weapons depot in the northern Chernihiv region. The weapons depot was apparently hit in a missile strike using Kalibr cruise missiles. Russian sources also claim to have show down a Ukrainian MiG-29 fighter jet and an Mi-24 helicopter. Reports have not been independently verified.

Russian shelling kills one, injures two in Sumy

Russian shelling in the Sumy region has killed at least one person and injured another two in the Sumy region. It's claimed a Russian-operated drone dropped grenades on a small community on Monday, targeting the Velykopysarivska area. The same area was also allegedly targeted with mortars later that same day, although no further casualties have been reported.

Evacuations underway from Lysychansk

Civilian evacuation efforts remain ongoing out of the eastern city of Lysychansk as Russian forces continue to bombard the neighbouring twin city of Severodonetsk. Regional governor Serhiy Haidai confirmed that an additional 70 people had been safely evacuated from Lysychansk and surrounding settlements. Haidai described conditions in the area as "real hell" as it continues to come under heavy artillery fire.

Heavy fighting continues in eastern Ukraine

Heavy fighting has continued in eastern Ukraine, where Russian forces have been making advances, with several key areas under intense bombardment. Among the latest developments to be reported on Tuesday morning include the destruction of the last bridge connecting Severodonetsk to the rest of Ukraine. Meanwhile, Russian troops have held defensive positions in southern areas of Zaporizhzhia and neighbouring Kherson, while positions north of Kharkiv have also come under attack.

Russian military advances in Kharkiv

Russia's military is thought to have made advances in the Kharkiv region. The reported advances are said to be small, but mark the first significant progress Moscow's troops have made in the area for several weeks. Russia's main military forces remains stationed in the eastern Donbas region, where Russian troops have also been substantial making gains in recent weeks.

Five dead amid Donetsk shellling

At least five fatalities have been reported amid recent shelling in the eastern region of Donetsk. The  shelling took place in the Russia-backed separatist region on Monday. Russian sources report separatist leaders in the region as claiming the shelling was fired by Ukrainian forces, hitting a market and a maternity hospital. These reports are unverified. Russian state news agencies have also claimed that a child was identified among those killed, while a further 22 others were also injured. 

Last bridge in Severodonetsk destroyed

A last, key bridge connecting the besieged eastern city of Severodonetsk to the rest of Ukraine has been destroyed. The development has been confirmed by regional governor Serhiy Haidai and means all bridges in and out of the city are unusable - making civilian and troop evacuation efforts, as well as supply deliveries, impossible. Haidar has also warned that residents still in the city are surviving in "extremely difficult conditions".

Separatist leader warns Ukrainian forces in Severodonetsk to surrender

A Russian-backed separatist leader has issued a statement to the Ukrainian forces defending the city of Severodonetsk, calling on the troops to lay down their arms. Deputy head of the People's Militia Department in the breakaway Luhansk region, Eduard Basurin, warned Ukrainian forces to "surrender or die", stating he would give no other option. The warning comes amid concerns the Ukrainian forces could become cut off from the rest of Ukraine as they defend the city if the last bridge connecting it to its twin city of Lysychansk is destroyed by Russian forces. Calls for heavy weaponry to be sent to Ukraine have increased as fighting has intensified.

Mariupol mayor reports 'catastrophic' conditions

The exiled mayor of the occupied city of Mariupol, Vadym Boichenko, has reported that conditions in the captured port city are now "catastrophic". An estimated 100,000 people are thought to be trapped in the city - much of which has been razed to the ground following months of near-constant bombardment by the Russian forces. "They don’t have clean water. There is no food, no electricity, no medications. Hospitals have been damaged, doctors have been killed. People do not live there, they survive, fighting for food," said Boichenko.

President calls for modern missile defence systems

Ukraine's President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, has called for modern missile systems, claiming over 2,600 cruise missile have struck parts of Ukraine since Russia launched its invasion earlier this year. Zelenskyy's call for modernised defence systems comes as he also says the Ukrainian forces are fighting for every metre of ground in the strategically critical city of Severodonetsk, where Ukraine has recently lost territory due to disadvantages in artillery.

Missiles fired in Pryluky

Russian missiles have apparently been fired in the Pryluky area of the northern Chernihiv region on Monday. Recent reports indicate that at least three missiles have been launched by Moscow's forces within Chernihiv, purportedly targeted areas in Pryluky, although precise targets remain unclear. There have been no immediate reports of casualties following the strikes.

Rocket strikes hit Zelenodolsk

One fatality has been reported following recent rocket strikes in the Zelenodolsk area of Dnipro. The rockets were allegedly fired by the Russian forces overnight, targeting inhabited areas of Dnipropetrovsk. While one person has been reported dead, another five others were also injured in the attacks. Strikes also landed in the Velyka Kostromka area, although no casualties were reported.

Russian missiles land in Donetsk

Russian missile strikes have reportedly landed in parts of the eastern Donetsk region. According to recent reports, the missiles were fired on Sunday, alongside sustained artillery strikes, leaving at least one person dead and another three people injured. Regional authorities have confirmed the fatality, which allegedly occurred in the Soledar area of Donetsk.

Ukrainian forces pushed back in Severodonetsk

Ukrainian forces have reportedly been pushed back in the contested city of Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine, as fighting along the front line there between the Ukrainian and Russia forces continues to intensify. It's claimed the Ukrainian forces have been pushed back from the city centre, as Moscow's forces carry out frequent assault operations in the city, backed by artillery strikes.

Kharkiv shelling kills two

Two people have reportedly been killed and another 15 others have also been wounded amid recent shelling in the Kharkiv region. The shelling was apparently fired by the Russian forces on Thursday. One person was allegedly killed, while six others were wounded by shelling in the Pechenihy area, while another fatality occurred, alongside five people who were injured in the Zolochiv area. Further casualties were also reported in Mala Dnaylibka, Vyshneve, and Grushuvakha.

Kyiv claims 100-200 daily soldier fatalities

Officials in Kyiv has claimed daily military fatalities of between 100 to 200. Mykhaylo Podolyak - a senior adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy - has claimed that between 100 and 200 Ukrainian soldiers are killed in action each day as the war with Russia rages on.

Warnings over Russian plans to annex Kherson

Western officials have iterated warnings over alleged Russian plans to annex the southern occupied Kherson region in Ukraine. US ambassador to the OSCE Michael Carpenter stated that the Russian-occupied region has effectively become the "Kremlin's laboratory of horrors" since its capture amid the war in Ukraine earlier this year. Carpenter went on to claim Moscow's proxy authorities in Kherson are abusing the rights of civilians and local politicians and fears a Russian annexation of the region, much like the 2014 annexation of nearby Crimea.

President claims gains in Zaporizhzhia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has claimed that the Ukrainian armed forces have allegedly made gains in the south-eastern Zaporizhzhia region amid intense fighting there. "We have some positive news in the Zaporizhzhia region where it is possible to thwart the plans of the occupiers", said Zelenskyy on Friday, before adding: "We are gradually advancing in the Kharkiv region. We are holding defence in the Mykolaiv axis."

Water and medical supplies shortage in Mariupol

A shortage of water and medical supplies has been reported from the captured southern port city of Mariupol. Recent intelligence reports from the UK's Ministry of Defence suggest the city is considered to be at an extremely high risk of a major cholera outbreak. The city's exiled deputy mayor has claimed that some 100,000 people are still trapped in the city and are now facing an increasing risk of disease.

UK Foreign Secretary to discuss captured Britons' death sentences with Ukraine

Britain's Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is set to speak with her Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, about two British nationals handed death sentences by a Russian proxy court in eastern Ukraine. Shaun Pinner and Aiden Aslin were handed the death sentences on Thursday evening, after being captured fighting with the Ukrainian army and tried as mercenaries. Ukraine's top prosecutor has joined the UK government in claiming the sentences breach the Geneva Convention. The two Britons were sentenced alongside a third man - Moroccan national Saaudun Brahim.

Lysychansk under heavy shellilng

The eastern city of Lysychansk has come under heavy shelling amid near constant bombardment by the Russian forces as Moscow seeks to take control of Lysychansk and its twin city, Severodonetsk, in the eastern Donbas region. The shelling in Lysychansk has caused major damage so far, according the regional mayor. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has described the fight for Lysychansk and Severedonetsk as 'brutal', suggesting the battle will be decisive for the rest of the Donbas region.

Heavy battle continues in Severodonetsk

Heavy fighting has continued as the battle for Severodonetsk rages on. Nearly 10,000 civilians are thought to remain in the city according to the region's mayor. Meanwhile, Luhansk's governor claims the Russian forces have taken control of most of the city. Recent reports indicated shelling which hit the Azot chemical plant in the city on Thursday has killed at least four people. Hundreds of civilians are seeking safety in the plant, which is being used as an air-raid shelter. Officials in the city have called for Western arms to be sent to them to help defence efforts.

President warns of port blockade impact

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has re-iterated warnings over the anticipated impact of a ports blockade by Russia on Ukraine's Black Sea ports. Zelenskyy has warned that the blockade will massively heighten the risk of a global food crisis which could potentially starve 'millions'. Meanwhile, Russia and Turkey have expressed backing for a safe corridor to be established in the Black Sea to allow Ukrainian grain exports, although Kyiv has rejected the proposal as not credible.

Three civilians wounded in Donetsk shelling

Three civilian casualties have been reported following recent shelling in the eastern city of Donetsk. According to reports, the civilians were injured amid shelling on Wednesday afternoon on Universytets'ka Street, near the Lenin Square area. Further shelling was also reported in the Kirov Street and Roslyogo Street areas. Russia media has claimed the shelling was fired by the Ukrainian forces.

Russian shelling kills two in Kharkiv

Two deaths have been reported amid Russian shelling in the city of Kharkiv. Two people have been killed and four others have also been injured after three buildings were hit by Russian shelling on Wednesday evening. The shelling occurred during the late hours, at around 23:00 local time, hitting a cafe, supermarket, and a library. Fires have been reported in all three buildings.

President comments on decisive Severodonetsk battle

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has indicated that the outcome of major fighting between Ukrainian forces and the Russian forces in the eastern town of Severodonetsk may decide the fate of the wider Donbas region, and subsequently, the country amid the ongoing war with Russia. Zelensky has stated that Ukraine is inflicting heavy casualties on Moscow's forces amid the fight for the city. Recent assessments indicate that Russia continues to seek to gain momentum around Izyum to put further pressure on Severodonetsk, as it sits on a key road into Donbas. Russian advances on the city have been stalled since April, with Kyiv defence forces utilising the region's terrain. 

Civilians shelter in Severodonestk factory bunkers

Around 800 civilians are sheltering in bunkers underneath the Azot chemicals factory in Severodonestk. The group includes 200 staff members who have stayed behind to safeguard highly explosive chemicals at the site. Russia claims to be in control of much of the eastern city, although heavy fighting is ongoing in urban areas.

Russia claims gains in Severodonetsk fight

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu claims that their troops have captured more territory in the eastern city of Severodonetsk. Street battles are ongoing throughout the city, with mayor Oleksandr Striuk stating that the situation is changing "every hour." Ukrainian officials have also said that the town of Sloviansk in the Donetsk region could be targeted by a Russian siege in the coming weeks. “The siege of Sloviansk is coming up. And our forces to the north of the Seversky Donets river will either be defeated or will retreat to the southern bank,” said presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovich.

Putin threatens more Kyiv strikes

Russian President Vladimir Putin has threatened to launch new strikes on Ukraine's capital, Kyiv. The president said he would carry out more strikes if the West provides long-range missiles to Ukraine's military. Moscow “will draw the appropriate conclusions and use our arms…. to strike at those targets which we have not yet been hitting,” said Putin. The warning comes after the US said that it would send advanced rocket systems to Kyiv, while the UK said it will supply M270 rocket launchers. There were several explosions in the Darnytski and Dniprovskyi districts of the capital on Sunday. Russia said it destroyed tanks in Kyiv sent from Europe.

Ukraine recaptures areas of Severodonetsk from Russian forces

Ukraine has announced that it recaptured half of the key eastern city of Severodonetsk from Russian forces. “Half of the city is actually controlled by our forces,” said Luhansk’s regional governor Serhiy Haidai. He said that Russian troops were destroying bridges on the Siverskyi Donets to prevent Ukraine from deploying reinforcements or delivering aid to civilians.

Four killed in Russian shelling across Kharkiv

At least four civilians have been killed and seven others wounded in Russian shelling across the north-eastern Kharkiv region. Local official Oleg Sinegubov said a woman died in Zolochev, a 12-year-old boy was killed in Ivanivka while two people died in a village in the Chuhuiv district. Earlier this week President Volodymyr Zelensk visited the frontlines in Kharkiv to assess the damage caused by Russian strikes.

US and Germany to send more military equipment to Ukraine

US President Joe Biden has confirmed that America will send more military equipment to Ukraine to support them in the conflict against Russia. The weapons will include the medium-range High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), which will allow the Ukrainian military to carry out more precise strikes and from a greater distance. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the US was "directly and intentionally adding fuel to the fire" by sending more military hardware to Kyiv. Meanwhile, Germany has also announced that it is sending air defence systems to Ukraine, including the advanced IRIS-T system.

Two Russian soldiers jailed on war crime charges

Two Russian soldiers have been jailed for 11 and a half years by a court in Ukraine. The soldiers, Alexander Bobikin and Alexander Ivanov, both pleaded guilty at the Kotelevska district court in central Ukraine. They were accused of shelling a school during a Russian offensive in the north-eastern Kharkiv region. Meanwhile, Ukraine has identified more than 600 Russian war crime suspects and has started prosecuting around 80 of them, the country's prosecutor-general said in a statement.

Russian troops enter Severodonetsk

Russian troops have entered the key eastern city of Severodonetsk amid heavy fighting with Ukrainian soldiers. “Unfortunately we have disappointing news, the enemy is moving into the city,” Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai told national television. “The fighting continues, the situation is very difficult.” The Russian forces entered the city from the north and south, while reinforcements are being sent to support the Russian offensive. An estimated 15,000 civilians remain trapped inside the city, which is one of the last remaining areas in the Donbas region outside of Russian control.

Nine killed in Kharkiv strikes

At least nine people have been killed and 19 others wounded in Russian shelling in the north-eastern city of Kharkiv. In a late-night address on Thursday, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the victims in Kharkiv were all civilians and included a five-month-old child and her father. The strikes hit the northern residential district of Pavlove Pole.

Ten killed in missile strikes, Dnipro

At least 10 people were killed and 35 others wounded in three missile strikes in the central city of Dnipro early on Friday morning. Local officials said the missiles were fired from the Rostov region of Russia and targeted a National Guard base. The region faced a “restless night and restless morning”, according to regional governor Valentyn Reznichenko.

Belarus deploys troops to Ukraine border

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has announced that battalion tactical groups were being sent to the southern border with Ukraine. “A new front has opened and we can’t fail to pay attention to it,” said Lukashenko at a press conference. He said he had ordered a new military command to defend the country. Belarus is a key ally of Russia and the country was used by Moscow when it launched its invasion into northern Ukraine in February.

Four killed in Kharkiv shelling

At least four civilians have been killed by Russian shelling in the north-eastern city of Kharkiv. Several others have been wounded in the strikes, according to Ukrainian officials. "The occupiers are shelling the regional centre again," said Kharkiv region Governor Oleh Synehubov. Several houses were also destroyed in the Derhachi area on Thursday.

Towns across Donbas hit by Russian strikes

At least 40 towns and cities across the Donbas region have been targeted by Russian bombardment. The governor of the Luhansk region, Serhiy Haidai, said three people were killed in artillery strikes on the city of Lysychansk on Wednesday. He also said that there is heavy fighting outside Sievierodonetsk, adding that the Russian forces were shelling the city with mortars. On Wednesday, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reiterated calls for more weapons from "our partners" to help Ukraine defeat the Russians, who "heavily outnumber us."

Russian forces advance on Donbas cities

Russian forces are advancing on the twin cities of Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk in the eastern Donbas region. The cities are surrounded on three sides, with the governor of Luhansk warning that it is now too late for civilians to be evacuated. “At this point I will not say: get out, evacuate. Now I will say: stay in a shelter,” said Sergiy Haidai. The governor said the Russians were currently targeting Toshkivka and Ustynivka, near Lysychansk. Ukrainian forces have also reportedly withdrawn from two towns outside of Horlivka, to the south of Sievierodonetsk.

Russia claims strike on arms depot in Donbas

Russia's defence ministry claims to have launched a strike on an arms depot used to store shells for the M777 howitzers in the Donbas region. Ukraine has received around 90 of the US-made artillery weapons, which it is using along the frontlines to push back the Russian invasion. There has not been any immediate response to the claims from Kyiv, although earlier Ukraine’s foreign minister said its forces needed more advanced weapons systems. "Russian offensive in the Donbas is a ruthless battle, the largest one on European soil since WWII. I urge partners to speed up deliveries of weapons and ammunition, especially MLRS, long-range artillery, APCs."

Russian soldier handed life sentence for killing civilian

A 21-year-old Russian soldier has been sentenced to life in prison for killing an unarmed Ukrainian civilian. Vadim Shishimarin was found guilty of shooting Oleksandr Shelipopv, 62, in the north-east region of Sumy shortly after the start of the Russian invasion in February. “I regret it. I regret it very much. I did not refuse and I am ready to accept any measures imposed,” said Shelipopv when he submitted a guilty plea last week.

Seven wounded in Kharkiv strike

At least seven people have been wounded after a Russian missile strike hit a building in the Kharkiv region. An emergency medical doctor, Viktor Zabashta, said the strike took place in the town of Lozova. Unconfirmed reports claim that the building was a recreational and cultural centre. Rescue operations are underway at the site.

Thirteen killed by Russia in Luhansk opperation

At least 13 people have been killed by Russian forces in the Luhansk Oblast. The regional governor, Serhiy Haidai, told reporters that 12 people died in Severodonetsk and another in the Girske settlement as Russian troops pushed towards Lysychansk on Thursday. He said that more than 60 houses were also destroyed across Zolote, Vrubivka and Rubizhne.

Dnipropetrovsk shelling leaves village without power

Shelling in the village of Zelenodolsk in the Dnipropetrovsk region has reportedly left residents without any electricity on Thursday. Regional authorities have confirmed the disruption to power in the area, claiming Russian forces had fired on the village five times, damaging and destroying several residential properties. While no casualties have been reported following the strikes, the village is partly without electricity or gas.

Kyiv mine blast kills two

Two men have reportedly died in the Kyiv region after a landmine apparently exploded. Local police suggest the two civilians died after accidentally triggered an anti-personnel mine which had allegedly been planted in a field near the small village of Lipovka by Russian troops. Moscow has been accused of ordering troops in occupied areas to plant mines with the deliberate intention of targeting Ukrainian forces taking back captured territory as the Russian forces withdrew last month.

Kyiv alleges Russian losses of 28,500

Ukrainian military officials have indicated that - by their estimates - the Russian military has lost around 28,500 military personnel since the start of the invasion. It's also guessed that Moscow has lost 1,254 tanks and 3,063 armoured vehicles. Ukraine's figures have typically been significantly higher than those sporadically released by Russia, which indicated in late March that Moscow had suffered troop losses of 1,351. While Russia is thought to have under baked its estimates, Kyiv is also suspected of overinflating Russian losses in a bid to boost morale.

Russian shelling reported in Sumy

Russian forces have reportedly been shelling various areas in the Sumy region. According to reports, shelling has targeted Ukrainian military positions in border areas, with at least 10 blasts reported on Wednesday evening in and around the Hlukhiv area. An additional six explosions were also reported in the Velyka Pysarivka area later that same evening, following by reports of shelling and gunfire during the late hours in Bilopillya. No casualties have been reported.

Five rockets hit Velyka Kostromka

Five rockets have reportedly hit the Velyka Kostromka area of the Dnipropetrovsk region in Ukraine. The rockets were apparently fired by the Russian forces on Thursday morning, during the early hours. No immediate reports of casualties have emerged following the strikes.

Severodonetsk shelling kills four

At least four people have reportedly been killed and another three others have also been wounded amid recent shelling in the Severodonetsk area of Luhansk. The shelling is alleged to have been fired by the Russian forces sometime within the last 24 hours. Ukrainian officials claim shelling hit eight residential buildings, damaging them.

Battle for Mariupol said to be over

The battle for control of the southern port city of Mariupol is said to be over following months of intense fighting as the Russian forces bombarded the besieged city. The statement comes three months after the city first came under attack and as Russia's defence ministry claims that 959 Ukrainian fighters from the Azovstal steelworks have surrendered and have been evacuated to Russian-held territory. Moscow's forces are now understood to be in full control of the city. Meanwhile, Ukraine has called for a prisoner swap; however, officials from the Kremlin have called Ukrainian fighters 'Nazi criminals' and have called for them to be put on trial. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the soldiers would be treated "in line with the relevant international laws".

Russian soldier pleads guilty to war crimes

A Russian soldier who has been on trial for war crimes allegedly committed in Ukraine has reportedly pleaded guilty to killing an unarmed civilian. Vadim Shishimarin has faced charges related to gunning down an unarmed 62-year-old civilian shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine began. Shishimarin and faces life in prison. Further trials are expected to be forthcoming, although Russia has maintained its denial that its troops targeted Ukrainian civilians.

Evacuation bus shelled in Luhansk

A bus evacuating Ukrainian civilians from war-torn areas in the eastern Luhansk region has reportedly been shelled by the Russian forces. The evacuation bus is said to have come under fire from Russian rockets near Volodymyrivka on Tuesday. No immediate reports of casualties have emerged following the alleged firing incident. Some 36 civilians were said to be on board the bus at the time and were being evacuated from the Severodonetsk and Lysychansk areas.

Civilian injured in Dnipro missile strike

A Ukrainian civilian has apparently been left injured after a missile strike hit the Dnipro region on Wednesday. The missile was reportedly fired by the Russian forces during the early hours of the morning. Ukrainian military officials claim air defence systems were successful in shooting down one of two missiles which were fired on the area.

Russian missile strike injures one in Mykolaiv

At least one person has reportedly been injured amid a recent missile strike which was allegedly conducted by the Russian forces in the Mykolaiv region of Ukraine. It's claimed that the missile strike hit a residential area in the Inhulskyi district of Mykolaiv city, leaving one Ukrainian civilian wounded. No other casualties have immediately been reported following the strike on Wednesday.

Azovstal rescue ends once Ukrainian fighters reach Ukraine-held areas

Rescue operations to safely extract, evacuate, and relocate Ukrainian forces defending the Azovstal steelworks as it comes under intense Russian bombardment will only end once all Mariupol fighters have reached territories under Ukrainian control. Ukraine's deputy defence minister indicated on Wednesday morning that "there are still many people left at Azovstal" as negotiations continue to secure their rescue. Large numbers of those evacuated have been temporarily taken to territory held by either the Russian forces or the Russian-backed separatist forces. The operation remains a sensitive one amid calls from Moscow politicians to put some of those taken from the steelworks on trial for war crimes. Ukraine has dismissed this calls as domestic propaganda aimed at the Russian audience and has called for a prisoner swap.

Russian air raid kills eight in Chernihiv

An air raid which was recently conducted by the Russian forces in Chernihiv has apparently killed at least eight people and wounded a further 12 others. The raid targeted the village of Desna in the northern Chernihiv region. Four missiles are understood to have landed in the village during the early hours of Tuesday morning, with two hitting buildings.

Kyiv working on 'further stages' of Azovstal evacuation

Kyiv is understood to be working on the “further stages” of the evacuation of Ukrainian defence fighters from the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol. Ukraine's deputy prime minister Iryna Vereshchuk confirmed the development in an online post on Tuesday, but gave no further details regarding evacuation plans. The latest statement comes after more than 50 wounded Ukrainian troops were taken from the steelworks to a hospital in the Russian-controlled town of Novoazovsk, and more than 210 others were taken to the town of Olenivka in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatists.

Moscow claims destruction of arms shipments in western Ukraine

Russia’s defence ministry claims that Russian forces have destroyed arms shipments in western Ukraine. Moscow alleges to have fired missiles at arms shipments and cargo from Kyiv’s Western allies – including the US – which were being stored in the western Lviv region. The claim comes after Lviv’s regional governor stated on Tuesday morning that Russian forces had struck a major military facility in the region, which came after Ukrainian air defence allegedly shot down three cruise missiles overnight.

Luhansk shelling kills 10

Recent heavy shelling in the eastern Luhansk region has apparently killed at least 10 Ukrainian civilians within the last 24 hours. Russian bombardment allegedly has killed 10 people and injured another three in the south-eastern part of the region. A large hospital ahs also been damaged in the town of Severodonetsk, near a strategic river the Russian forces have been attempting to cross for several days.

Air defence shoots down missiles over Lviv

Ukraine's air defence has apparently shot down missiles over the western city of Lviv. Three cruise missiles were reportedly shot dead at around midnight on Tuesday, which had allegedly been launched with the intention of striking key infrastructure targets in the Lviv region. The missiles were fired from the south-east. Powerful blasts were heard in the city of Lviv overnight, with the regional governor describing the explosions as the sound of air defences doing their job.

Five injured amid Russian missile strikes in Okhtyrka, Sumy

At least five people have reportedly been injured amid recent Russian missile strikes which hit the city of Okhtyrka in the Sumy region. The missiles are alleged to have struck "civilian targets" at around 05:00 local time on Tuesday morning. Several warehouses are also said to have caught fire as a result of the strikes, with many residential properties also affected, as well as a church and a kindergarten.

Russian claims Ukrainian shelling in Donetsk

Moscow alleges that Ukrainian shelling has reportedly fallen in the Donetsk region where Russian forces have invaded and intense fighting continues to be reported from the frontline on a daily basis. According to recent reports, the Russian-backed administration of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has said that Ukrainian troops twice shelled a residential area in the Petrovsky district on Tuesday. No immediate casualties have been reported.

Kyiv continues Azovstal rescue efforts

Ukrainian authorities in Kyiv have continued efforts to rescue the regiment defending the Azovstal plant in Mariupol. Ukraine has stated that the regiment has ‘completed its mission’ as more than 260 troops are evacuated and taken to Russian-held territory. An exchange will now be worked out for the fighters evacuated from the steel plant. While 53 injured Ukrainian fighters have been taken to the Russian-held city of Novoazovsk in the so-called Donetsk People's Republic, another 211 fighters have been taken to Russian-held Olenivka via a humanitarian corridor.

Border guard killed amid Russian incursion

A Ukrainian border guard has apparently died following intense fighting which broke out in the border region of the Sumy region on Monday. The border guard is said to have been killed amid a Russian incursion, which has since been repelled by the Ukrainian forces. Russian troops allegedly used grenades, mortar shells, and heavy artillery, including machine-gun fire amid the attack.

Six killed in Russian shelling, Donetsk

At least six people have allegedly been killed and another 12 people have also been wounded amid recent shelling by the Russian forces in the eastern region of Donetsk. According to recent reports, the shelling targeted locations in the Mariupol, Avdiivka, Toretsk, Soledar, Zalizne, Bakhmut, Niu-York, Lyman, and Dibrova areas.

Russian attack stopped in Sumy

Ukrainian forces have apparently stopped an attack by the Russian forces in the Sumy region. It's claimed Ukrainian border guards repelled an attack by a Russian sabotage and reconnaissance group on Monday morning, after the Russian forces entered Ukrainian territory under the cover of mortar shells, grenades, and machine gun fire. The Russian forces were forced to retreat after border guards fought back. The Sumy region has been under Ukrainian control since Kyiv retook occupied areas on 8 April.

Two killed in Luhansk strikes

Two people have reportedly died while another nine others have also been injured following recent strikes conducted by the Russian forces in the Luhansk region. The strikes were apparently carried out in northern Luhansk, in Severodonetsk. It's been claimed that the Russian strikes hit a hospital in Severodonetsk, although this has not been independently confirmed.

Troops defending Kharkiv push Russian troops back

Ukrainian troops defending the north-eastern Kharkiv region claim to have successfully pushed Russian forces back to the Russian border, taking back recently lost territory. Kyiv has praised the 'liberation' of Ukrainian territory following an intense battle in the region. Meanwhile, Ukrainian military authorities claim to have shot down an Su-25 aircraft near Velyka Komyshuvakha in Kharkiv, where high-precision Russian missiles are also reported to have hit two command posts and weapons depots. Similar strikes have also been reported in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. 

Three injured in Russian strikes on Odesa

At least Ukrainian civilians have allegedly been injured following recent missile strikes near the south-western port city of Odesa. The strikes were reportedly conducted by the Russian forces and purportedly landed near the estuary of the Dniester river, damaging a bridge near Dnistrovsky. Unconfirmed reports claim the strikes targeted nearby tourist facilities.

Russian shelling hits properties in Zaporizhzhia

Russian shelling has reportedly struck several civilian residential properties in the Huliaipole area of the Zaporizhzhia region. The shelling occurred on Sunday and is understood to have left multiple buildings damaged, although no casualties have immediately been reported following the shelling.

Two railway bridges blown up in Luhansk

Two railway bridges have reportedly been blown up by the Ukrainian forces in the eastern Luhansk region. The railway bridges were located between Rubizhne and Severodonetsk - both towns which have come under increasing Russian attacks over the past weeks, as Moscow seeks to advances its troops with the aim to take more ground in these areas. According to reports, the destruction of the bridges comes as part of the Ukrainian military effort to halt the Russian offensive towards Severodonetsk.

Russian missiles target military infrastructure in Lviv

Russian missiles have targeted military infrastructure in the western region of Lviv. Governor Maxim Kozitsky said four missiles were launched early on Sunday, destroying their target. No casualties were reported from the strikes, which were fired from the Black Sea.

Ukraine claims Russian troops withdrawing from Kharkiv

Ukraine's general staff said Russian troops were withdrawing from the north-eastern city of Kharkiv. "There were no Russian troops inside the city of Kharkiv. Russian tanks and armoured fighting vehicles were eliminated by Ukrainian fighters," the city's mayor, Ihor Terekhov, told the BBC. Kharkiv, Ukraine's second largest city, had been under heavy bombardment since the Russian invasion started in February.

Two killed in Luhansk shelling

Two people have been killed amid recent shelling in residential areas across Luhansk. Some 60 homes have also been almost totally destroyed amid the shelling, including seven high-rise buildings in Severodonetsk, and another which was also hit in Lysychansk. Popasna and Gorsky have also been badly affected by shelling. The two fatalities are said to have been recorded in the Lysychansk and Zolote areas.

Ukrainian forces repel Russian attempt to cross Donbas river

Ukrainian forces have apparently repelled a Russian attempt to cross a river in the eastern Donbas region, where intense fighting continues along the frontline. Russian troops are reported to have put "significant effort" into taking ground around Izyum and Severodonetsk in a bid to break through to Sloviansk and Kramatorsk. It's also reported that Russian forces suffered losses during  an attempt to cross a river in a contested area.

Russian navy ship hit near Snake Island

The Ukrainian forces claim to have hit a Russian navy ship near Snake Island, in the Black Sea. According to Ukrainian sources, Kyiv claims to have damaged a Russian navy logistics vessel, which had purportedly been transporting an air defence system from Russia's northern fleet to Snake Island when it was hit. The ship has not sunk as of Friday morning, but is thought to have been seriously damaged. Moscow has not confirmed details of the incident or reported any casualties thus far.

Russian forces take large amounts of Rubizhne

Russian forces are thought likely to have taken all of Rubizhne in Luhansk, as Russian troops capture large swathes of territory in the town. The Institute for the Study of War indicated on Friday morning that it's likely Moscow's forces now control all of the town and are soon expected to launch a major ground assault on Severodonetsk from Rubizhne within the next few days.

Russian shelling kills three in Shebelynka

Russian shelling has apparently led to the deaths of at least three people in the Shebelynka area of the Kharkiv region. While three fatalities have been reported, another five people were also injured in the shelling, which was reportedly conducted by the Russian forces in Shebelynka on Thursday afternoon, just after 16:30 local time. 

Missile strike hits aid centre in Kharkiv

A humanitarian aid centre in the Derhachi area of Kharkiv has reportedly been hit by a Russian missile strike. According to local reports, the strike hit the aid centre on Friday morning, when the Dergachiv House of Culture building was struck and damaged. The building was being used to store and distribute vital humanitarian aid supplies to Ukrainian civilians in need. While no casualties have been reported in connection with the strike, no aid deliveries will be coordinated from the centre for the immediate future.

Kharkiv shelling kills one, injures three civilians

Shelling in Kharkiv has reportedly killed one civilian and injured another three. Russian shelling has been targeting the north-eastern city and surrounding villages with increased intensity over the past 24 hours. The fatality was recorded in the village of Derhachi, just north-west of Kharkiv city, on Thursday. The reports come as Ukrainian forces recently made significant gains in recapturing territory in several key towns around Kharkiv.

Russian shelling reported throughout Donetsk

Russian forces have apparently been shelling multiple locations throughout the eastern Donetsk region over the course of the last 24 hours. Areas targeted include Avdiyivka, Bakhmut, Dolyna, Krasnohorivka, Mariupol, Niu York, Novoselivka, Orlivka, Slavyansk, and Soledar. An unconfirmed number of casualties have been reported in association with the latest strikes.

Rockets hit parts of Dnipro

Two rocket strikes have been reported in the Dnipro region within the last 24 hours. Both strikes are alleged to have been fired by the Russian forces on Wednesday, landing in the Zelenodolsk and Velyka Kostromka areas of Dnipro. No immediate reports of casualties have emerged following the strikes, although local authorities have indicated some material infrastructural damage has been caused to buildings in both areas.

Bridges blown up near Bilohorivka

Two bridges have apparently been blown up by the Ukrainian forces in an attempt to prevent Russian advances near Bilohorivka. The two pontoon bridges were blown up on Tuesday with the aim of preventing Russian troops from being able to cross over the Siverskyi Donetsk river in Luhansk. 

Fire breaks out in Kyiv cinema

A fire has reportedly broken out in a cinema building in the Solomyanskyi area of the Kyiv region. The fire was reported late on Wednesday night at the Tampere cinema on Heroiv Sevastopolya Street. The precise cause of the fire has yet to be confirmed and initial investigations are looking into whether the cinema was targeted by Russian shelling. No casualties have been reported in connection with the fire.

Russian troops retreating from Kharkiv

Russian troops are said to be retreating and withdrawing from the Kharkiv region. Recent intelligence from the UK's defence ministry reportedly indicates the Russian forces have begun to leave the area, in a move allegedly exposing Moscow's inability to capture key Ukrainian cities. The withdrawal from the region apparently comes after the Russian troops are thought to have suffered heavy losses amid intense fighting in the region.

Missile strike reported in Odesa

A missile strike has reportedly landed in the southern coastal city of Odesa. The strike is alleged to have been fired by the Russian forces on Wednesday, hitting an unspecified target near the port city. Further details of the purported missile strike have yet to be independently verified, including whether or not any casualties were incurred or associated with the alleged strike. There have been no immediate reports or claims of civilian deaths following the incident.

Russian airstrikes hit Novgorod-Seversky

Russian airstrikes have allegedly hit parts of the Novgorod-Seversky area of the Chernihiv region. The strikes were reported by local Ukrainian officials on Thursday and are believed to have resulted in an undetermined number of casualties. It's been reported that the strikes were conducted within the last 12 hours and appear to have targeted critical infrastructure, as well as local schools and administrative buildings. Several residential properties were also damaged in the strikes.

Russian shelling damages properties in Luhansk

Russian shelling has reportedly fallen in the Luhansk region over the past 24 hours, damaging dozens of civilian residential properties. At least 24 properties have been damaged as a result of the shelling on Wednesday, according to regional authorities. It's claimed the shelling was fired by Russian forces on the following areas: Severodonetsk, Rubizhne, Hirske, Vrubivka, Komyshuvas, and Toshkivka. No casualties have been reported in connection with the shelling.

Pro-Russian authorities in Kherson to request absorption

Pro-Russian authorities in Russian-occupied Kherson are reportedly planning to ask Russian President Vladimir Putin to absorb the occupied Kherson region of Ukraine, to make it part of Russia. Russian state media has reported that pro-Kremlin separatist figures are expected to ask Putin for the region to officially become a part of the Russian Federation, although a Kremlin spokesperson has allegedly responded with an ambiguous statement indicating it was for the people of Kherson to decide. The move would mirror the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014. Since seizing Kherson, Russian authorities have dismissed its elected mayor and introduced the Russian rouble as the currency and blocked Ukrainian television.

Russian air raids target Azovstal

Russian air raids have been conducted with increasing intensity on the Azovstal steelworks site in Mariupol. It's claimed some 38 air raids have been carried out on the site over the past 24 hours, including four attacks conducted by heavy strategic bombers. Hundreds of Ukrainian fighters are believed to still be occupying the steel plant.

Attacks on Kharkiv intensifying

Russian attacks on the city of Kharkiv are said to be intensifying, according to the regional governor. Residents have been warned to stay in shelters even when alarms aren't sounding due to the increased intensity of attacks. The ramped up Russian offensive in the area comes after Ukrainian forces recaptures areas north of the city.

Luhansk shelling damages school

Recent Russian shelling in the eastern Luhansk region has damaged a school and gas pipeline, as well as several residential buildings. The shelling fell on Tuesday in the Severodonetsk, Hirske, Rubizhne, Lysychansk, and Vrubivka areas. The school which was hit has been identified as a boarding school in Hirske. Among other buildings damaged include a hotel and high-rise apartment buildings.

Shelling reported in Donetsk

Increased shelling has allegedly been reported in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine over the last 24 hours. According to local reports, the latest shelling has been carried out by the Ukrainian forces, targeting positions held by the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) in the Kuibyshevsky area on Wednesday morning. No immediate reports of casualties have emerged following the shelling.

Fighting continues on Snake Island

Fighting between the Ukrainian and Russian forces has continued to be reported on Snake Island in the Black Sea. The latest reports on the situation on the ground there come from the UK's defence ministry, which has indicated in a recent intelligence report that Ukrainian drones have apparently hit Russian air defence systems and resupply vessels as Moscow attempts to restock its exposed garrison on the island. Russia currently holds a position on the island, but needs to refortify it in order to maintain strategic dominance in the north-west of the Black Sea.

Russian forces pushed out of Kharkiv

Russian forces have reportedly been pushed out of parts of northern Kharkiv over the last 24 hours. Ukrainian military officials say a successful counteroffensive has pushed out the Russian forces north of Kharkiv, recapturing some villages around the key city. The development comes as a statement from US security officials warns that Russian forces appear to be preparing for a long war, regardless of the outcome of the offensive in eastern Ukraine.

Ukrainian death toll 'thousands higher' than reported

The UN has indicated that the Ukrainian military death toll has now been estimated to be in the 'thousands higher' than previously thought. Matilda Bogne - head of the UN's human rights monitoring mission in Ukraine - has stated that revised estimates suggest thousands more civilians have been killed in the country since the war began than the UN's official toll of 3,381. Bogner described Mariupol as a 'blackhole' of reliability in terms of civilian casualty figures, saying it has been difficult to fully access and corroborate information.

Mykolaiv reports 15 civilian casualties in Russian attacks

Fifteen casualties have been reported by officials in Mykolaiv amid recent Russian military attacks. The attacks are alleged to have taken place within the last 24 hours, according to the head of Mykolaiv's regional council, Hanna Zamazeeva. All of the 15 injured civilians are understood to be adult Ukrainian citizens.

Russia accused of listing killed troops as MIA

Kyiv has accused Russia of listing troops known to have been killed in action (KIA), as missing in action (MIA). It's furthermore claimed that the Russian troops have also been ordered to discretely bury the bodies of slain soldiers listed as MIA in an alleged bid to disguise the true extent of Russian military losses. The claim is said to be based on an intercepted phone call between a Russian-backed separatist fighter and his wide in the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic.

Two injured in Luhansk shelling

Two casualties have been reported following recent shelling in Luhansk. Regional authorities have confirmed that a Ukrainian civilian and a police officer were injured amid shelling on cities and villages in the region over the past day. Twenty-two incidences of shelling were recorded within a single 24-hour period in the Severodonetsk and Lysychansk areas.

Civilians still inside Mariupol steelworks

Some 100 civilians are said to still be inside the steelworks at Mariupol, according the city mayor's aide. The Azovstal steel plant has come under heavy fire from the Russian forces as the last Ukrainian defence forces remain holed up there. “In addition to the military, at least 100 civilians remain in the [Azovstal] shelters. However, this does not reduce the density of attacks by the occupiers,” mayoral aide Petro Andryushchenko said on Tuesday.

German foreign minister on trip to Ukraine

Germany's foreign minister has arrived in Ukraine on a visit, becoming the highest-ranking German official to visit the country since Russia's invasion began in late February. German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock reportedly first stopped off in the town of Bucha, near Kyiv, where Russian forces have been accused of having committed war crimes - allegations which Moscow has denied.

Civilian bodies uncovered in Izyum

The bodies of at least 44 civilians have reportedly been uncovered in the north-eastern city of Izyum, in the Kharkiv region. According to recent reports, the bodies were discovered amidst the rubble of a five-storey building which was seemingly hit by Russian shelling in March. The city had come under sustained attack from the Russian forces during the first few weeks of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Missiles hit Odesa port

The port of Odesa has come under fire on Tuesday, with reports indicating missiles have hit the city's port area. At least one fatality has been reported, while five other people have also been injured amid the strikes, which appear to have targeting a shopping centre and a depot. The missile strikes on Odesa come as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned that Russia's blockade of Ukraine's Black Sea ports will threaten global food supplies.

Kyiv reports total Russian military loss of 26,000

Ukrainian military officials in Kyiv have reported a total estimated Russian troop loss of 26,000, since the invasion began on 26 February. The latest figure comes on Tuesday and includes some 350 Russian personnel who are believed to have died within the last 24 hours. It's also claimed Moscow has lost 1,170 tanks, 2,808 armoured vehicles, 199 planes, and 158 helicopters. Russia's most recent death toll to be confirmed by the Kremlin was released in late March, verifying the deaths of around 1,300 Russian servicemen.

Civilians evacuated out of Mariupol steel plant

Civilian evacuations out of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol have finished. All elderly people, woman, and children have now been evacuated from the besieged site in an operation which began last week and was co-ordinated by the UN and the Red Cross. The whereabouts of the evacuees has yet to be confirmed; however, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said that the extraction part of the humanitarian operation was now complete. Ukrainian forces are still holding out in the plant.

Intense shelling in Kharkiv region

Intense shelling has been reported in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine, as troops fight to regain control of war-torn areas. Fighting continues to take place in five villages north-east of Kharkiv city. The intense fighting comes after Ukrainian forces claimed over the weekend to have retaken the areas in a successful counter-offensive. Ukrainian military officials in the region have reported that the

Kyiv warns of missile strikes

Military officials in Kyiv have warned of an increased likelihood of Russian missile strikes targeting Ukrainian-held territory to coincide with Russia's celebration of 9 May Victory Day. The Ukrainian military’s general staff also stated that in Russian-controlled areas of Zaporizhzhia, Russian troops had begun the “seizure of personal documents from the local population without good reason” and had forced local residents to take part in Victory Day commemorations there.

Heavy shelling reported in eastern Ukraine

Heavy shelling has been reported in eastern Ukraine on Monday. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has denounced reports of heavy Russian bombardment in the Luhansk region, where a strike on a school where people were sheltering has reportedly led to the deaths of at least 60 people. The incident has prompted accusations of Russian strikes deliberately targeting civilian shelters.

Russian shelling reported in Chernihiv and Sumy

Shelling has been reported in the Gorodnya area of the Chernihiv region, as well as in the Shostka area of the Sumy region. The shelling has apparently been recorded within the last 24 hours and was fired by the Russian forces. No immediate casualties have been reported in association with the shelling, although local authorities have suggested the shelling in Gorodnya hit a residential area of a village.

Dozens killed in airstrike on school, Luhansk

At least 60 people are believed to have been killed in a Russian airstrike on a school in the eastern Luhansk region. Local governor Serhiy Haidai said that around 90 people were sheltering at the site in the village of Bilohorivka. Thirty civilians were rescued from the debris and the emergency services eventually extinguished a fire that was caused by the strike, which was carried out on Saturday. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he was "appalled" by the deadly attack.

Kyiv accuses Russia of ceasefire violation

The Ukrainian forces have accused Russia of violating a ceasefire by firing whilst civilians were being evacuated from the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol. It's alleged that a civilian car is thought to have been among targets hit by Russian shelling. The accusation comes as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told the press he would be open to accepting a peace deal which saw Russian troops return to positions held prior to February's invasion of Ukraine.

G7 leaders to hold talks with Zelenskyy

G7 leaders are set to hold talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to discuss the current situation amid the war in Ukraine. The talks are reportedly set to take place on Sunday 8 May - commemorating the end of World War Two in Europe. Zelenskyy is due to take part and report on developments. US President Joe Biden is open to imposing more sanctions on Russia and aims to discuss potential measures with G7 allies over the next few days.

Azovstal evacuations underway

New efforts to evacuate Ukrainian civilians from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol are said to be underway on Friday. Further details have yet to be confirmed, including how many civilians are hoped to be extracted and at what stage the latest evacuation effort is at. “The next stage of rescuing our people from Azovstal is under way at the moment. Information about the results will be provided later,” stated Andriy Yermak, the head of the presidential staff, on Friday.

Ukraine army preparing for battle in Luhansk

The Ukrainian armed forces are said to be preparing for more powerful battles in the eastern Luhansk region. Regional authorities have indicated they are readying themselves for stronger Russian offensives over the next three to four days, with the likely aim to break through to Severodonetsk or Popasna. Western intelligence also suggests Russia is likely to attempt to recapture Severodonetsk and Kramatorsk in a move which would consolidate Russian military control in north-eastern Donbas.

Russia claims to have killed 600 Ukrainian fighters

Russia's defence ministry claims to have killed 600 Ukrainian fighters during overnight operations. The ministry said missiles destroyed aviation equipment at the Kanatovo airfield in the central Kirovohrad. Missiles were also fired at an ammunition depot in the southern city of Mykolaiv. "Over 600 nationalists and 61 units of weapons and military equipment were destroyed," said the ministry.

Heavy fighting reported at Azovstal steel plant

Heavy fighting has been reported at the Azovstal steel plant in the besieged city of Mariupol. The city's mayor, Vadym Boychenko, said that contact has been lost with the Ukrainian fighters who remained at the site, adding that more than 30 children were among the civilians still waiting to be evacuated from the site. Meanwhile, Russia's defence ministry said the Kremlin was restoring "peacetime life" to Mariupol and other occupied cities in eastern Ukraine.

Russian missiles leave parts of Lviv without power

Several areas in the western city of Lviv are without power and water after at least three Russian missiles hit electrical substations late on Tuesday. The mayor of Lviv, Andriy Sadovyi, said the strikes caused "serious damage to the municipal infrastructure.” Russian forces also targeted substations along the railway system in central and western Ukraine.

Azovstal evacuees arrive in Zaporizhzhia

The first evacuees to be extracted from the blockaded Azovstal steel works site in the besieged southern port city of Mariupol have reportedly arrived in Zaporizhzhia. Women and children who were evacuated from the Mariupol steelworks at the weekend have arrived on buses after spending weeks in bunkers beneath the steel works industrial plant. News of the evacuees' arrival comes as Russia says it has resumed bombarding the site in retaliation for an alleged ceasefire violation. Hundreds more civilians are still thought to remain trapped in the plant.

Nine civilians killed in Donetsk

Nine civilian deaths have been reported in the eastern Donetsk region. Regional authorities claim at least nine civilians have died after being hit by Russian attacks. Three deaths were reported in the town of Avdiivka, which came under aerial bombardment on Tuesday, while six other deaths were reported amid shelling in Vuheldar and Lyman.

Over 200 civilians trapped in Mariupol steel plant

More than 200 civilians are still thought to be trapped in the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol. The city's mayor stated on Tuesday morning that over 200 civilians are thought to be holed up with Ukrainian fighters in the plant, which continues to be blockaded and bombarded by Russian forces. Ukrainian soldiers there say Russian troops are using planes, tanks and warship missiles to pound the site. Meanwhile, a convoy carrying 100 women and children who were evacuated from the site over the weekend is expected to arrive in Ukrainian-controlled territory. The UN and Red Cross are hoping to coordinate further civilian evacuation efforts.

Donetsk shelling kills three

At least three people have apparently been killed amid recent shelling in Donetsk. The fatalities have been identified as Ukrainian civilians, who were allegedly killed amid Russian shelling in the city of Vuhledar on Tuesday. Other areas of Donetsk continue to come under constant fire as regional authorities carry out efforts to evacuate civilians from frontline areas.

Over 200 children fatalities reported amid war

Ukrainian authorities have estimated than more than 200 children have been killed amid the war in Ukraine since Russia launched its invasion earlier this year. It's estimated that some 220 children have died, and a further 406 have also been injured. Most of these casualties are understood to have been reported in the eastern Donetsk region, closely followed by Kyiv and then Kharkiv, with Chernihiv and Kherson also reporting considerable figures.

Air raid sirens sounds in south and eastern Ukraine

Air raid sirens have been activated across parts of southern and eastern Ukraine during the early hours of Tuesday morning. Sirens have been heard in the Kramatorsk district and in the regions of Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, and Poltava. Reports have also emerged online, of several residents in the southern Mykolaiv region reporting explosions on social media, although this has not been independently verified.

Two British aid workers captured in Zaporizhzhia

Two British aid volunteers have reportedly been captured by the Russian forces whilst travelling in Zaporizhzhia. The two men had independently volunteered to deliver humanitarian assistance in Ukraine amid the conflict with Russia, and had been en route to help evacuate a Ukrainian civilian family when they were stopped at a checkpoint by Russian security forces and detained. The pair had been coordinating with the non-profit Presidium Network. 

Fastiv hit by missile strikes

At least two people have apparently died after missiles struck hit the central city of Fastiv, in the Kyiv region. The missiles reportedly hit the city on Thursday evening, at around 20:00 local time. Local Ukrainian authorities have reported the deaths on Friday, claiming the strikes were fired by the Russian forces as part of an attack targeting key city infrastructure.

Five killed amid Kharkiv shelling

At least five civilian deaths have apparently been reported following recent Russian shelling in the Kharkiv area. According to reports, the shelling landed in the Nemyshlyany and Kyivskyi districts, as well as in the Khroly, Kotlyary, and Pokotylivka areas. In total, five fatalities have been reported, while another 11 others are also believed to have been injured amid the shelling on Thursday.

Russian strike hits Shepetivka

A Russian missile strike has apparently struck an infrastructure facility in the Shepetivka area of the western Khmelnytskyi region. The strike allegedly occurred on Thursday and has been reported by regional authorities, who claim the facility in Shepetivka was hit during the late hours of the evening. No immediate reports of casualties have merged following the strike.

Eastern towns hit overnight

Several towns in eastern Ukraine have been hit overnight by Russian strikes. Five towns located in the eastern Luhansk region were reportedly targeted by Russian shelling overnight, causing significant damage to local properties but no casualties. Meanwhile, airstrikes hit a town in the Donetsk region during the late hours of Thursday evening, leaving three people dead and another three wounded.

Makariv landmine kills one

One person has died, while another two have also been injured after a landmine exploded in the Makariv area of the Kyiv region. The blast occurred on Thursday. The explosion hit a team of workers from the regional electricity department, who had been sent out to survey part of a field amid efforts to restore power to the local area. The mine presumed to have bee planted by Russian forces, although this has not been confirmed.

Shelling reported in Dnipro region

Russian shelling has apparently fallen in the Dnipro region overnight, landing in the Maryanske and Kostromka areas. No immediate reports of casualties have emerged following the attacks - both of which were reportedly carried out during the early hours of Friday morning. Regional officials have confirmed details of the attacks, including target locations.

Ten injured in Kyiv blasts

At least 10 people have reportedly been injured amid two explosions in Kyiv. Ukrainian officials claim 10 people were wounded after Russia fired missiles on the capital city during a visit by UN chief Antonio Guterres. Ukraine’s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba has condemned the attack as a “heinous act of barbarism”. Meanwhile, Guterres has stated that the UN is aiming to secure evacuations from the Avozstal steel plant in Mariupol, where the last of the Ukrainian defence in the city is holed up.

Explosions hit Kherson

Explosions have rocked the southern occupied city of Kherson. According to reports, the blasts temporarily knocked Russian channels off air, after several rockets allegedly hit the city. Russian sources claim the rockets were fired by Ukrainian troops and landed near a television tower in the city. The new comes as Russian-appointed officials in the city say the region will begin transitioning to using the Russian rouble as its main currency from Sunday 1 May.

Ukraine troops repel six Donbas attacks

Ukrainian forces fighting Russian advances in the eastern Donbas region are said to have successfully pushed back or prevented six Russian attacks in the Donetsk and Luhansk areas within the last 24 hours. Ukraine's military also claims to have destroyed five tanks, one artillery system, 21 armoured vehicles, one  armoured combat vehicle, one car, and one anti-aircraft installation belonging to the Russian forces.

Russian forces shell Esman, Sumy

Russian forces have been shelling parts of the Esman area of the Sumy region. Shelling reportedly fell overnight, hitting dozens of targets, although there have been no immediate reports of any casualties. Regional officials claim more than 50 shells were fired at the area by the Russian troops over the last 12 hours.

Missile strike hits houses in Zaporizhzhia

A Russian missile strike has allegedly hit a number of private residential properties in Zaporizhzhia oon Thursday. Local reports claim the strike damaged two houses and left three civilians - including one minor - injured. News of the strike has been reported by regional authorities but details have not been independently verified.

Three killed amid Luhansk shelling

Three people have allegedly been killed and another four others have also been wounded amid recent shelling in the Luhansk region. The shelling reportedly came from Russian forces and landed in the Severodonetsk, Lysychansk, Popasna, and Novodruzhesk areas over the last 24 hours. Casualties were reported in all targeted areas, bar Popasna, while properties have been damaged throughout all four areas.

Russia warns against foreign intervention in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned against foreign intervention in the war in Ukraine, saying any country doing so would face a "lightning-fast" response. In an apparent reference to ballistic missiles and nuclear arms, Putin stated Russia has "all the tools no-one can boast of... we will use them if necessary". The warning comes as Ukraine's allies have ramped up weapons supplies and as Russia has struggled to make much headway against a staunch Ukrainian resistance in the eastern Donbas region.

Moscow claims Zaporizhzhia arms depot strike

Russia claims to have hit an arms depot in the south-eastern region of Zaporizhzhia. The defence ministry in Moscow alleges its forces struck the facility with Kalibr missiles, destroying weapons from the US and European countries which had been sent to Ukraine amid the ongoing war with Russia. Moscow also claims to have destroyed some 59 Ukrainian military targets overnight. No casualties have been reported.

Russia seizes two Donbas towns

Russian forces have apparently seized control of two towns in the eastern Donbas region. Moscow's troops are said to have taken Zarichne town amid their ongoing assault along the northern portion of Donetsk, along with the town of Novotoshkivske - located on the road between separatist-held parts of Luhansk and Ukraine-controlled Lysychansk.

Russia probes alleged 'neo-Nazi' bomb use in Mykolaiv

Russian forces are reportedly launching an investigation into the alleged use of explosive devices by 'neo-Nazis' in the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv. The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation posted a message on Telegram on Wednesday indicating it had launched a probe into the “installation of explosive devices by neo-Nazis in Mykolaiv", including near an aircraft repair plant, where they claim so-called neo-Nazis have installed "radio-controlled explosive devices with damaging elements". The probe speculates that Ukrainian 'neo-Nazis' allegedly intend to detonate the bombs during a mass gathering as part of a staged provocation to frame the Russian military.

Three Mykolaiv villages recaptured

Three villages in Mykolaiv have been recaptured in the Mykolaiv region from the Russian armed forces, which had apparently occupied or taken control of parts of several settlements. Ukraine's army is now said to be in full control of three villages west of Snihurivka: Lyubyne, Novopetrivka, and Shyroke. The claim of control has not been independently verified.

Intense shelling reported in Sumy

Intense shelling has been reported in the Sumy region throughout the last few days. Regional authorities claim the Russian forces have fired mortar bombs almost continuously, targeting settlements along a line of control between Bilopillya and Bachevsk. It's unclear whether or not the Russian forces have made any substantial gains in the area, or whether the shelling has resulted in any casualties.

Russia claims 'liberation' of Kherson

Russia claims to have 'liberated' the entire of the southern Kherson region in Ukraine. The defence ministry in Moscow released a statement on Wednesday alleging that the Russian forces had taken control of the entire region. Elsewhere in Ukraine, Russian forces also claim to have taken parts of the south-eastern Zaporizhzhia region, as well as parts of the southern Mykolaiv region, and parts of the Kharkiv region to the east of Kyiv.

Russian shelling reported in Luhansk

Shelling by the Russian forces has been reported in Luhansk, killing at least one Ukrainian civilian within the last 24 hours. The death was reported on Tuesday in the Pryvillia area of the eastern region. Local Ukrainian authorities have confirmed details of the strikes, saying several private residential properties were also hit and damaged amid the shelling. Other areas, including Rubizhne, Severodonetsk, and Lysychansk have also been hit by shelling recently.

Shelling hits Dnipro energy company

At least one person has been injured after Russian shelling allegedly hit an energy infrastructure company in the central Dnipro region on Wednesday. The facility - located in the Zelenodolsk area - is reported to have been among several sites and properties which were damaged as a result of being targeted by Russian shelling throughout the region over the last 24 hours.

Russian forces target Odessa bridge

Russian forces have apparently been targeting a key bridge in the Odessa region within the last 12 hours. According to reports, a rocket has been fired at a road-rail bridge across the Dniester estuary during the early hours of Wednesday morning. The rocket was reportedly fired by Russian forces at around 06:45 local time. No casualties have been reported as a result of the strike.

Kyiv urges for UN-backed Mariupol evacuations

Kyiv has called for the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to push for Mariupol evacuations. The development comes after Guterres issued a statement on Tuesday calling for a ceasefire agreement "as soon as possible" in Ukraine following recently-held talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow. Guterres is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin later today. Tens of thousands of people are feared to remain trapped in the besieged port city in south-eastern Ukraine.

Around 15,000 Russian troops killed amid war in Ukraine

About 15,000 Russian troops are estimated to have been killed amid the war in Ukraine so far. The UK Defence Ministry has released the latest estimated figures on Tuesday, saying around 15,000 Russian military personnel are thought to have died since the war began, and than a quarter of Russia's invasion forces has been assessed as no longer "combat-effective". The UK has also confirmed plans to provide Ukraine with a limited number of armoured vehicles fitted with anti-aircraft missile launchers.

Russian forces encircling eastern Ukrainian positions

Russian forces are reportedly manoeuvring their troops in such as way as to indicate a planned effort aiming to encircle Ukrainian positions in the east. It's believed the Russian forces are likely attempting to surround heavily fortified Ukrainian positions, particularly in the cities of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region, where Russian forces are advancing from the north and the east. Ukrainian forces are also understood to be preparing defences in Zaporizhzhia in anticipation of a potential attack from the south.

Kherson council building forcibly seized

The council building in the occupied southern city of Kherson has allegedly been taken by force by armed Russian soldiers. The city's mayor released a statement on Tuesday claiming the building was seized by armed Russians. The development comes as Moscow seeks to further establish its hold on territory seized in the south of Ukraine. Kherson remains the only major city to be taken by the Russian forces so far.

Russian shelling injures three in Donetsk

Three people have allegedly been wounded amid recent Russian shelling in the Mar'inka and Velyka Novosilka areas of Donetsk on Tuesday. The shelling is understood to have hit during the early hours of the morning. One person was injured in the town of Velyka Novosilka, while another two people were also wounded in the city of Mar'inka.

Russian missile hit six railway facilities

Russia’s defence ministry has claimed on Tuesday to have hit at least six railway facilities in Ukraine as it attempts to disrupt weapon supplies from the West. According to reports, Moscow alleged its high-precision missiles destroyed six facilities powering railways in central and western Ukraine, which were being used to deliver foreign weapons to the Ukrainian forces in the eastern Donbas region. At least five people have been killed in the strikes, while a further 18 others have also been wounded.

Russian foreign minister warns of WWIII risk

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has warned of an increased risk of World War III breaking out amid the ongoing war in Ukraine. The comment came during a wide-ranging interview, in which Lavrov appeared to suggest that Western weapons and military aid being sent to Ukraine constituted as a "legitimate target" for the the Russian military.

Russian attacks in eastern Ukraine rebuffed

Ukraine’s defence ministry claims to have rebuffed attacks in the east, as Moscow continues its renewed offensive in the eastern Donbas region. Kyiv claims the attacks have been pushed back, with defence ministry spokesperson Oleksandr Motuzyanyk saying on Monday that the Russian forces had attempted to break through the defences of towns including Rubizhne, Popasna, Sievierodonetsk, Maryinka, and Avdiivka, and have been attempting to advance from the town of Izyum towards Sloviansk and Barvinkove.

Russian missile hit Poltava thermal power plant

Russian missiles are reported to have struck a thermal power plant and oil refinery site in the Kremenchuk area of Poltova. The strikes are alleged to have occurred over the weekend. Initial casualty figures suggest at least one person has died following the attack, while a further seven others are also reported to have been injured. 

Strikes target central and western railway lines

Railway lines in parts of central and western Ukraine have allegedly been hit by strikes on Monday. A Russian strike is understood to have hit near a train line in the outskirts of Lviv, where a facility handling power supply to overhead lines was struck, while there have been reports of casualties after stations in Zhmerynka and Kozatyn in central Ukraine were hit. In total, five railway stations have apparently been targeted.

Fears of Russian staged referendum in Kherson

Fears have mounted of a staged Russian referendum taking place in the southern occupied city of Kherson. Concerns over possible plans for a referendum come as the UK’s defence ministry stated Russia is allegedly planning to do so as part of a bid to justify its invasion of the strategically important city. “The city is key to Russia’s objective of establishing a land bridge to Crimea and dominating southern Ukraine,” said the UK defence ministry in a statement on Monday.

Attempts underway to establish humanitarian routes out of Mariupol

Efforts are underway to establish humanitarian routes our of the southern port city of Mariupol. Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk indicated Kyiv will try to establish an evacuation corridor following failed attempts on Sunday, blaming Russian forces for not holding fire. The news comes amid fears of a renewed Russian assault on the remaining Ukrainian defenders holed up in the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol. Meanwhile, the OSCE has called for the release of its members alleged being detained in separatist-held territory in eastern Ukraine.

US officials travel to Kyiv

Two high-level US government officials, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, reportedly travelled to Kyiv over the weekend to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy amid the ongoing war in Ukraine. The visit took place on Sunday, with Blinken and Austin meeting Zelenskyy and other Ukrainian officials for the talks. The visit is the highest-level one by US officials to Ukraine to take place since the Russian invasion began, and was only confirmed once Blinken and Austin had left Ukrainian territory due to security concerns. The US has pledged $700m in additional military aid to Ukraine

Russian strikes kill eight in Odesa

Ukrainian officials said that at least eight people have been killed in Russian strikes in the southern port city of Odesa. President Volodymyr Zelensky said the attacks showed the "barbarism" of the Russian army. “It will be in history books. Little kids will stand up and tell their teachers where racism began, and who won in the war against this terrible thing,” he said at a press conference in Kyiv. Odesa has largely avoided the worst of the Russian strikes since their invasion began in February.

Russian shelling kills one in Barvinkove

Russian shelling has reportedly killed at least one person in the central-eastern city of Barvinkove, in the Kharkiv region on Friday. Local reports claim the fatality was incurred amid shelling which hit several civilian residential properties in Barvinkove. The alleged shelling left several buildings damaged. Further details have yet to be confirmed.

Missiles strike Zaporizhzhia

A series of two missile strikes have apparently hit Zaporizhzhia. The strikes reportedly occurred on Thursday afternoon in the Khortytsia Island area. The first missile allegedly hit shortly before 13:00 local time, followed by a second strike within the hour. Regional authorities have reported details of the strikes, including casualty figures, claiming at least eight people were injured. The figure has not been independently confirmed.

Two civilians killed in Kharkiv shelling

Two civilians have reportedly been killed amid shelling in the city of Kharkiv. The pair allegedly died after shelling hit their car in the Kyivskyi district of Kharkiv on Thursday. Russian officials have not commented on the alleged civilian deaths, which were reported by local emergency care authorities in Kharkiv, which continues to be shelled by Russian forces on a regular basis.

Military plane crashed in Zaporizhzhia

A military AN-26 type plane has apparently crashed in the Zaporizhzhia region of Ukraine. Reports on Friday state that the plane came down in the Vil'nyans'k district whilst conducting a technical flight operation. Casualties have been reported, although no precise number has been confirmed thus far. The precise circumstances and cause of the crash have yet to be determined.

Russian troops advancing towards Rubizhne

Russian troops are said to be advancing towards the eastern city of Rubizhne, just outside of Severodonetsk in Luhansk. According to Ukrainian military sources, Moscow hopes to capture Rubizhne in order to launch a new offensive in the direction of Zavody, in the neighbouring Kharkiv region, using battalions already based in the nearby city of Izyum.

No humanitarian corridors announced

No new humanitarian corridors have been announced in Ukraine for besieged cities on Friday. Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk stated that no safe civilian evacuation routes had been agreed due to a heightened risk of danger along routes. In a statement, the deputy PM urged those waiting for evacuation for be patient and hold on.

Luhansk shelling injures four

Recent shelling in the Luhansk region has allegedly injured at least four civilians overnight. The latest Russian shelling is reported to have fallen near the Lusuchans'k, Popasna, Rubizhne, and Severodonetsk areas. At least seven civilian residential properties have reportedly been damaged amid the shelling, which has been confirmed by regional administrative authorities, although Russia has not commented on the latest accusations.

Evidence of Mariupol mass graves emerges

New evidence has emerged of mass graves having been dug near the besieged city of Mariupol. A mass burial site containing about 200 graves has apparently been identified in recent satellite imagery of areas west of Mariupol. The expansion of graves at the site in Manhush reportedly began at the end of March. Ukrainian sources have accused Russia of burying civilians there. Moscow hasn't responded to the claims.

Russian troops to mobilise Kherson residents

Russian troops are reported to be aiming to mobilising the local population in the southern city of Kherson. According to Ukrainian military sources, Moscow plans to "forcibly mobilise" residents of the occupied city to fight for Russia. The claim comes on Thursday as US intelligence suggests Russia secured only marginal gains amid continued assaults on the nearby south-eastern city of Mariupol on Wednesday.

Urgent evacuation needed in Mariupol

Urgent evacuation efforts are reportedly needed from Mariupol's Azovstal metal works plant. Officials in Kyiv are calling for a humanitarian corridor to be opened with immediate effect to allow civilians and wounded fighters to be evacuated from the steel plant, where they are said to remain trapped with low food, water, and essential medicine supplies.

Kyiv police find mass civilian graves

Police in Kyiv have found evidence of two mass graves in the outskirts of the capital. Regional authorities indicate two mass graves with nine bodies were found in Borodyanka, north-west of the capital. The deceased have been described as "civilians killed by the Russian occupants". The discovery comes amid continued investigations into allegations of war crimes and civilian mass killings by Russian troops in the areas surrounding Kyiv.

Danish, Spanish PMs to meet Zelenskyy in Kyiv

The Danish and Spanish prime ministers are set to meet with their Ukrainian counter part, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv on Thursday. Both leaders are said to have arrived safely in the Ukrainian capital, with aims to discuss the current war situation in the country, as well as scope for their support for the prosecution of Russian war crimes and rights violations amid the invasion.

Russian forces advance on Kramatorsk

Russian forces are understood to be advancing towards the eastern city of Kramatorsk. UK intelligence suggests Russian troops are advancing on the city whilst simultaneously continuing "high levels" of air attacks throughout the eastern region. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called Russia's offensive a "maximally cruel" one in the south and east of the country.

No major Russian progress in eastern Ukraine

No major Russian progress or advances have been reported amid heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine as Russian forces carry out their full-scale offensive in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. Sources on the ground indicate Moscow failed to secure any major breakthroughs in its offensive throughout Wednesday. Authorities in Moscow claim the Russian forces had secured "minor gains" over the last 24 hours, including in some areas of small frontline settlements.

Putin orders troops to hold off Mariupol steel plant

Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly ordered Russian troops not to storm the last Mariupol defence forces holding out in the Azovstal steel plant. The last group of Ukrainian fighters have been holed up in the plant and have ignored several deadlines issued by Moscow to surrender amid the continued siege of the city. Instead, Putin has reportedly ordered Russian forces to seal up the plant to prevent those inside from escaping. Meanwhile, Moscow has claimed control of the port city.

Mykolaiv broadcaster under attack

A public broadcaster in Mykolaiv has apparently come under attack amid recent shelling by the Russian forces in Ukraine. It's claimed the building of Ukrainian public broadcaster, Suspilne - located on Central Avenue - was hit on Wednesday after coming under fire from a rocket attack overnight. No casualties have been reported in connection with the alleged strike.

Donetsk shelling injures one

Recent shelling in the eastern city of Donetsk has apparently left at least one person injured. It's claimed the shelling was fired on Thursday morning, shortly after 06:00 local time, landing in the Petrovs'skyi district of the city. The Russian-backed separatist Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) forces have claimed the shelling was fired by the Ukrainian security forces.

Mariupol surrender deadline passes

Another deadline has passed for Ukrainian troops holed up in a metal plant in Mariupol to surrender. Russia issued an 11:00 GMT deadline to the last Ukrainian forces in Mariupol, to lay down their weapons. The deadline has now passed with no sign of surrender. Russia claims control of most of the city, with the final Ukrainian defenders based at the Azovstal steel plant, where a marine commander in the complex has said his troops will not surrender as he pleaded for international assistance.

Mariupol mayor urges residents to evacuate

The Mayor of Mariupol, Vadim Boychenko, has urged residents to evacuate the city via humanitarian corridors between Mariupol and Zaporizhzhia. The corridors opened at 14:00 local time on Wednesday, with civilians able to board buses on Taganrogskaya Street, which will then stop near the Azovstal steel plant before taking passengers out of the city.

Russia claims over 1,000 Ukrainian military targets hit

Russia's Ministry of Defence claims its forces have hit more than 1,000 Ukrainian military facilities overnight. The defence ministry claimed to have hit 1,053 targets, destroying 106 artillery firing positions. It's also claimed the Russian forces shot down six Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles. Among 73 Ukrainian military assets allegedly hit, include four command posts, various manpower and military equipment, seven strong points, four ammunition depots, six tanks, and nine armoured vehicles.

Ukrainian forces tie down Russian forces in Mariupol

Ukrainian forces defending the besieged city of Mariupol are said to have successfully tied down thousands of Russian troops who would have otherwise been redeployed to the main offensive in the eastern Donbas region. It's claimed the drawn-out and prolonged defence of Mariupol has made a significant contribution to Ukraine's war effort, even if the city is eventually taken. It's widely expected that the seizure of Mariupol could further Russia's objectives in the south-east and could enable Russian forces to move on to attack Odesa.

EU Council chief arrives in Kyiv

The chief of the EU's European Council, Charles Michel, has reportedly arrived in the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv on Wednesday morning. The surprise visit was confirmed by Michel in a Tweet, as he described his trip as being in the interests of "a free and democratic Europe". Ukraine’s deputy prime minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration is understood to have welcomed Michel to Kyiv.

Kyiv calls Russian attempt to storm eastern towns unsuccessful

Ukrainian military officials in Kyiv have called Moscow's attempt to storm several towns in eastern Ukraine unsuccessful on Wednesday. The Ukrainian General Staff of the Armed Forces released a statement claiming Russsia had staged failed attempts to storm the towns of Rubizhne and Sievierodonetsk in Luhansk, leaving some 130 Ukrainian soldiers injured. Further Russian attacks have also been reported near the small town of Izyum in Kharkiv, while heavy fighting has been reported around Kreminna, Popasna, Torske, Marinka, and Zelena Dolyna.

Preliminary agreements reached for Mariupol evacuation routes

Preliminary agreements have reportedly been reached for humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians out of Mariupol. “We have managed to get a preliminary agreement on a humanitarian corridor for women, children and elderly persons,” said Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk on Wednesday morning. It's hoped some 6,000 people can be evacuated on 90 buses.

Shelling hits Novodruzhes'k, Luhansk

Russian shelling has reportedly landed in Novodruzhes'k in Luhansk on Wednesday, causing significant damage to multiple buildings and a gas supply pipeline. The shelling is alleged to have hit affected areas during the early hours of the morning. There have been no immediate reports of casualties associated with the strikes, details of which have been reported by Ukrainian regional officials.

No civilian evacuations for third consecutive day

No civilian evacuation routes or humanitarian corridors have been agreed in Ukraine for a third consecutive day. Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk stated on Tuesday that there had been no agreement from the Russian side, meaning Kyiv was unable to establish safe evacuation routes for besieged cities.

Three killed in Kharkiv shelling

Three people have been killed and another 16 people have also been wounded amid shelling in the city of Kharkiv on Tuesday. The city's mayor, Ihor Terekhov, said the Russian offensive is advancing from that north, but that he is confident the Ukrainian forces can continue to defend Kharkiv by repelling Russian attacks.

Attacks reported along 300-mile front in Donbas

Russian attacks continue to target a 300-mile-long front in the eastern Donbas region as part of a major renewed offensive as Russian troops concentrate their efforts on taking control of the region. According to Ukrainian military officials, Moscow has tried to break though the Ukrainian defence along almost the entire stretch of the frontline since launching their offensive on Monday. So far, Russian advances have only been reported in the eastern town of Kreminna, Luhansk, which Moscow claims to have taken control of.

Donbas targets hit overnight

Missile and artillery strikes have hit over 1,200 targets in Ukraine overnight, including "high-precision air-based missile" attacks on 13 Ukrainian defensive positions in Donbas. The town of Slovyansk is amongst those hit by such attacks, while another 60 airstrikes have also hit 60 military assets, including in towns near the eastern frontline. Meanwhile Russian sources claim Russian anti-aircraft forces downed a Ukrainian MiG-29 jet in Donetsk.

Final Ukrainian holdout in Mariupol stormed

Russian special forces are storming Mariupol's Azovstal metal works plant, where the final Ukrainian forces were holding out. The storming of the plant comes after Russia called on the Ukrainian forces there to surrender by noon Moscow time. The assault on the plant is being led by Russian-backed separatists, who have denied Ukrainian reports that civilians are also hiding in the plant. The city has been besieged since early March, with thousands of civilians thought to have died.

Ukrainian forces repel attacks in Rubizhne

Ukrainian forces have apparently been repelling Russian military attacks in the Rubizhne and Popasna areas of Luhansk. The Russian forces are said to have been launching overnight attacks on both areas since the beginning of Moscow's renewed offensive in the eastern Donbas region on Monday. Regional officials in Luhansk indicate attacks in Rubizhne and Popasna have been successfully repelled so far and claim the Russian side have suffered dozens of casualties, although no casualty figures have been independently confirmed.

Shelling reported in Dnipro region

Shelling and rocket attacks have allegedly been reported in the central Dnipro region on Tuesday. The strikes apparently hit parts of the Kryvyi Rih area overnight, with Russian forces reported firing Grad rockets and artillery shells according to regional military authorities. Strikes were reported in the villages of Zelenodolsk, Maryanske, and Velyka Kostromka, although no casualties have immediately been reported on Tuesday.

Russian offensive launched in Donbas

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has stated that Russia's large-scale offensive in the eastern Donbas region has begun. "We can now confirm that Russian troops have begun the battle for the Donbas, which they have been preparing for a long time", said Zelenskyy on Monday. The statement comes hours after the secretary of Ukraine's National Security Council said Moscow tried to break through defences in the Donetsk, Luhansk, and Kharkiv regions, and after several cities were bombarded by missile attacks earlier on Monday, killing 17 people. More than 4.9 million Ukrainians have now fled the country.

Missile strikes hit western cities

Several western cities have bene hit by major missile strikes within the last 13 hours, with at least seven fatalities reported in the city of Lviv after four rockets hit military facilities and a car tyre service point. Blasts have also been reported in the capital Kyiv, while the northern city of Kharkiv and the southern city of Mykolaiv have also been targeted. The strikes come as Moscow prepares to blovk access to the beseiged sputhern port city of Mariupol after Ukrainian troops there ignored a Russian deadline to surrender on Sunday.

Russian forces to target Kramatorsk and Kostiantynivka

Russian forces are thought likely to ramp up indiscriminate attacks targeting the eastern towns of Kramatorsk and Kostiantynivka in Donetsk as Russian troops prepare for a major renewed offensive in the region. The towns are located in a disputed area of Donetsk where Russian forces have been striking with increased intensity. Earlier this month, a rocket attack hit Kramatorsk train station, killing dozens of civilians and disrupting evacuation efforts.

Blast heard at Chornobaivka airfield

An explosion has been heard at the Chornobaivka airfield in Kherson. Reports and videos have surfaced online of an apparent explosion at the airfield. The reports have not yet been verified and the nature of the blast in the videos remains unclear.

Evacuations restarting after halt

Ukraine has said it is restarting evacuations via humanitarian corridors after a halt in operations due to increased insecurity amid heavy fighting with Russian forces. The reopening comes after a day-long pause, which Kyiv attributed to Russian violations. Nine routes in the east and south of the country will be operating on Thursday.

Three killed amid Kharkiv shelling

Three fatalities and four casualties have been reported amid recent shelling in Kharkiv. It's understood the shelling was fired by Russian forces and fell in the Nemyshlyanskyi area on Wednesday.

Kyiv disputes Russian claim in Mariupol

Ukrainian officials have disputed a recent claim by the Russian defence ministry that Russian forces gained full control of Mariupol after more than 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers allegedly surrendered on Wednesday. Ukraine's defence ministry issued a statement rejecting the claim and saying it has no information on any alleged surrender, but that a number of troops were redeployed in the area, where Ukrainian forces report they continue to hold defensive positions.

Four civilians killed in Kharkiv shelling

At least four Ukrainian civilians have apparently been killed amid recent shelling in the city of Kharkiv on Wednesday. The shelling allegedly struck the Saltivka area, as well as the Zhukovsky area over the last 24 hours. While four civilian deaths have been reported, another 10 others have also been injured as a result of the shelling.

District council deputy held by Russian troops in Skadovs'k

A local district council deputy has allegedly been taken by Russian troops and is being held in an unspecified location. The individual was reportedly taken from the Skadovs'k area of the Kherson region on Thursday. The alleged detention of the local official has been reported by the regional council deputy, but has yet to be independently confirmed.

Russian vessel hit by blast in Black Sea

A Russian vessel has reportedly been hit by a large explosion in the Black Sea, prompting the evacuation of the ship. Ukrainian officials in Odesa claim to have hit the vessel with rockets. The warship is understood to the the flagship vessel of the Russian fleet, Moskva, and is said to be seriously damaged. Russia has confirmed damage to the ship and the evacuation of the crew due to fire, but has said it is investigating the cause. The ship has since capsized.

Russian shelling lands in Cherkas'ke

Russian shelling has reportedly landed in the Cherkas'ke area of the Donetsk region. At least seven people are said to have been injured amid the shelling, which apparently occurred on Wednesday morning. Local authorities have reported the casualties, although no further details have been confirmed.

Dnipro official claims 1,500 Russian troops dead

A Dnipro official has claimed that at least 1,500 Russian soldiers have been killed in the area amid recent fighting. Deputy Mayor Mikhail Lysenko stated on Wednesday that more than 1,500 Russian soldiers had allegedly been killed and that their bodies were now being kept in the city's morgues. Lysenko added that no effort had been made thus far by the Russian side to retrieve the bodies.

Kyiv accuses Russia of phosphorus bomb use

Officials in Kyiv has again reiterated claims that the Russian forces have been using banned phosphorus bombs amid fighting. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made the claims again on Wednesday whilst addressing the Estonian parliament, calling alleged use of the bombs "terror tactics" against civilians. No evidence has been provided to support the claim - a charge which Moscow denies.

Seven killed in Kharkiv shelling

At least seven fatalities have been reported amid recent shelling in the eastern city of Kharkiv. While seven people have bee killed, another 22 others have also been wounded by Russian shelling over the last 24 hours. A two-year-old boy is reported to be among those killed in the shelling. Regional governor Oleh Sinegubov has alleged that a total of 53 artillery and rocket attacks have been carried out on the city in the past day.

Polish and Baltic presidents en route to Kyiv for talks

The presidents of Poland and three Baltic states are said to be en route to the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv for talks with their Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Polish President Andrzej Duda is to be accompanied in Kyiv by the presidents of Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania. The visit comes shortly after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Kyiv over the weekend.

Russia alleges Ukrainian troops surrenders in Mariupol

Russian forces claim that over a thousand Ukrainian troops have allegedly surrendered in the besieged port city of Mariupol. It's claimed some 1,024 Ukrainian armed forces soldiers have apparently handed themselves over to the Russian forces as they continue to assault the city. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as refuted the claim, saying the city is still standing and remains in Ukrainian control, with the marines in question having joined another battalion. It's estimated that around 21,000 civilians have died in Mariupol and around 100,000 still await evacuation.

One killed in Novodruzhesk shelling

A person has apparently been confirmed dead following recent shelling in the Novodruzhesk area of Luhansk. The person was reportedly killed by Russian shelling on Tuesday, according to local authorities. Other areas in the region to also be hit by Russian fire include the Kreminna, Rubizhne, and Severodonetsk areas. In total, some 17 residential properties are said to have been destroyed.

Missile strike targets infrastructire in Zhytomyr

A Russian missile strike has allegedly targeted a infrastructure facility in the Zhytomyr region. The strike apparently took place on Tuesday evening, hitting an unidentified facility in Chudniv. There have been no immediate reports of any casualties. Regional authorities have reported the strike, but not given any further details, including the nature of the facility. 

Russian forces target central Ukraine rail network

Russian forces are alleged to be targeted the rail infrastructure in central Ukraine. It's claimed that a railway station in an unspecified location in central Ukraine was targeted by a Russian strike during the early hours of Wednesday morning. While no casualties have been reported in association with the apparent attack, it's claimed up to 17 train routes have been rescheduled or diverted due to the incident, severely impacting evacuation efforts out of eastern Ukraine.

Six attacks repelled in Donbas

Six Russian military attacks have reportedly been repelled in the eastern Donbas region. Ukrainian forces claim to have defended six recent attacks in the Donetsk and Luhansk areas within the last 12 hours. No casualties have immediately been reported. The eastern city of Kharkiv also continues to be bombarded while a partial blockade remains in place.

Mariupol mayor says 21,000 killed

The mayor of the besieged southern port city of Mariupol has stated that around 21,000 civilians are estimated to have been killed in the city so far, since the beginning of Russia's military assault on it. Meanwhile, around 100,000 people are said to still be awaiting evacuation in the city. The figures come as the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has expressed concern over unconfirmed reports of potential chemical weapon usage by Russian forces in the city.

Military build-up continues in Donbas

Military build-up by both the Ukrainian forces and the Russian forces has continued in the eastern region of Donbas as Russia shifts the focus of its main military offensive in Ukraine. Moscow is understood to be sending in new battalions, while Ukraine is also deploying reinforcements. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said Russia is amassing tens of thousands of soldiers. Western officials have described the coming period as "crucial" for Ukraine.

Seven found dead amid Borodyanka rubble

The bodies of seven people have been discovered amid rubble in the town of Borodyanka, near Kyiv. The bodies were found in the rubble of two destroyed high-rise apartment buildings on Monday. Large rescue teams have been searching the site for missing residents the area was retaken by Ukrainian forces. So far, a total of 19 bodies have been found.

Kyiv investigating 5,800 cases of war crimes

Ukraine is said to be investigating some 5,800 alleged cases of Russian war crimes. Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Venediktova stated that Ukraine has identified more than 500 suspects amid the probe, including Russian politicians, military personnel, and suspected propaganda agents.

Reports emerge of Russian chemical weapon usage in Mariupol

Reports have emerged of suspected chemical weapon usage by Russian forces in Ukraine amid the ongoing war there. US officials have expressed alarm in response to reports of Russia's alleged use of chemical weapons in the southern city of Mariupol, saying reports reflect previous concerns voiced over Russian potential to use "riot control agents, including tear gas mixed chemical agents" in Ukraine.

Half of Ukraine laden with mines

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy has stated that around half of the country is believed to have been mined following almost seven weeks of war with the Russian forces. Zelenskyy described Ukraine as one of the areas most contaminated by mines worldwide, claiming the Russian troops to have left behind hundreds of thousands of "dangerous objects", including unexploded shells, land mines, and tripwire mines in streets, fields, houses, and cars.

Rights groups accuse Russian troops of rape

Rights groups have accused Russian soldiers of using rape as a weapon of war. A Ukraine rights group has appealed to the UN, detailing cases involving Ukrainian civilian women and girls who have allegedly been assaulted by Russian soldiers. Sima Bahous - executive director of UN Women - has also said her agency is increasingly hearing reports of rape and sexual violence in Ukraine. Bahous stated that the risk of human trafficking, especially of young women and unaccompanied teenagers, has become a rising concern.

Russian shelling kills one in Luhansk

Recent shelling from the Russian forces has reportedly killed at least one civilian and injured three others in the Lysychans'k area of the eastern Luhansk region. Other areas to report recent shelling strikes over the last 24 hours include Severodonetsk, Kremina, Novodruzhesk, and Rubizhne. Over a dozen residential properties are said to have been destroyed throughout affected areas.

Three die amid Donetsk shelling

Three fatalities have been reported amid recent shelling in the eastern Donetsk region of Ukraine. The deaths were allegedly incurred amid Russian shelling in the Mykhailivka, Krasnohorivka, and Vuhledar areas of Donetsk on Monday. While three people have been confirmed dead, another eight others were also apparently injured.

Key Kyiv river crossing restored

A key river crossing across the River Irpin near Kyiv has reportedly been restored. The Romanivka bridge was among several to be deliberately demolished by Ukrainian forces as they attempted to halt the Russian advance on Kyiv. The temporary bulk bridge foes around the original dual carriageway structure and took five days of non-stop construction to complete.

Increased shelling reported in eastern Ukraine

An increase in shelling by Russian forces has been reported in parts of eastern Ukraine, where intense fighting has been taking place for almost seven weeks since the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned that the next four to five days are going to be crucial in the eastern region amid an expected renewed assault by Russian forces. Kyiv has stated that it expects a major Russian offensive in the region soon as tens of thousands of troops are moved to the area in preparation.

Warnings of possible phosphorus use in Mariupol

Warnings have surfaced from UK defence officials of possible use of phosphorus munitions by Russian forces in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol. The warning has come on Monday as fighting has intensified in the besieged city. The UK defence ministry also noted that Russian has continued to shell the Donetsk and Luhansk regions as Ukrainian forces repulse multiple assaults. Russia is also said to have been using unguided bombs, which decreased their ability to discriminate between targets and increases the risk of civilian casualties. Ukrainian forces are reported to be preparing for a "last battle" for Mariupol.

Over 2,800 evacuated via humanitarian corridors

More than 2,800 people have recently been evacuated from besieged Ukrainian cities via humanitarian corridors. According to the latest statement from Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk, a total of 2,824 people were evacuated over the course of Sunday, including 213 residents from the southern port city of Mariupol.

Russian troops blockage Kharkiv

Russian troops have continued to impose a partial blockade on the north-eastern city of Kharkiv. Shelling continues to be reported throughout parts of the city. On Monday morning, the bodies of six people were uncovered by rescue teams - all six are believed to have been killed amid Russian shelling. A series of powerful explosions were also heard in the city.

Russia likely to conduct provocative actions in Moldova

The Ukrainian military has issued a warning to neighbouring Moldova over the apparent likelihood of Russia carrying out 'provocative actions' in Moldova. The Ukrainian armed forces have said Russian forces could carry out "provocative actions" in the Transnistria region of the breakaway state of Moldova in order to accuse Ukraine of aggression against a neighbouring state. The claim is the latest to be exchanged in a series of similar such claims of staged military atrocities between Ukraine and Russia.

Missile hits Kramatorsk train station killing dozens

A missile strike has hit a packed railway station in Kramatorsk, killing dozens of civilians on Friday. Latest reports suggest more than 30 people have been killed and over 100 others have been injured amid a twin Russian rocket strike. The station was one of the easternmost still operating and has been key to evacuation efforts. It's feared thousands of civilians were at the station at the time. 

Russian shelling hits Kharkiv

Russian shelling has fallen in the city of Kharkiv, killing at least one civilians and injuring another 14. The shelling reportedly hit Kharkiv on Thursday, striking locations in the Oleksiyivka and Saltivka areas in the outskirts of the city. Regional authorities reported details of the shelling and alleged casualties; however, reports have not been independently confirmed.

German report indicates Russian troops discussed Bucha killings

A German report claims to have intercepted messages from the Russian forces in which Russian troops are allegedly heard discussing killing Ukrainian civilians in the town of Bucha. The messages were apparently intercepted by German intelligence, with the context appearing to match locations where bodies were found near Kyiv, Ukraine claims more than 300 civilians were slain by Russian troops in Bucha, in actions allegedly amounting to war crimes, although Moscow has denied any involvement.

EU officials en route to Kyiv

Two top EU officials are reported to be en route to the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Vice-President Josep Borrel Fontelles - who also fills the role of High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy - are due to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy later on Friday for key talks amid the country's ongoing war with Russia.

Kyiv dismisses Russian criticism of draft peace deal

Kyiv has dismissed recent Russian criticism of a draft peace deal presented by Ukraine, rejecting suggestions from Moscow that the deal deviated too far from the original proposals both sides had agreed on. Ukraine has labelled Russia's criticism as 'propaganda', with key negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak describing critical remarks by Russian foreign minister as "of purely propagandistic significance". Podolyak also accused Moscow of aiming to divert attention away from war crime atrocities by Russian forces in the Ukrainian town of Bucha.

Ten humanitarian corridors announced

Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, Iryna Vereshchuk, has released a statement on Thursday saying Kyiv aims to evacuate civilians from several regions in the country’s south and east via 10 humanitarian corridors after apparently agreeing routes with Russia. Civilians from the Donetsk, Luhansk, and Zaporizhzhia regions will be evacuated to the cities of Zaporizhzhia and Bakhmut. Those fleeing Mariupol will have to do so in their own vehicles.

Ukrainian forces down Russian rocket in Sumy

Ukrainian forces claim to have downed a Russian rockets in the Sumy region. It's alleged that the rocket was shot down in the Lypova Dolyna area of Sumy on Wednesday. Unconfirmed reports suggest the rocket's trajectory indicated its intended target was in the central Poltava region.

Artillery strikes continue in Donbas

Artillery strikes have continued to be reported along the frontline in the eastern Donbas region. Russian artillery and airstrikes have targeted Ukrainian defensive positions in the region throughout the last 24 hours. News of the strikes comes as the UK ministry of described has described the main focus of the Russian forces as "progressing offensive operations in eastern Ukraine".

Russia claims destruction of four fuel storage facilities in Ukraine

Russian defence officials claim to have destroyed four fuel storage facilities in four Ukrainian cities in overnight missile strikes by the Russian forces. It's alleged that the facilities were based in the cities of Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, and Chuhuiv and were apparently used by Ukraine to supply its troops stationed near the cities and in the Donbas region. 

Foreign Minister asks NATO for weapons

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has asked NATO to send weaponry amid its war with Russia. Kuleba called on NATO members to provide all the weaponry Kyiv needs to fight Moscow, describing his current agenda as "weapons, weapons, and weapons". The call comes ahead of a scheduled NATO meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday.

Four killed in Vuhledar shelling

At least four people have allegedly died amid shelling in the city of Vuhledar in the eastern region of Donetsk. The deaths have been reported by the regional governor, Pavlo Kyrylenko, who indicated on Thursday morning that another four people had also been injured in the Russian shelling. A fifth civilian is also said to have died in the nearby settlement of Ocheretyne.

Russian Kyiv withdrawal said to be complete

US military officials have stated that the Russian troop withdrawal from areas around the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv appears to be complete. It's understood that, after pulling back from areas around the capital , Russian troops are now being resupplied as they regroup to focus on the east of Ukraine. Thousands of residents in eastern Ukraine have been urged to leave cities in the area ahead of an expected Russian offensive.

Bucha mayor claims 320 shot dead

The mayor of Bucha, Anatoliy Fedoruk, has made further allegations of war crimes by Russian forces in his town, claiming at least 320 peaceful civilians are thought to have been shot dead by Russian troops. Fedoruk claims to have witnesses a number of civilian shootings himself whilst he was in hiding during the Russian occupation of the town. Russia has continued to deny that its forces conducted war crimes in Bucha.

Russian forces in control of most of Rubizhne

Regional authorities in Luhansk indicate that the town of Rubizhne is mostly under Russian control. It's believed Russian troops occupy around 60 percent of the town, which has been heavily shelled by Russian forces, with over 80 mortar, artillery, and rocket strikes counted within the last 24 hours alone.

Shelling reported in Severodonetsk

Heavy shelling has allegedly been reported in the Severodonetsk area of Luhansk over the last 24 hours. Russian shelling is said to have struck at least 10 buildings in the area according to regional authorities. No details concerning any possible casualty figures associated with the strike have been reported thus far.

Fresh Mariupol evacuation attempt announced

Kyiv has announced a fresh attempt to evacuate Ukrainian citizens from the besieged south-eastern port city of Mariupol. Ukraine aims to evacuate civilians trapped in the city via 11 humanitarian corridors; however, those fleeing will have to use private vehicles. Meanwhile, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) stated on Wednesday that a team has led a convoy of buses and private cars carrying more than 500 people from Mariupol to Zaporizhzhia.

Donetsk shelling kills two

Recent shelling in the eastern Donetsk region has reportedly killed at least two people and injured a third. The shelling comes amid intense fighting between the Ukrainian and Russian forces as Russia prepares to double down on its offensive in the region. Further details concerning the casualties have not been verified.

President accuses Russia of using hunger as a war weapon

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russia of using hunger and food shortages as a weapon amid the war in Ukraine. Speaking to the Irish Parliament on Wednesday, Zelenskyy claimed Russian missile strikes were deliberately targeting people's livelihoods, while Russian forces had blocked all of Ukraine's sea ports. 

Luhansk humanitarian corridors to open

Humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians out of Luhansk are set to be opened today, according to a recent statement from deputy prime minister Iryna Vereshchuk. The deputy PM has indicated she aims for 11 corridors to open, including five in the Luhansk regions, where a major Russian offensive is expected to launch in the next few days. These corridors will take civilians west from Sievierodonetsk, Lysychansk, Popasna, Rubizhne, and Hirske to the town of Bakhmut.

Thousands flee eastern Ukraine

Thousands of people living in the eastern Donbas region have been fleeing their homes and travelling west in a bid to escape as Russia steps up its push for eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian troops are said to be manning check points on all roads in and out of the region for the time being and have prepared defensive positions. Russian forces now occupy most of Luhansk and more than half of Donetsk.

Civilian vessel in Mariupol hit by strike

A civilian vessel near the port of Mariupol has allegedly been hit by a Russian missile strike. The Dominican Republic-flagged civilian vessel was reportedly sailing in waters off the besieged city when it was struck on Tuesday. At least one person is said to have been injured.

President accuses Hungary of geopolitical indecision

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on Hungary's recently re-elected Prime Minister Viktor Orban to pick a side amid the war in Ukraine. Zelenskyy stated Orban will have to choose between Moscow and the “other world” after his election victory on Sunday, and accused Orban of fearing Russian influence, having maintained close ties with Moscow for many years.

Evidence of civilians tortured found in Sumy

Evidence has reportedly been uncovered of civilians having allegedly been tortured and killed by Russian forces in the Sumy region. Local officials claim that at least three civilian corpses have been found in the Konotop area of Sumy, showing signs of torture. The bodies were found where Russian troops had occupied territory before withdrawing within the last few days.

Ukrainian forces retake key northern areas

The Ukrainian forces have allegedly retaken key territory in the north of the country. Low-level fighting is expected to continue in some parts of newly recaptures areas but could diminish significantly over the next few days as Russian forces continue to withdraw from northern Ukraine. These units are likely to need significant re-equipping and refurbishment before being redeployed to eastern Ukraine.

Red Cross workers released from Mariupol detention

A team working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have reportedly been released from detention near the southern besieged city of Mariupol. The ICRC workers were apparently held by police in the Russian-held town of Manhush having been attempting for several days to reach Mariupol to deliver aid and help evacuate civilians. The ICRC is understood to have returned to Zaporizhzhia. It remains unclear if missions to Mariupol will continue.

Kharkiv braces for more attacks

The north-eastern city of Kharkiv has braced for further Russian attacks on Tuesday as Ukrainian officials warn that Russian forces are believed to be preparing to seize the city. Ukrainian troops are said to be holding their positions and have managed to push invading soldiers back so far. Oleg Sinegubov, the governor of Kharkiv region, said on Tuesday morning that “currently our armed forces are holding their positions, and in some directions we are pushing the enemy out of Kharkiv’s towns (but) the situation is changing by the hour".

High-level talks held with China

Chinese and Ukrainian foreign ministers have held high-level talks over the phone. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi reportedly spoke with his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, on Monday, in a phone call which was apparently made at Ukraine's request. The conversations is the first reported high-level talks between the two countries since 1 March, when Kuleba asked Wang to use Beijing's ties with Russia to stop the invasion of Ukraine. In latest talks, Wang reportedly urged further peace negotiations to end the conflict.

Cluster munitions used in Mykolaiv

Cluster munitions have allegedly been used in civilian areas of Mykolaiv by the Russian forces. Mykolaiv's mayor, Oleksandr Senkevych, claims cluster munitions are being used in the city, despite having no real military value. He claims the munitions are being used with the intention of spreading panic ahead of a planned Russian ground operation. Civilians have been urged to evacuate the city to limit casualties.

Mayor urges Kyiv residents not to return

The Mayor of Kyiv Vitaliy Klitschko has urged residents of the capital city not to return yet following the withdrawal of Russian troops from surrounding areas. Klitschko warned evacuated residents to wait several more days before returning, warning their route back could be unsafe. “Firstly, there is currently a round-the-clock curfew in [the] Kyiv region. Secondly, in certain … towns near Kyiv, its likely that Russian occupiers left landmines, and there are (likely) a lot of unexploded munitions,” Klitschko said.

Mariupol mayor says city almost totally destroyed

Mariupol mayor Vadym Boichenko has stated on Monday that much of the besieged southern port city is almost totally destroyed. “The sad news is that 90 percent of the infrastructure in the city is destroyed and 40 percent is unrecoverable,” said Boichenko. The statement comes after weeks of relentless Russian bombardment. An estimated 130,000 people remain trapped in the city, with no power and dwindling food and water supplies.

President visits Bucha

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has visited the town of Bucha near Kyiv, where evidence of mass civilian killings by recently withdrawn Russian forces has emerged, drawing international condemnation. Zelenskyy stated during his visit on Monday that Russia had carried out war crimes and genocide, echoing the sentiments of other European leaders, including his Polish and French counterparts - both of whom have called for tougher sanctions on Russia. The Kremlin has denied the killings. Ukrainian authorities claim the bodies of 410 civilians have been found in areas around Kyiv so far, although this figure has not been independently confirmed.

Further evidence of Bucha killings emerges

Further evidence of civilian killings in Bucha has emerged on Monday as journalists have reportedly come across a shallow grave containing at least four bodies in civilian clothing. Ukrainian officials have allegedly asserted many more mass graves have been located throughout areas surrounding Kyiv. Among those buried in the shallow grave is thought to be the head of a local village, along with her husband and son. 

Strikes reported in Mykolaiv

Suspected missile strikes have apparently been reported in Mykolaiv on Monday morning. Details of the alleged strikes have come from local authorities, who have claimed that the Russian-fired strikes have targeted unspecified parts of the city, which remains on the frontline between Russian advances and the defensive positions as Ukrainian forces continue to repel Russian attempts to seize the city. No casualties have immediately been reported.

Several killed in Kharkiv attack

Several people have reportedly been killed and dozens more have also been wounded amid Russian shelling in Kharkiv. Local sources claim at least seven fatalities have been reported, along with 34 casualties, including three children, following an attack on Sunday evening. At least 10 houses and a trolleybus depot are also said to have been damaged.

Russian forces withdrawing from Sumy

Russian forces are said to be withdrawing from more parts of the Sumy region. Regional governor Dmytro Zhyvytsky has reported on Monday that Ukrainian forces had pushed the Russian troops out of north-eastern Sumy, although a small deployment allegedly remains in the area. The reports have not been independently verified.

Missile strike hits Odessa

A missile strike which was fired by Russian forces has reportedly hit an unspecified target in the south-western Odessa region. Local sources claim the missile attack occurred overnight on Monday, sometime during the early hours of the morning. No immediate details concerning potential casualties or damage has been reported thus far.

Two killed in Luhansk shelling

At least two deaths have been reported amid Russian shelling in the Novodruzhes'k area of Luhansk. The deceased have apparently been identified as two members of Ukrainian volunteer forces, who died after being caught in Russian mortar fire on Sunday. The deaths have been confirmed by local authorities.

Multiple explosions reported in Odesa

There have been multiple reports of explosions in the southern Black Sea port of Odesa throughout Sunday. Several missiles were fired at oil installations in the city in the morning, while further explosions have been heard later in the day. Russia's defence ministry said it targeted a refinery and fuel storage facilities used to supply Ukrainian troops near Mykolaiv. Russian forces also destroyed an oil refinery in Kremenchuk on the Dnipro River in an attack on Saturday.

Claims of Russian massacre of civilians in Bucha

The bodies of at least 20 civilians have been discovered in the town of Bucha, just outside of Kyiv, sparking international condemnation as Ukraine accuses Russian forces of deliberate civilians massacres. Hundreds more civilian corpses are also alleged to have been found throughout other areas in the outskirts of the capital. News of the discovery in Bucha has triggered global calls for harsher sanctions to be imposed on Moscow, while NATO has reiterated the importance that the International Criminal Court conducts a thorough and diligent investigations into alleged war crimes in Ukraine by Russian forces.

Ukrainian forces retake Kyiv region

Ukrainian officials claim to have retaken the entire Kyiv region from Russian forces. The Hostomel airport outside the capital has been abandoned by Russian troops, while the towns of Irpin and Bucha are also now back under Ukrainian control. There have been multiple accounts of atrocities that have been uncovered after the Russian withdrawal, including a mass grave in Bucha containing at least 280 bodies. Authorities said they have found the body of photojournalist Maks Levin in the Huta-Mezhyhirska village near the capital. He had been missing since 13 March.

Russian troops accused of shelling protesters, Enerhodar

Russian troops have been accused of shelling a protest in the southern town of Enerhodar. Ukraine's state nuclear agency, Energoatom, said residents had gathered for a peaceful rally on Saturday morning before the area was targeted in the shelling. For people were reportedly wounded in the town, which houses Europe's largest nuclear plant.

Kyiv neither confirms or denies Russian depot strike

Ukraine has refused to either confirm or deny whether or not its forces were involved or responsible for a fire which recently broke out at a oil depot site in the Russian city of Belgorod, situation just north of the Ukraine-Russia border. Russia claims the fire is the result of strikes by Ukrainian military helicopters. If true, the strike would mark the first instance of conflict from the Ukraine-Russia war on Russian soil. Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba stated on Friday that he couldn't comment on the allegations as he was yet to obtain all the relevant military information, while Ukraine's defence ministry has declined to comment, instead issuing the following statement: "Ukraine is currently conducting a defensive operation against Russian aggression on the territory of Ukraine, and this does not mean that Ukraine is responsible for every catastrophe on Russia's territory".

Evidence of war crimes reported near Kyiv

Recently-discovered evidence has pointed towards war crimes being carried out near Kyiv. According to reports, footage has emerged online of Russian troops shooting a man with his hands up on a highway outside Kyiv at the beginning of March. The incident is believed to have taken place along a stretch of road between Mria and Myla, where recent reports describe multiple bodies left along the side of the road. At least two have been identified as Ukrainian civilians, while another two are wearing Ukrainian military uniforms.

Ukrainian forces retake villages near Chernihiv

Several villages between Chernihiv and Kyiv have allegedly been retaken by Ukrainian forces. It's understood the villages of Sloboda and Lukashivka, south of Chernihiv, are now under Ukrainian control. Both villages are situated along a main supply route between Chernihiv and Kyiv. Both cities have faced continued air and missile strikes despite Russian claims of reducing military activity. Ukrainian forces are reported to have made successful but limited counterattacks to the east and north-east of the capital.

Ukraine unable to get supplies to Mariupol

Ukrainian officials indicate they have been unable to get supplies into the besieged city of Mariupol, which remains closed for anyone trying to enter. Russian forces have allegedly been preventing any humanitarian supplies from reaching trapped residents since Thursday, with a planned humanitarian corridor also unable to open. Up to 170,000 residents are thought to be trapped in the city with no power and dwindling supplies.

Mykolaiv attack death toll climbs to 24

The death toll from a strike on a regional administration building in the southern city of Mykolaiv has now risen to 24 people. The strike on the administrative centre destroyed a large section of the centre of the building and rescue workers have reportedly been working non-stop as they search the debris for survivors. It's claimed Russian forces timed the strike for when dozens of employees had arrived for work before targeting the nine-storey building.

President warns of Donbas attacks

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned of an expected increase in major Russian attacks in the Donbas region, as Russian forces reportedly withdraw from northern battlegrounds to regroup for a coordinated offensive in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine claims Russia has handed over control of Chernobyl nuclear plant and move entire convoys of troops. Peace talks between the two sides are set to resume online on Friday.

Blast reported in Kyiv

A large explosion has allegedly been reported in the capital city of Kyiv on Thursday afternoon. According to recent reports, the blast was heard in the vicinity of central Kyiv. The cause of the explosion has yet to be confirmed but is thought likely to have been caused by Russian shelling. No casualties have been reported so far.

Ukrainian military facility struck by missile in Dnipro

A Ukrainian military facility in Dnipro has reportedly been hit by a missile strike on Thursday. Provisional reports indicate at least two fatalities have been incurred, while at least five other people are also thought to have been injured. Regional military administrative authorities appear to have confirmed reports of the missile strike, although casualty figures have not been independently verified and the exact location of the facility which was allegedly hit has not been reported thus far.

Vehicle hits landmine in Chuhuiv

Two fatalities have been reported and another five people have also been injured after a vehicle hit a landmine in Chuhuiv, Kharkiv. The incident allegedly occurred on Tuesday, when a vehicle triggered a buried landmine as it passed by. Local police officials have confirmed details of the incident, believed to have been caused by Russian explosives.

Evacuation convoy en route to Mariupol

A convoy of evacuation buses are reportedly en route to Mariupol in the south-east of Ukraine. The convoy apparently departed for besieged port city on Thursday morning with the aim of evacuating trapped civilians from the area. The development comes as Kyiv expresses fears the Russian offensive is gearing up to focus in the east of Ukraine.

Significant shelling continues in Chernihiv

Reports of significant Russian shelling continue to be reported from the northern city of Chernihiv on Thursday. The UK defence ministry has confirmed claims by local officials in Chernihiv, that shelling and missile strikes continue to target the city in a significant capacity, despite recent Russian promises to de-escalate attacks in the region.

Ukraine bracing for new Russian offensive

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy has stated that Ukraine is bracing for a new Russian offensive amid a noticeable build-up of Russian forces in the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk region. It's believed the size of forces being gathered in the Donbas area would be capable of carrying out major offensives and new strikes with the presumed intention of focusing Russia's military efforts to gain more ground in the region.

Kremlin says Mariupol shelling will end with surrender

The Kremlin has issued a statement saying the shelling of the besieged port city of Mariupol by Russian forces will only end when the city surrenders. It's been stated that Russian President Vladimir Putin told his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, that he saw no end in sight for the siege on Mariupol, unless it surrendered to Russian forces. Meanwhile, the French version of events claimed Putin had agreed to consider plans to evacuate civilians from the city. France - along with Greece, Turkey, and several humanitarian groups - is understood to have put forward a plan to evacuate the city to Putin.

Shelling reported along Donetsk frontline

Shelling has been reported along almost all cities situated near the frontline in the eastern region of Donetsk. Russian forces are allegedly shelling numerous urban and residential areas throughout the region, according to reports from local sources. Regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko stated he feared the situation will worsen as Russian forces concentrate their efforts in the region.

Lysychans'k residential areas targeted

Russian forces have reportedly targeted residential areas in the city of Lysychans'k in the eastern Luhansk region. Regional military authorities have claimed that shelling began at around 06:30 local time on Wednesday morning, targeting high-rise apartment buildings, which have been significantly destroyed. Information regarding casualties has yet to be confirmed; however, initial reports indicate an unspecified number of casualties have been reported.

No let-up in Chernihiv bombardment

Chernihiv's regional governor, Viacheslav Chaus, has released an update on Wednesday morning, saying there has been no let-up in attacks and bombardment by the Russian forces. The news comes despite a recent promise by Moscow to scale down military operations there. Attacks, including air strikes, have been carried out on the city of Nizhyn, while strikes allegedly hit the city of Chernihiv frequently throughout the night.

Industrial facilities hit in western Ukraine

Regional governor for the Khmelnitskyi area, Serhiy Hamaliy, claims industrial facilities in western Ukraine have recently been hit by Russian strikes. It's alleged that Russian forces have hit facilities in Khmelnitskyi in three strikes overnight. No further details of the targets have been given; however, Hamaliy said fires had been "localised" and checks were underway to determine if there were any casualties.

Mariupol hospital patients and staff taken to Russia

City officials in Mariupol have claimed that members of staff and patients from a maternity hospital in the city have allegedly been forcibly taken to Russia. It's claimed that Russian troops forcibly removed more than 70 people from the hospital, before taking them into Russian territory. Unconfirmed reports suggest as many as 20,000 people have been deported from Mariupol to Russia against their will so far. Moscow denies any coercion or forcibly removing Ukrainian citizens, saying those who had arrived in Russia had done so voluntarily.

Kyiv doubt over Russian de-escalation pledge

Ukrainian military officials in Kyiv have expressed doubt over a promise to de-escalate violence by Moscow following recent peace talks held in Turkey. Ukraine's military has indicated a level of suspicion over the pledge, suggesting Russia may have a hidden agenda, and that the pledge may be aimed at intentionally misleading Ukrainian forces. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Kyiv will not reduce defensive efforts.

Fuel depot destroyed in Khmelnytskyi

A Russian missile strike has reportedly destroyed a fuel depot in the Khymelnytskyi region on Tuesday. The strike has been reported by Nikolai Melnichuk - the mayor of Starokostyantyniv, where the fuel depot was based near an airfield. It's believed the strike also targeted the airfield. No casualties have immediately been reported following the strike.

Missiles reportedly shot down over Kyiv

Reports have emerged on Wednesday morning of multiple missiles being shot down over the capital city of Kyiv. Loud explosions have been hear in the city; however, claims from government adviser Vadym Denisenko that Russian missiles have been intercepted and shot down by Ukrainian forces have yet to be independently verified.

Cyberattack targets national telecoms operator

Ukraine's national telecoms operator, Ukrtelecom, has reportedly been hit by a cyberattack. The major attack prompted the operator to restrict customer access to protect military users and critical infrastructure. Internet services have been restored over the course of Tuesday. The attack is estimated to be the most severe disruption to affect the operator since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, with a collapse in connectivity to just 13 percent of pre-war levels.

Ukraine-Russia talks mark progress

The latest round of talks between Ukraine and Russia have been held in Turkey on Tuesday, with officials saying the talks had marked "significant progress". Russia's deputy defence minister has stated Russia will "drastically reduce combat operations in the Kyiv and Chernihiv areas in order to boost mutual trust", while Ukraine has indicated it would adopt neutral status in return for security guarantees - meaning it would not join any military alliances, such as NATO, or host military bases.

Russian shelling hits Severodonetsk

Russian shelling has reportedly fallen in the Severodonetsk area of the eastern Luhansk region. According to reports, shelling has resulted in the deaths of at least two people, while multiple buildings have also sustained major damage. Shelling was also reported in the Lysychans'k area of the region, although no fatalities were reported.

Mykolaiv missile strike kills seven

Seven fatalities have been confirmed after a missile strike hit an administrative building in Mykolaiv. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has confirmed that at least seven people have been found dead, while a further 22 others have also been injured in the attack, which destroyed most of the central infrastructure of the building.

Russian advance on Kyiv stalled, not stopped

A report by a US think tank has assessed that the Russian advance on Kyiv has stalled, but has far from stopped, as Moscow reportedly still intends to capture the capital. Russian forces have so far been thwarted by intense Ukrainian counterattacks around the capital. The report by the Institute for the Study of War indicated that a lack of Russian offensives in other northern cities over the last 24 hours could signal a build-up to an attack on Kyiv, as Russian troops are 'reset'.

Humanitarian corridors planned

Details of several humanitarian corridors have been released on Tuesday, which are due to be opened to enable to safe evacuation of civilians from besieged areas. Routes hoped to be included include corridors for the encircled city of Mariupol. The latest plans come after Kyiv stated routes were unsafe yesterday due to potential attacks by Russian forces.

Trostyanets retaken in Sumy

The town of Trostyanets in the northern Sumy region has reportedly been retaken by Ukrainian forces. Confirmation of the town's liberation from Russian forces comes from US defence officials, who also indicated on Tuesday that the Russian advance on the capital of Kyiv has stalled amid a shift in focus towards the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Strikes reported in Nikopol

Russian missile strikes have allegedly been reported in Nikopol, in the Dnipropetrovsk region. Missile and rocket strikes are said to have landed in parts of Nikopol on Tuesday morning, according to local officials. No immediate reports of any casualties have emerged and the claims by local officials have not been independently verified.

Mykolaiv administration building targeted

A state administration building in the southern city of Mykolaiv has reportedly been targeted by Russian missiles on Tuesday. The Mykolaiv Regional State Administration building on Admiralska Street has apparently been hit by a Russian rocket, fired on Tuesday morning at around 08:30 local time. Local officials have yet to report any details regarding potential casualty figures.

Mariupol likely to fall imminently

Observers assessing the situation on the ground in Ukraine amid intensified violence as Russian forces continue to clash with Ukrainian forces, have estimated that the besieged southern port city of Mariupol is thought very likely to fall to Moscow imminently. It's believed if Mariupol falls, Russian forces will quickly be able to begin manoeuvres to encircle other key Ukrainian military units in the eastern Donetsk region, where a large bulk of Ukraine's  military force has long been stationed.

Supected poisoning of Russian billionaire reported after Ukraine border talks

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich is reported to have suffered symptoms of suspected poisoning whilst attending peace talks on the Ukraine-Belarus border earlier this month. Two Ukraine peace negotiators are also believed to have been affected. Abramovich is said to have recovered but reportedly suffered sore eyes and peeling skin. The alleged poisoning is suspected to have been orchestrated by Russian hardliners in an attempt to sabotage talks. Unconfirmed reports indicate US intelligence has suggested the men's symptoms were instead due to "environmental" factors, rather than poisoning. Ukrainian sources have also caste doubt over the allegations, saying members of the Ukrainian delegation were fine.

Ukrainian forces retake Irpin

Ukrainian forces have reportedly retaken the town of Irpin, near Kyiv. The mayor of Irpin, Oleksandr Markushyn, claimed on Monday that the town - among the main hotspots of fighting amid the war - had been recaptured by Ukrainian forces, before warning that further attacks on the town were expected. Markushyn's claims have not been independently verified.

Humanitarian corridors hindered by Russian 'provocations'

Humanitarian corridors aimed at safely evacuated civilians from besieged areas have reportedly been hindered by Russian 'provocations' along evacuation routes. Ukraine's deputy prime minister stated that there were no plans to evacuate civilians via humanitarian corridors on Monday due to a failure to agree temporary ceasefires amid intelligence reports surrounding possible Russian "provocations" along route areas.

Russian forces regrouping

Russian forces are said to be regrouping but unable to advance amid escalated violence on the ground in Ukraine. Ukrainian Deputy Defence Minister Hanna Malyar stated on Monday that Russian forces were trying to reinforce positions they already hold and were trying to break through the defences of Kyiv but had "no hope of capturing the capital".

Counterattack launched in Kharkiv

Ukrainian troops have reportedly launched a counterattack against Russian advances in the Kharkiv region. Local authorities claim the counterattacks have been launched against Russian troops across various parts of the north-eastern region, including the villages of Mala Rohan and Vilkhivka - both said to now be under Ukrainian control. Intense fighting continues to take place near Izyum.

Ukraine-Russia talks come heightened fighting

The latest round of Ukraine-Russia talks, set to take place in Turkey, come amid a notable increase in violent fighting and clashes. The observable escalation in violence on the ground in Ukraine is expected impact the outcome of talks. Meanwhile Russian officials have talked down the prospect of a meeting between the Ukrainian and Russian presidents for the time-being, suggesting such a meeting would be counter-productive and should only take place when both sides are close to agreeing on key issues.

Russian defeat reported at Chornobaivka airport

Russian forces have allegedly been defeated in the southern town of Chornobaivka after launching another attempt to seize the airport there. The defeat is reported to be the twelfth such attempt by Russian forces to capture the airport - a strategic base situated between the occupied city of Kherson and the besieged city of Mykolaiv. The airport has become a symbol of Ukrainian resistance.

Russian shelling reported in Rubizhne

Russian shelling has apparently been reported in Rubizhne area of the eastern Luhansk region. One fatality has been confirmed on Monday after shelling allegedly fell overnight. A residential building is said to have been damaged, while another person has also been wounded, according to local authorities. Casualty figures have not been independently confirmed.

Mariupol mayor calls for total evacuation

The mayor of the besieged southern port city of Mariupol has reportedly called for a complete evacuation of the city, which many fear is on the brink of a total humanitarian catastrophe, as Russian forces encircling it continue to bombard it. Some 170,000 civilians still in the city are without power and face worsening shortages of food, water, and medicine supplies.

New fires at Chernobyl site

New fires have reportedly broken out at the nuclear power plant site in Chernobyl. The site remains under the control of Russian forces; however, Kyiv has claimed Russian forces have actively prevented firefighters from combating fires in the area. Ukrainian officials accused Moscow of committing "irresponsible" and potentially dangerous acts at the power station. Meanwhile, authorities in the nearby town of Slavutych claim Russian forces have left the seized town following protests by residents.

International humanitarian rescue efforts launched for Mariupol

International efforts have been launched to negotiate a humanitarian rescue of 170,000 civilians still trapped in the besieged southern port city of Mariupol. France, Greece, and Turkey are negotiating efforts to safely evacuated those remaining in the city, where constant shelling has been reported for weeks and a severe lack of food and water continues to worsen.

Kyiv ready to discuss neutral status

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has indicated that Kyiv is prepared to discuss the country adopting a 'neutral status' as part of a potential peace deal with Moscow. Zelenskyy has also clarified that any such declaration would still be subject to a public referendum. Zelenskyy's latest comments came amid an interview with independent Russian journalists, prompting a warning from Moscow's state media regulator. The next round of face-to-face talks is set to take place in Turkey this week.

Several explosions hit western city of Lviv

At least five people were injured following four rocket attacks in the western city of Lviv. Governor Maksym Kozytskyy said two rockets hit a fuel depot while two others hit a military factory. Air raid sirens were activated in the city, which had previously avoided much of the bombardment from Russian forces in comparison to other parts of the country.

Russian ruling party opens office in Mariupol

The Russian ruling party, United Russia, is reported to have opened an office in the besieged port city of Mariupol. The city's council has reported the development, saying the office has been based out of Mariupol's central Metro shopping centre. It's claimed the office has begun distributing party newspapers, among other forms of propaganda.

Four killed in Kharkiv medical centre strike

Four civilians have allegedly been killed and at least three others have also been wounded following the shelling of a medical centre in central Kharkiv. The shelling was fired by Russian forces and reportedly occurred on Friday, hitting a medical centre in the city's Osnovyansky district. The casualty figures have been reported by local police but have not been independently confirmed.

Twenty-thousand flee Boryspil

Some 20,000 civilians have fled the city of Boryspil, located 30km east of Kyiv. Ukrainian authorities have urged people to evacuate the city to enable the Ukrainian forces to fully engage with Russian advances as they prepare to launch a counter attack to clear Russian troops from the area.

Civilians abducted by Russian forces

Reports have emerged that Ukrainian civilians are allegedly being arbitrarily detained and held against their will, and in some cases, subjected to enforced-disappearances. The purported abductions are supposedly taking place in Russian-controlled areas. The UN has verified at least 36 cases of civilian detentions in which families have been denied information surrounding the fate of those being held. The reports come amid rising concern surrounding an escalating campaign of kidnappings and intimidation directed at civilians as Russian forces assert control over captured areas.

Russian shelling kills two in Luhansk

Two civilian deaths have reportedly been confirmed in Luhansk amid Russian shelling. Several fires have also been caused by the shelling, which hit the town of Rubizhne in Luhansk on Friday morning. The shelling comes amid continued bombardment in the area, as Russian forces continue attempts to push the frontline in a westerly direction to take more of the eastern region in a bid to establish a springboard for more Russian forces to enter Ukraine.

Ukrainian forces retake towns east of Kyiv

Ukrainian forces have reportedly retaken towns and defensive positions east of Kyiv. The recapture of areas some 35km east of the capital comes on Friday and has allegedly been helped by Russian forces falling back on overextended supply lines. 

Mariupol humanitarian corridor under negotiation

The establishment of a safe humanitarian corridor to evacuate civilians stuck in the besieged southern port city of Mariupol is reportedly in negotiations. Ukraine hopes to confirm the opening of a safe corridor on Friday, using private vehicles to evacuate civilians after days of not being able to reach any temporary ceasefire agreements in the area with Moscow.

Russian journalist killed in Kyiv shelling

A Russian journalist has reportedly been killed amid heavy shelling in Kyiv, along with one other person, while another two people were also injured. Oksana Baulina had been reporting from Kyiv and the western city of Lviv for investigative website, 'The Insider'. She is understood to have died whilst filming the damage in Kyiv's Podil district. Baulina previously worked for opposition figure Alexei Navalny's anti-corruption foundation, which was made illegal and branded an extremist outfit by Russian authorities last year. 

Luhansk governor alleges use of banned bombs

The governor of Luhansk, Serhiy Haidai, has alleged that Russian forces have been using white phosphorus bombs to shell residential areas in the south-eastern region. Haidai claims the bombs - banned by the Geneva Convention - had killed at least four people and that the shelling destroyed 10 apartment buildings and 13 other private residential properties.

Russian ship destroyed in Berdyansk

A Russian landing ship has reportedly been destroyed in the port city of Berdyansk. Ukraine’s navy says it has destroyed a large Russian landing ship, The Orsk, posting a video online of apparent attack on the vessel. The city of Berdyansk was seized by Russian forces in late February and intense fighting continues in surrounding areas.

Huge fire blazing in Sumy

A large fire has been blazing in the Sumy region amid continued clashes between Ukrainian and Russian forces. Fierce battles have been raging in the Trostianets area, with firefighters unable to reach a huge fire which has broken out in the city due to near-constant shelling.

President alleges Russian use of banned bombs

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has alleged that Russian forces have used banned phosphorus bombs amid fighting in Ukraine. The latest accusation from Zelenskyy came on Thursday as he addressed NATO during a summit and marks the second time he has made such claims. Zelenskyy has yet to present any evidence or further details on where purported phosphorus attacks have taken place. Zelenskyy also urged unlimited international military assistance.

Russian forces claim control of Izyum

Russian forces have allegedly claimed control of the north-eastern city of Izyum, in the Kharkiv region. Russia's Defence Ministry has reportedly released a statement on Thursday claiming that Russian troops are now in complete control of the city. Ukrainian administration in the city has disputed the claim, saying fighting continues. Izyum lies on a key route to the eastern Donbas region and would enable Russian forces in the north-east and south-east to potentially link up.

Missile strikes hit Okhtyrka, Sumy

Russian missile strikes have allegedly hit residential areas in the Okhtyrka area of Sumy. The strikes reportedly hit overnight and are believed to have resulted in an unspecified number of civilian casualties. Local authorities have yet to confirmed further details of the strikes.

Seven humanitarian corridors agreed

Seven humanitarian corridors have been agreed to evacuate civilians from Ukrainian towns and cities under siege. Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk confirmed the latest temporary ceasefire agreements and evacuation corridors on Thursday, but also stated that they had been unable to find a safe route out of Mariupol in the south due to intense Russian shelling. Vereshchuk urged those trying to leave Mariupol to get to the nearby coastal city of Berdyansk, where transport will be waiting.


President calls for global protests

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called for global protests as the war in Ukraine has entered its second month, to call for an end to the Russian invasion. Zelenskyy has also called for global solidarity and urged NATO to provide Kyiv with 'effective and unrestricted aid'. NATO has promised to boost Ukraine's chemical and nuclear defences.

Key bridge destroyed in Chernihiv shelling

Russian shelling has destroyed a key bridge in the north-eastern city of Chernihiv. The bridge over the Desna River connected the city to Kyiv and was being used for civilian evacuations and humanitarian aid supply routes. Local authorities in the city stated on Tuesday that they were with no water or electricity, calling the situation there a humanitarian disaster.

Russian forces repelled from Voznesensk

Ukrainian forces are understood to have pushed back Russian troops from advancing on the farming town of Voznesensk. According to reports, Russian forces were driven some 100km back after combined Ukrainian troops and volunteer forces blew up a key access bridge to the east of the town.

President warns of attacks on nuclear plants

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has issued a warning of the heightened dangers faced from Russian attacks on nuclear plants and has raised concerns over the site of the Chernobyl meltdown in northern Ukraine, which has been under Russian control since early March. The warning came as Zelenskyy addressed the Japanese parliament, whilst calling for Tokyo to increase sanctions on Russia.

Nine humanitarian corridors agreed

Nine humanitarian corridors with temporary ceasefire agreements have been agreed to enable the further evacuation of civilians trapped in towns and cities under siege. The besieged southern port city is understood to not be among places with a secure evacuation route. Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk has urged those still in Mariupol to make it to nearby Berdyansk, where humanitarian aid, including medicines is waiting. Twenty-four buses are also on standby there to transport people to other areas.

One killed amid Pavlohrad missile strike

One person has reportedly died following a Russian missile strike in the Pavlohrad area of Dnipropetrovsk. The strike apparently hit a railway station on Tuesday, destroying the building and derailing at least 15 freight cars. The missile strike has caused major disruption to rail services through the area.

Three killed in Rubizhne bombardment

Three people, including two children, have been killed amid bombardment in the eastern town of Rubizhne, Luhansk. Russian shelling reportedly hit an apartment block in the town on Tuesday evening, leaving three civilians dead. The fatalities have been confirmed by the head of the Ukrainian military authority in Luhansk. It's been claimed that more than 60 civilians have been killed in the Luhansk region since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began.

Ukrainian counter-attack launched west of Kyiv

A counter-attack has reportedly been launched by Ukrainian forces in response to Russian assaults west of Kyiv. Reports of sustained heavy artillery have emerged from the town of Makariv, about 40 miles west of the capital. Russian shelling has also continued in two districts in the north-west of the capital, with significant damage inflicted to residential areas.

Chernihiv mayor claims dozens buried daily

Vladislav Atroshenko - the mayor of the besieged northern city of Chernihiv - has reportedly claimed that dozens of people are being buried on a daily basis amid heavy bombardment. Atroshenko stated that Russian troops have been deliberately targeting civilians, hospitals, and schools, adding that the Russian forces allegedly almost encircled the city. Russian shelling is also reported to have destroyed local power and water supply sources.

Local ceasefire agreed in Luhansk

A local ceasefire has reportedly been agreed in the eastern Luhansk region, where the governor of Luhansk, Serhiy Gaidai, stated on Wednesday morning that an agreed temporary ceasefire would come into effect from 09:00 local time. The ceasefire is understood to have been reached to further enable the safe evacuation of civilians from areas of intense fighting.

Kyiv-Moscow talks moving forward

Talks between Kyiv and Moscow as the war rages in Ukraine have been described by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as "confrontational", but are also said to be moving forward. Meanwhile, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has claimed the Russian war strategy is going to plan, despite reports the Russian offensive has stalled. Peskov also stated Russia would use nuclear weapons in the event of an "existential threat".

Russian forces shell Odesa

Russian naval forces have begun shelling the outskirts of the south-western port city of Odesa. The launching of an offensive against Odesa is understood to be part of a wider strategy by the Russian forces to capture Ukraine's coastal areas, including key Black Sea ports - effectively cutting off the rest of Ukraine from critical supply routes. 

Fighting intensifies in Boryspil

Heavy clashes and fighting has reportedly intensified in the city of Boryspil, near Kyiv. Boryspil's mayor issued a statement on Tuesday, advising citizens and residents to urgently flee the area as quickly as possible due to worsening clashes with Russian troops. The warning came as Russian forces continue to close in on the city.

Deputy PM urges Russia to allow aid into Mariupol

Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, Iryna Vereshchuk, has urged Russia to allow humanitarian and aid supplies into the besieged southern port city of Mariupol. Vereshchuk also called on Moscow to let Ukrainian civilians evacuate from the city safely, adding that Russian troops had also been preventing humanitarian supplies from reaching the southern city of Kherson. Around 10 hospitals have reportedly been completely destroyed as fierce fighting continues around Kharkiv and Mariupol.

Russian forces repelled from Kyiv suburb

Russian forces have allegedly been repelled from a key Kyiv suburb. Ukrainian military officials claim to have pushed Russian troops out of the strategically important suburb of Makariv, just west of Kyiv, following a fierce battle. The regained territory will enable Ukrainian forces to assume command of a key highway and block Russian troops from surrounding the capital from the north-west. Russian forces remain in partial control of other north-western suburbs, including Bucha, Hostomel, and Irpin.

Kyiv considers Vatican mediation amid war

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is said to be considering the prospect of the Vatican mediating high-level peace talks between Kyiv and Moscow amid the Ukraine-Russia war. Zelenskyy Tweeted on Tuesday that a mediating role played by the Holy See would be well-received. Zelenskyy is understood to have spoken to Pope Francis recently, meanwhile, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has said Moscow would like ongoing talks between Russia and Ukraine to be more “active and substantive.

Mariupol evacuation buses fired on

Russian troops have allegedly opened fire on evacuation buses as they transport civilians out of the besieged port city of Mariupol. It's claimed by Ukrainian sources that at least four people have been injured after buses came under fire whilst en route from Mariupol to Zaporizhzhia on Monday, near the Malynivka area.

Russian forces claim territory in Donetsk and Luhansk

Russian forces in Ukraine have claimed the capture of new territory in the south-eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. At least 10 settlements in the areas have reportedly been taken by Russian troops over the last 24 hours, including the Slavne and Marinka areas in Donetsk, along with the Kalynov, Popasna, Novooleksandrivka, and Stepne areas in Luhansk.

More than 15,000 Russian troops killed in war

Some 15,300 Russian troops have reportedly been killed since the start of the war, according to Ukraine's Ministry of Defence, which released its most recent update on Tuesday. It has also been claimed a total Russian loss so far of around 509 tanks, 1,556 armoured combat vehicles, and approximately 252 artillery systems. Ukrainian figures have not been verified. The last Russian update on figures was released on 2 March, confirming 498 Russian troop fatalities. The US estimates Russian troop losses to be around 7,000.

Kyiv accuses Russia of banned bomb usage

Ukraine has accused Russia of using banned phosphorus bombs in the south-eastern town of Kramatorsk. The use of white phosphorus bombs in conflicts was banned by the 1977 Geneva Convention, as the bombs can cause immensely large fires to spread rapidly over large areas. Local police officials claimed on Monday that Russian forces had been using banned phosphorus munitions in their siege on the town.

Two killed in Lisichansk shelling

Two civilians have reportedly been killed and another three have also been injured amid Russian shelling in the south-eastern town of Lisichansk, in the Luhansk region. The shelling fell on residential houses, destroying them, along with part of a children's hospital. At least eight people were successfully rescued from the debris of the houses.

President Zelenskyy calls for talks with Putin

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has reiterated calls for high-level talks to be held with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. Zelenskyy has called again for direct talks with Putin, saying he is prepared to discuss dropping Ukraine's NATO aspirations - something Russia has been strongly opposed to and has been a sticking point throughout the build-up and duration of the war.

Mayor of Kyiv announces new curfew

The mayor of Kyiv has announced that a new curfew will be enforced from Monday evening. Former boxer Vitali Klitschko said the measures will be in place between 20:00 on Monday until 07:00 on Wednesday. “I ask everyone to stay at home – or in shelters when the alarm sounds,” he said.

Residential buildings hit in Odesa strikes

The mayor of Odesa has said that Russian forces have targeted residential buildings in the Black Sea port city. A spokesman for the regional military administration said no casualties have been reported in the attack. The Russian navy has enforced a blockade of the city; however, this is the first recorded strike against buildings.

Eight killed in missile strike on Kyiv shopping centre

At least eight people have been killed in a missile strike on a shopping centre in Kyiv. Local officials said the strike was carried out in the Podilskyi district of the capital. Firefighters are trying to rescue people trapped under the rubble, and there are fears that the death toll will rise.

Residents told to shelter after ammonia leak in Novoselytsya

Ukrainian officials have told residents in the northern town of Novoselytsya to seek shelter after heavy fighting caused an ammonia leak at a chemical factory. Sumy regional governor, Dmytro Zhyvytsky, said Russian shelling had hit the Sumykhimprom facility, which produces fertilisers. “Ammonia is lighter than air, therefore shelters, basements and lower floors should be used for protection,” Zhyvytsky said

Ukraine rejects Russian demand to surrender Mariupol

Ukraine's government has rejected a demand from Russia to surrender the besieged city of Mariupol. The Russian military said it would open two humanitarian corridors out of the city if Kyiv accepted the proposal by Monday morning. “All who lay down their arms are guaranteed safe passage out of Mariupol,” said Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev. Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk rejected the demands, stating: “They say they agree on the humanitarian corridor and in the morning, shell the place for evacuation.”

Senior Russian naval officer killed in Mariupol

A senior Russian naval officer has been killed during fighting in the south-eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol. Russian officials confirmed the death of the deputy commander of the Black Sea Fleet, Captain 1st Rank Andrei Paly. Sevastopol governor Mikhail Razvozhayev said he died "in the battles for the liberation of Mariupol from the Nazis". Russian President Vladimir Putin justified his military invasion of Ukraine by claiming that its neighbour was under the control of "Nazis," a claim widely derided as nonsense.

School shelter bombed in Mariupol

An art school where 400 people were sheltering has been bombed by Russian forces in Mariupol. The city council said the building was destroyed on Saturday night, leaving local civilians trapped under the rubble. The incident follows the attacks on a theatre in the city last week, where more than 1,000 people were sheltering. “To do this to a peaceful city, what the occupiers did, is a terror that will be remembered for centuries to come,” said Ukraine's President Volodymr Zelenskyy on Sunday.

Thousands evacuated from Mariupol amid heavy fighting

Over four thousand people were evacuated from the besieged south-eastern city of Mariupol on Saturday. The city has been without power, water and food for over two weeks, and heavy fighting has been ongoing across the city as Russian troops attempt to capture it. Mayor Vadym Boychenko said Ukrainian troops are fighting hard to hold off the Russian advance.

Dozens killed in strike on military barracks, Mykolaiv

At least 50 soldiers have been killed after a military barracks was targeted in a Russian missile strike in the southern city of Mykolaiv. Around 200 troops were inside the building when it was hit on Friday night, and there are fears that the death toll will rise. Rescue workers found at least one survivor among the rubble during operations on Saturday.

Heavy fighting reported in besieged city of Mariupol

Heavy fighting has been reported in the besieged south-eastern city of Mariupol. Mayor Vadym Boichenko told the BBC that tank and machine-gun battles were ongoing in the city. He also said that more than 80 percent of buildings in the city had been either damaged or destroyed. Hundreds of people remain trapped inside the city's theatre, which was targeted in a Russian airstrike earlier this week.

Missiles strike near Lviv airport

Several missiles have destroyed a building near the airport in the western city of Lviv. In a statement, Ukraine's military said an aircraft repair plant was targeted in a cruise missile strike. Local mayor Andriy Sadovy said no casualties have been reported from the attack, which occurred early on Friday morning.

Two killed by shelling in Kramatorsk

At least two people have been killed in shelling in the eastern city of Kramatorsk. Regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said six people were also wounded after a residential building and nearby administrative office was hit. Footage released by the Kyiv Independent showed a large explosion in the city at around 09:00 local time on Friday morning.

School targeted in Russian shelling near Kharkiv

At least 21 people have been killed and 25 others wounded after Russian troops shelled a school and cultural centre on the outskirts of Kharkiv. Ukrainian officials said the site in Merefa was targeted on Thursday. The Prosecutor's Office in the Kharkiv region issued a statement about the attack on Telegram. Firefighters were deployed to tackle a blaze at the school.

Air Force claims to have shot down Russian planes

Ukraine's Air Force claims that it has shot down three Russian Su-30M bombers, along with a Su-34 bomber and another unidentified plane. The air force also said that it has shot down two helicopters and a drone. Unverified footage on social media appears to show two of the planes crashing in the Kherson region.

Fifty killed in Chernihiv shelling

At least 50 people have been killed in Russian shelling in the northern city of Chernihiv over the past 24 hours. Vyacheslav Chaus, the head of the Chernihiv Regional State Administration, said the city continues to be targeted by airstrikes and artillery shelling. In a video released on Facebook, Chaus said the bodies of 53 people had been received at the city's morgue. Earlier this week, Russian troops were accused of shooting dead 10 people who were queuing for bread in the city.

President Zelensky addresses US and German parliaments

President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the German Bundestag on Thursday morning. He urged the German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, to stop "dithering" and do more to help Ukraine following the Russian military invasion. “I appeal to you in the name of the soldiers who defend the values of our country, the values you often speak of here in Europe: that people can live in freedom and not be subjugated to a country that thinks we belong to it," said Zelensky. Earlier he appealed to the US Congress, invoking the Pearl Harbor and 9/11 attacks and saying "we need you right now."

Survivors reported at Mariupol theatre

A local politician claims that most of the people sheltering inside a theatre in the besieged city of Mariupol have survived. MP Dmytro Gurin was he had received reports that the shelter, which was housing more than 1,000 women and children, had survived a Russian bomb attack. Rescue operations are underway at the site and it is not yet known how many people were killed or wounded in the strike. The Russians targeted the site despite the fact that the Russian word for children had been written in giant letters outside the building.

President re-iterates calls for no-fly zone over Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has re-iterated calls for a no-fly zone to be established over Ukraine as intense fighting continues throughout the country. The call was made during an address to the US congress, which was met by a standing ovation. US President Joe Biden is widely expected to announce an additional $800m in military aid for Ukraine.

Skadovsk protests dispersed by Russian troops

Protests against Russian military occupation in parts of the Russian-controlled Kherson region have reportedly been dispersed by Russian troops. Protesters in Skadovsk were allegedly forcibly dispersed by the Russian forces using tear gas as they demonstrated in the city centre to call for the release of city officials on Wednesday. No casualties have been reported.

Blast hit Zaporizhzhia train station

A suspected missile strike has reportedly targeted a train station in Zaporizhzhia. A loud explosion was reported at the site of Zaporizhzhia-2 Railway Station on Wednesday. Local officials have confirmed news of the blast; however, no casualty figures have been released following the strike. It's unclear if the station was in use at the time.

Kyiv rejects Russian offer of neutrality

Ukrainian officials say they have rejected an offer from Russia for Ukraine to adopt an 'Austrian-style neutrality'. Mykhailo Podoliak, a member of the Ukrainian negotiating team, stated that any peace deal must be on Ukrainian terms and must protect the country's sovereignty. The news comes after the Kremlin indicated that Russia was open to a peace deal that would see a neutral Ukraine maintain its own army and navy.

Vinnytsia TV tower targeted

A TV tower in Vinnytsia city has reportedly been targeted by Russian rockets on Wednesday. Russian forces are alleged to have fired multiple rockets at the tower during the early hours of the morning. No details of any casualties incurred as a result of strikes have been immediately reported.

Ten killed amid Russian shelling in Chernihiv

Ten fatalities have apparently been reported amid Russian shelling in the north-eastern city of Chernihiv. The shelling allegedly occurred on Wednesday morning at approximately 10:00 local time. The deceased are said to be civilians, although details have not been independently verified.

Kharkiv death toll rises to 500

The death toll in Kharkiv is reportedly estimated to have risen to at least 500. Ukrainian officials stated on Wednesday that at least 500 Kharkiv residents are thought to have died amid intense shelling by the Russian forces over the past few weeks. Among the most recent fatalities to be reported include two people who died when shelling hit apartment blocks in the Nemylyansk district. According to reports, Russian forces have struggled to encircle the city due to low ammunition supplies.

Russian shelling hits residential building in Kyiv

Russian shelling has reportedly hit a 12-storey residential building in Kyiv during the early hours of Wednesday morning. Precise casualty figures still remain unclear as the emergency services attend the scene in the Shevchenko district; however, at least two deaths have been reported and dozens of people have been evacuated out of the building. Central Kyiv has been hit by cruise and ballistic missile while heavy fighting continues in the northern suburbs.

Fourth Russian general killed

Ukraine has claimed that a fourth Russian general has been killed amid fighting in Ukraine. Russia’s Major General Oleg Mityaev is to have been killed during the storming of Mariupol on Tuesday. Mityaev commanded the 150th motorised rifle division. His death has not been confirmed by Moscow.

Peace talks show signs of progress

A fourth round of peace talks between Russia and Ukraine are said to have hopeful signs of progress on Tuesday. It's believed the negotiations may have made some headway, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy saying the talks were beginning to "sound more realistic". The talks came as three European leaders travelled to Kyiv via train to meet with Zelenskyy to show support for Ukraine.

Two journalists killed near Kyiv

Two Fox News journalists have died after their vehicle was struck in the Horenka area, in the outskirts of Kyiv. A third journalist was also injured. The incident follows the death of US journalist Brent Renaud, who was shot and killed amid heavy fighting in the nearby town of Irpin. At least two more Ukrainian journalists are also said to have been killed amid the conflict.

Russian warships ‘fire missiles at Ukraine coast’

Russian warships have reportedly fired missiles at Ukraine's coastline in the south. It's claimed missiles and artillery were fired at the Ukrainian coast, near Tuzla - just the south of the major port city of Odesa. The firing allegedly took place overnight, at around midnight, with a large amount of ammunition being fired from a long distance. It's believed the assault may have been a Russian attempt to test the strengths of Ukraine's coastal defence system ahead of a potential planned land assault.

Mariupol hospital held hostage

Some 400 people, including doctors and patients, are reportedly being held hostage inside a hospital in Mariupol. The city's deputy mayor claims Russian troops are holding people there like hostages. Russian forces have continued to assault the southern port city of Mariupol from the east and the west. Of 29,000 people evacuated from cities via humanitarian corridors on Tuesday, most were from Mariupol.

Kyiv strikes death toll rises

The death toll from recent missile strikes which landed in Kyiv overnight has risen from two confirmed fatalities to four. The mayor of Kyiv stated that four deaths have now been confirmed after Russian airstrikes hit an apartment block, among other residential buildings, and a metro station. The strikes come as the city has entered a 35-hour curfew.

Chernihiv issues country-wide air raid warning

Regional authorities in Chernihiv have issued a country-wide air raid warning, urging citizens to head to shelters amid a high risk of air attacks. Other regions have yet to issue similar warnings of new air strikes by teh Russian forces.

Missile strikes destroy Dnipro airport runway

The runway at Dnipro airport has reportedly been destroyed by Russian missile strikes. The head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional state administration, Valentyn Reznichenko, has released a statement on Tuesday describing extensive destruction following two missile strikes on the airport. It's believed an airport terminal was also damaged.

Polish, Czech, Slovenian PMs travel to Kyiv for talks

The Polish, Czech, and Slovenian prime ministers are travelling to the capital, Kyiv, for talks with Ukraine’s president and prime minister. The trio of leaders are travelling by train as representatives of the EU and are due to present a detailed support package for Ukraine. They are also accompanied by the head of the ruling Polish party, who reiterated that NATO will not engage militarily in the war.

Russia claims control of entire Kherson region

Russia has issued a claim, alleging to have taken control of the entire Kherson region in the south. Russian forces captured the regional capital, Kherson city, earlier this month, but now claim to be in full control of the wider region. The claim has not been independently verified. The Russian statement comes after reports of Russian forces cracking down on anti-occupation protests in Kherson city on Monday.

Kyiv mayor announces 36-hour curfew

The mayor of Kyiv has announced a 36-hour curfew for the capital, effective between the hours of 20:00 local time on Tuesday to 07:00 on Thursday. Mayor Vitali Klitschko stated it will be prohibited to move about the city without special permission, bar travelling to bomb shelters.

Russian forces pushed back from Mykolaiv

The Russian forces have reportedly been pushed back slightly from the southern city of Mykolaiv. The city's governor released a statement on Tuesday saying the security situation has allegedly improved following a failed attempt by Russian troops to capture the regional capital. Russian forces reportedly continue to fire at the city but have been pushed back from advances across the Bug River.

Evacuation routes announced for Sumy

Several evacuation routes have been announced for the Sumy region on Tuesday. Local authorities have stated that humanitarian corridors will be in effect from the cities of Sumy, Konotop, Trostianets, and Lebedyn, between 09:00 and 21:00 local time. The city of Sumy has been heavily bombarded by Russian assaults and is reported to have lost power and water after being cut off by the Russian forces. No temporary ceasefire could be reached in the area to guarantee the safety of evacuation routes on Monday.

Over 4,000 flee Mariupol

More than 4,000 people have successfully escaped the besieged city of Mariupol within the last 24 hours. Details of the latest group of civilians to leave the city on Monday come as authorities draft plans for further evacuation efforts for Tuesday.

Explosions rock capital Kyiv

Powerful explosions and blasts have been reported in the capital city, Kyiv overnight. Russian strikes have reportedly hit a metro station and several residential buildings. At least two people have been killed in an attack on an apartment building, according to the emergency services. The latest assault on the city comes as negotiations between Russia and Ukraine are set to resume on Tuesday. Despite the heavy bombing, Russian advances on the city are said to remain stalled.

Reports of blast outside Zaporizhzhia power plant

Reports have emerged of an explosion outside the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. It's claimed the Russian troops have blown up ammunition in front of the plant on Monday. Further details have yet to be confirmed, while Ukraine's nuclear energy company stated it remains unclear whether radiation level have been affected. The plant was seized by Russian forces earlier this month.

Ukraine-Russia peace talks paused

Peace talks and negotiations between Russia and Ukraine have been paused, with the intention of being resumed tomorrow. Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhaylo Podolyak confirmed the "technical pause" in a statement on Twitter while each side sought "clarification of individual definitions". Over the last 24 hours, dialogue is understood to have primarily focused on establishing a ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian troops, as well as certain security guarantees for Ukraine.

Twenty killed in Donetsk strike

At least 20 people have reportedly been killed in a missile strike in Donetsk. The strike occurred on Monday morning and the Russian defence ministry has claimed a provisional death toll of 20 people, while another nine have also been wounded, claiming the strike was conducted by Ukrainian forces. Casualty figures have not been independently verified. Kyiv has denied the accusation that it launched the attack.

Russian troops fire on Kherson protesters

Russian troops have reportedly cracked down on anti-war and anti-occupation protests by Ukrainian residents in the southern Russian-held city of Kherson. It's been reported that several warning shots were fired at demonstrators as they rallied against Russian occupation. Footage shows protesters holding Ukrainian flags and chanting as Russian tanks roll by.

Donetsk airstrike kills two

An airstrike which was recently conducted in the Donetsk region has allegedly killed two people. The strike comes on Monday amid continued heavy fighting throughout the region. The strike apparently hit in the Kramatorsk area, with details reported by local city officials. It's claimed both fatalities are thought to have been Ukrainian civilians.

Ukraine-Russia talks get underway

A new round of Ukraine-Russia talks have got underway on Monday morning. The latest video-link talks come after Ukrainian negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak called weekend negotiations "constructive", sparking hope for diplomatic progress. Separately, the US and China are also due to hold talks on Monday.

Missiles target Zhytomyr administrative buildings

Administrative buildings in the Zhytomyr region have been targeted in overnight strikes. Four people have been injured after missile strikes hit and destroyed seven buildings in the village of Stavische. 

Mariupol siege continues

The southern port city of Mariupol continues to be besieged by heavy bombardment from Russian forces day and night. Residential areas have allegedly been bombed non-stop, while those still stuck in the city are facing worsening food and water shortages and power cuts. Mass looting has been reporting in some areas. Plans to evacuate through humanitarian corridors have been hindered by Russian shelling.

Residential flats stuck in Kyiv

A block of residential flats have been hit by Russian shelling near central Kyiv, resulting in numerous civilian casualties. At least two people have died and another 12 others have also been injured in a Russian air strike on a residential building in the Obolon district, just a mile from the centre of the capital. Firefighters have been attending the scene in the aftermath, rescuing civilians from the rubble of the nine-storey building.

US journalist shot dead near Kyiv

A US journalist has been shot dead in a small town outside Kyiv. Brent Renaud was reporting from the town of Irpin when he came under fire from Russian troops. Two other journalists were wounded in the incident. Renaud previously worked for the New York Times, although the newspaper said he was not on assignment for them in Ukraine.

Russian strikes on base near Polish border kill 35

At least 35 people have been killed after Russian airstrikes targeted a military base in Yavoriv, close to the border with Poland. Regional governor Maksym Kozytskyy said a further 134 people were wounded in the attack, which took place early on Sunday morning. The base was previously used for training with military instructors from NATO.

President Zelensky says 1,300 Ukrainian troops killed in conflict

President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that 1,300 Ukrainian troops have been killed since Russian troops invaded the country. He made the announcement during a news conference in the capital, Kyiv, on Saturday. He also said that 500-600 Russian troops surrendered to Ukrainian forces on Friday, although these claims have not been verified.

Kyiv accuses Russia of bombing Belarusian settlements

Ukrainian officials have accused Russian forces of bombing Belarusian settlements on Friday. It's alleged that Russian aircraft departed from an airfield in Belarus and crossed into Ukrainian airspace before firing on the village of Kopani - a Belarusian settlement. The claim has not been independently confirmed. Kyiv has claimed the move is aimed at providing a false pretext for Belarusian troops to join Russian war efforts in Ukraine.

Army claims senior Russian officer killed

The Ukrainian armed forces have issued a statement on Friday alleging to have killed a senior Russian officer and commander of the 29th Army of the eastern district in battle. It's claimed that Major-General Andrei Kolesnikov was reportedly killed amid fighting as Russian forces continue to advance on Ukrainian cities. Further details have yet to be confirmed. Russia has not commented on reports of Kolesnikov's death.

Kharkiv under 'non-stop bombardment'

Kharkiv's mayor, Ihor Terekhov, has stated that the north-eastern city remains under "non-stop bombardment" from the Russian forces. Terekhov also claimed that dozens of schools in the city had been targeted and destroyed by Russian strikes. Russian shelling also reportedly fell on residential areas of the city 89 times within a single 24-hour period. A psychiatric hospital has also been hit on Friday, with no immediate casualties reported.

Twelve humanitarian corridor routes planned

Ukrainian authorities have reportedly made plans for up to 12 humanitarian corridor civilian evacuation routes to be opened amid temporary ceasefires on Friday. Among the routes planned include: Mariupol to Zaporizhzia; Polohy to Zaporizhzhia; Enerhodar to Zaporizhzhia; Volnovakha to Pokrovsk; Izyum to Lozova; Bucha, Hostomel, Kazarovychi, and Mikulychi to Kyiv; Andriivka, Makariv, and Borodyanka to Zhytomyr.

Russian forces claims Volnovakha capture

The Russian forces claim to have captured the southern city of Volnovakha on Friday. The claim comes as fresh attacks have been reported in cities across Ukraine overnight. On Friday morning, reports indicated that Russian-backed separatists captured the strategically important city of Volnovakha, located to the north of the besieged port city of Mariupol. Russia's defence ministry claims Russian forces are now in control of the area, as civilians continue to flee fighting via humanitarian corridors.

Airstrikes cut off Chernihiv water supply

Chernihiv's water supply has reportedly been cut off by overnight airstrikes. The strikes hit areas resulting in major disruption to the water supply network managed by water company, Chernihivvodokanal. Efforts to re-supply the city are underway.

Explosions hit Ivano-Frankivsk airfields

Explosions have reportedly hit airfields in Ivano-Frankivsk, which has come under fire from Russian shelling over the last 12 hours. The city is among several to be hit by new Russian attacks on Friday morning, along with Dnipro and Lutsk.

Lutsk airfield hit by blast

An airfield and jet engine factory in the north-western city of Lutsk have reportedly been hit amid shelling as Russian troops advance in the region. The airfield was reportedly targeted and hit by an explosion on Friday morning. Two Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and another six are also thought to have been injured.

Blasts reported in Dnipro

A series of blasts have hit the city of Dnipro - a major stronghold in central eastern Ukraine. The city has reportedly been hit by airstrikes on Friday morning, which have allegedly left at least one person dead.

Large Russian convoy redeploys near Kyiv

A large Russian convoy has redeployed near the capital city of Kyiv. Last seen near Antonov Airport, the convoy's renewed movement could signal a push towards the capital as parts of the convoy manoeuvre into positions in surrounding towns. Some parts of the convoy, including artillery vehicles, are already said to be in firing positions north of the city.

Russian shelling kills two in Sumy

Russian shelling in the Kedilivshchina area of the Sumy region has apparently killed at least two civilians within the last few hours. The shelling is alleged to have been carried out during the early hours of Friday morning. Local Ukrainian authorities have reported details of the strike, claiming two civilian residents have been confirmed dead following the shelling. The fatalities have not been independently confirmed.

Civilian evacuation corridor opened from Krasnopillya

A civilian evacuation corridor has been opened from Krasnopillya in the Sumy region to Poltava. The route comes in addition to six other evacuation routes allowing civilians to flee besieged areas, including Sumy, Borodyanka, Izyum, Mariupol, Enerhodar, and Volnovakha.

Over 1,200 dead in Mariupol streets

Local authorities in the besieged city of Mariupol claim that over 1,200 dead bodies have been collected from the streets. Some 1,207 bodies have reportedly been pulled from the streets, including 47 which were then buried in a mass grave. Not all have been identified. A precise death toll for the city still remains unclear.

Russian attack repelled in Moshchun

A Russian military attack has reportedly been repelled by the Ukrainian armed forces in Moshchun, in the Kyiv region. Ukrainian military sources claim the attack was repulsed on Thursday along positions near the Irpine River. No details of casualties have immediately been reported.

Mariupol airstrikes kill one

At least one fatality has been confirmed following airstrikes carried out by the Russian forces over Mariupol on Thursday morning. The strikes come as part of a continuous military assault on the port city. Local officials confirmed the death, which allegedly occurred near Budivelnikov Avenue. Further casualties are thought likely but have not been verified.

Six killed in Zhytomyr strikes

Six people have reportedly been killed and another 12 have also been injured amid Russian airstrikes in the Zhytomyr region within the last 24 hours. The strikes have apparently hit areas in the Volytsia, Zhytomyr, Korosten, and Bystry areas of the region. Further details have yet to be confirmed.

Bombs falling in Mariupol

Reports have emerged on Thursday of bomb hitting residential areas of Mariupol city. The strikes come as efforts to evacuate civilians via a humanitarian corridor are underway, meanwhile, a humanitarian convoy attempting to reach the city has been forced to halt progress amid heavy fighting.

Ukraine-Russia agree humanitarian issues

Ukraine and Russia have reportedly agreed to work on humanitarian issues. Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba stated that the two sides had agreed to continue efforts to seek a solution to the humanitarian issues on the ground in Ukraine following a latest round of talks held in Turkey on Thursday. Kuleba added that he was ready for further talks for "substantial discussion and seeking solutions". Meanwhile, Kuleba's Russian counterpart has accused Ukrainian "territorial defence forces" of using civilian hostages as human shields, adding Russia would continue to operate humanitarian corridors.

Russian strike kills one in Piskivka

One person has been killed and two others have also been injured in a recent airstrike in Piskivka, in the Kyiv region. The strike was conducted by Russian forces overnight and reportedly destroyed as many as nine residential properties. Further details remain unconfirmed.

Seven humanitarian corridors proposed

Plans for seven humanitarian corridors have been proposed for Thursday by the Ukrainian military. The corridors enable safe evacuation for civilians from besieged cities by temporarily suspending military activity along agreed routes. The corridors require both sides to agree to the terms and observe ceasefire areas; however, previous such plans have failed over the past week due to Russian shelling. Ukraine and Russia are set to hold talks later today but have in principle agreed on establishing humanitarian corridors. Routes are expected to focus on extracting people from Sumy, Mariupol, Borodyanka, Irpin, Izyum, Enerhodar, and Volnovakha.

Ukraine forces launch counterattack near Kyiv

The Ukrainian military has reportedly launched a counterattack against the Russian forces near the capital city of Kyiv. Military officials have confirmed the counterattack, saying five tanks had also been lined up to help defend morning artillery battles in the western outskirts of the battle. Details of Ukrainian military strategy have largely gone unreported so far. 

Four killed in Kharkiv shelling

Four deaths have been reported following  the shelling of a residential building near Kharkiv city. The building was allegedly hit by Russian firing overnight in the village of Slobozhanske. Among those dead include two children, while a five-year-old girl was also injured and rushed to hospital. Rescuers expected the death toll to rise as they continue to search the rubble for more bodies. A shopping mall in Kharkiv city centre was also set ablaze from bombardment, although no casualties have been reported.

President calls Mariupol hospital strike a war crime

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called a recent attack on a children's hospital and maternity ward in Mariupol a "war crime". The facility was hit during a Russian airstrike on Wednesday. Local officials have described extensive destruction at the scene. At least three fatalities have been confirmed, including one child, while another 17 people were also injured.

Russian strike hits Mariupol hospital

A children's hospital in Mariupol has reportedly been hit by a Russian strike. Exact casualty figures are not yet known - those wounded in the strike are being evacuated to the nearest hospital. The news comes as Ukrainian officials have accused Russia of holding Mariupol residents hostage amid reports that Russian forces are continuing to block evacuation attempts and the delivery of humanitarian aid.

Civilians evacuating from Izyum

Civilians have been evacuating Izyum in eastern Kharkiv, following a temporary ceasefire route towards Lozova. However, recent reports from local officials claim the process has been held up by Russian shelling, with explosions reported in parts of the suburbs of Izyum, blocking evacuation convoys from leaving.

Five rescued from rubble in Sumy

Five people have reportedly been rescued from the rubble of a destroyed residential building amid heavy shelling in the Lebedyn area of Sumy. The shelling came as a Russian airstrike hit two residential buildings on Shevchenko street during the early hours of Wednesday morning. Reports suggest two of the five people rescued have been identified as children.

Fresh ceasefire in Sumy agreed

A fresh ceasefire agreement has been reached in the north-eastern city of Sumy to allow civilians to flee to relative safety as violent fighting continues tot take place around the city. Sumy has come under intense bombardment from the Russian forces for several days now, with an estimated 5,000 people evacuated from the city on Tuesday. In total, 22 people, including three children have been killed amid strikes on the city.

TV presenter killed in Irpin bombardment

An actor and TV presenter, Pasha Lee, has reportedly been killed in battle amid Russian bombardment of the town of Irpin, near Kyiv. Lee is among a number of prominent public figures to have been killed amid the war in Ukraine so far, including investigative journalist Viktor Dudar in Mykolaiv, and fellow TV presenter and actor, Pavlo Li. Irpin has been shelled almost continuously over the last two days by the Russian forces.

Civilian girl dies from dehydration in Mariupol

A young girl has reportedly died from dehydration in the besieged city of Mariupol. The six-year-old girl's death has been reported by the mayor of the city in a statement on Tuesday and comes amid an eight-day-long blockade on the city as Russian troops continue to surround it, attacking from all sides.

International legion grows to 20,000

Ukraine's new international legion fighting force has reportedly grown to approximately 20,000 people, from more than 50 different countries. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on foreign nationals to sign up to the volunteer force to held defend his country from the invasion launched by Russia.

Protests Russian invasion in Kherson

Large groups of people have allegedly been protesting against the Russian invasion of Ukraine in parts of the Kherson region. Reports indicate demonstrations have taken place in Novy, Gai, Berislav, Oleshky, Golaya Pristan, and Berezhanka. Further details have yet to be confirmed.

Russian shelling kills three in Luhansk

Three fatalities have been reported amid shelling in the eastern Luhansk region on Tuesday. According to unconfirmed reports, the deaths were incurred amid shelling from Russian forces in the Rubizhne area of Luhansk.

Russian plane downed near Bilozerska

Ukrainian military officials claim to have downed a Russian plane near Bilozerka in the Kherson region. The plane is alleged to be a Russian military aircraft, which was reportedly shot down by the Ukrainian armed forces on Tuesday morning near the village of Kizomys. No details concerning casualties, or the status of the pilot, have been reported.

Mariupol evacuation route under fire

An evacuation route out of the besieged city of Mariupol has reportedly come under fire by Russian forces. It's claimed the humanitarian corridor has come under attack, with Russian forces shelling the route between Mariupol and Zaporizhzhia.

Irpin evacuation underway

Civilian evacuations out of Irpin continue to be underway as heavy fighting continues in the outskirts of the town. Continued evacuation efforts come as the Human Rights Watch (HRW) suggests the laws of war have been violated by Russian forces in Irpin as the town comes under shelling. The HRW claim specifically relates to the bombardment of a road intersection being used by hundreds of civilian to flee.

Russia opens 'humanitarian corridors'

Russia has announced that it has opened 'humanitarian corridors' from Kyiv and several other Ukrainian cities on Tuesday morning. The Russian defence ministry stated that evacuation routes were active from the capital, as well as Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, and Mariupol. A ceasefire has also been annoucned by Moscow, effective from 10:00 Moscow time (09:00 local time) to coincide with the corridors.

Ukraine claims second Russian general killed

Ukrainian military officials claim a second Russian general has been killed aid fighting. Major General Vitaly Gerasimov - first deputy commander of Russia's 41st Army - has been identified as having been killed near the besieged city of Kharkiv on Monday. Another Russian general, Andrei Sukhovetsky - also a deputy commander of the 41st Army - was allegedly killed in fighting at the end of February.

Reports of food shortages emerge in Lviv

Reports have emerged of dwindling food supplies in the western city of Lviv, where hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have flocked to in a bid to flee fighting elsewhere in the country as Russian forces invade. Reports suggest local authorities are beginning to struggle to feed and house those fleeing the war as they call for more urgent aid support.

Evacuation route opens from Sumy

An evacuation route has been opened from the besieged city of Sumy on Tuesday morning. Russia and Ukraine have agreed the humanitarian corridor, which will allow civilians to flee fighting via a route travelling south towards Poltava. Moscow had proposed a route taking people into Russia; however, this was rejected. Ukraine has called on Russia to respect the ceasefire agreement in this area.

Russian shelling preventing civilian evacuations

Ukrainian authorities have claimed that continued Russian shelling has been hindering and preventing civilian evacuation efforts in Kyiv, Mariupol, Sumy, and Kharkiv. The claim comes after Russia announced details of evacuation routes to Russia and its ally, Belarus - an offer Kyiv rejected as "immoral". Moscow has said it is ready to re-open humanitarian corridors on Tuesday morning. A fourth round of Russia-Ukraine talks are set to take place on Tuesday after a third round of talks ended with no progress on Monday.

UN says over 400 civilians killed amid Russian invasion

The UN's human rights office has stated that over 400 civilians are known to have died amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The body has reportedly confirmed the deaths of at least 406 civilians, including 27 children, since the 24 February, but also warned that the true death toll in Ukraine is likely to be much higher.

Irpin evacuations underway

Evacuations remain underway in the town of Irpin, near Kyiv. Local authorities have indicated that civilian evacuations are proceeding, with at least 1,000 people taken to safety on Monday, despite continued Russian shelling in the area. Ukrainian forces are said to have repelled attacks to the farther outskirts of the town.

Russian targeting Ukrainian comms

Russian forces are believed to be deliberately targeting Ukrainian communications. The UK's Ministry of Defence has indicated Moscow has deliberately been targeting Ukraine's communications facilities and infrastructure in a bid to reduce and limit Ukrainian civilian access to reliable news and information. 

Foreign minister to meet Russian counterpart

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba is due to meet with his Ukrainian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov. The meeting is set to take place on Thursday in the Turkish city of Antalya. A third round of talks between Russian and Ukrainian negotiators is also expected to take place on Monday, at 14:00 GMT.

Sumy evacuation routes detailed

Details of two evacuation routes for Ukrainian civilians out of Sumy have been released by the Russian forces. The first will see civilians directed from Sumy to Sudzha, then Belgorod in Russia. The second route meanwhile, travels from Sumy to Golubivka, to Romny, then Lokhvitsya and Lubny, before ultimately arriving in Poltava.

Kyiv civilian evacuation route detailed

Details of an evacuation route for Ukrainian civilians out of the capital, Kyiv, have been released by the Russian forces. The route will see civilians directed out of the capital city towards Hostomel, then on to Rakivka, Sosnovka, Ivankiv, Orane, Chernobyl, Gden', before reaching Gomel in neighbouring Belarus, where they will then reportedly travel by air to Russia. In a statement released on Monday, the Russian forces said they will carry out "uninterrupted objective control of the evacuation, including with the use of drones". 

Kharkiv evacuation route identified

Details of a planned evacuation route for Ukrainian civilians out of the city of Kharkiv have been released. Russian forces indicate civilians will be allowed to flee via a route between Kharkiv, Nekhoteyevka, and Belgorod, in Russia. From there, they will then be able to travel by either air, road, or rail.

Two Russian evacuation routes for Mariupol identified

Two routes for the evacuation of Ukrainian civilians from the besieged city of Mariupol have been identified. 'Route 1' will take people via Novoazovsk to Taganrog, then on to Rostov-on Don in Russia, from where they may travel by air, road, or rail to a chosen destination or temporary holding place. 'Route 2' will exit Mariupol via Portivske, Mangush, Respublika, Rosivka, Bilmak, Polohi, Orekhiv, and ultimately, Zaporizhzhia. 

Red Cross says Mariupol evacuation routes mined

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has suggested that some of the evacuations routes intended to serve as humanitarian corridors for Ukrainian civilians to flee the besieged city of Mariupol had actually been mined areas. Problems in obtaining clear and precise agreements which could be put in action resulted in ICRC staff being instructed to use a route out of the city which wasn't safe to use. ICRC staff indicates the miscommunication was coming from both sides struggling to translate agreements made in principle into concrete, actionable plans.

Ukrainian forces re-take Chuhuiv

Ukrainian forces claim to have re-taken the city of Chuhuiv, in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine's General Staff said on Sunday that Kyiv's forces had seized the city from Russian troops, allegedly inflicting heavy losses on Russian forces, including two high-ranking Russian commanders. These claims have not been independently verified

Renewed reports of shelling on Mykolaiv

There have been renewed reports of shelling on the southern port city of Mykolaiv on Monday. The city's mayor stated that Moscow's forces were continuing to bombard the city with artillery fire, targeting residential buildings. The renewed assault comes a day after Ukrainian forces repelled an attack on the city and recaptured the local airport.

Russian attack on Irpin kills family

A Russian attack on the city of Irpin, near Kyiv, has reportedly left a civilian family dead. The attack was allegedly conducted over the weekend. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russia of murdering civilians following the attack on Sunday, which killed four young family members, including a mother and two children, who were caught in Russian mortar fire as they fled the area.

Moscow offers civilians evacuation to Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered Ukrainian civilians evacuation to Russia, saying Russian forces will hold fire in Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities to allow civilians to escape. People in Kyiv would be allowed safe passage to neighbouring Russian ally Belarus, while those in Kharkiv will be able to flee via a corridor to Russia. The latest development comes after two ceasefire attempts in the southern city of Mariupol failed over the weekend. Ukraine has criticised the offer of humanitarian corridors to only Russia as 2immoral".

Evacuation of Mariupol halted over Russian attacks

A second attempted humanitarian ceasefire collapsed in Mariupol on Sunday. “Amid devastating scenes of human suffering in Mariupol, a second attempt today to start evacuating an estimated 200,000 people out of the city came to a halt,” the International Committee of the Red Cross said in a statement. Residents of the city were due to be allowed to leave to Zaporizhzhia but Russian shelling resumed as the first buses tried to depart. An estimated 200,000 people are trapped in Mariupol, while there is no running water, power or sanitation in the city.

Vinnytsia airport destroyed by Russian rocket fire

Vinnytsia airport has been completely destroyed by Russian rocket fire, according to Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. “I have just been informed about a missile strike on Vinnytsia. Eight rockets… The airport was completely destroyed,” he said. The president renewed calls for NATO to enforce a no-fly zone over Ukraine.

Russia announces ceasefire for civilian evacuations

Russia has announced a temporary ceasefire in the besieged cities of Mariupol and Volnovakha. The Ukrainian authorities have confirmed the ceasefire, which began at 09:00 local time. The evacuation corridor from Mariupol will enable civilians to flee Zaporizhzhia. Russia is currently believed to have masses of forces  encircling four key cities - Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, and Mariupol.

NATO highlights evidence of Russian cluster bombs in Ukraine

NATO has highlighted evidence of cluster bombs allegedly being used by the Russian forces in Ukraine. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated they had seen the use of such bombs alongside reports of other types of weapons which, if true, violates international law. Stoltenberg repeated a previous statement confirming the alliance has no current plans to set up a no-fly zone over Ukraine or to send troops there.

Moscow blames nuclear plant attack on Ukrainian saboteurs

Moscow has blamed the attack at the Enerhodar nuclear power plant facility in Zaporizhzhia on Ukrainian saboteurs. While Ukraine has indicated the plant fell to Russian forces shortly after the attack on Friday morning, Russian officials claim the area has been under Russian control since Monday. Russia alleges the attack was carried out by the 'Kyiv nationalist regime' as a provocation. The account directly contradicts the version of events put forward by Kyiv.

Deaths reported after nuclear plant fire

Several deaths and casualties have been reported following a nuclear plant fire in Zaporizhzhia. The fire broke out after a part of the complex was shelled by Russian forces on Friday morning, shortly before it was captured. Ukrainian officials have since stated that several people have been killed or injured in the fire. Plant employees remain on site to monitor operations amid concerns that further disturbances to the process of cooling nuclear fuel down could trigger radioactive damage. The plant is Europe's biggest and a nuclear disaster could be worse than Chernobyl or Fukushima. Radiation levels currently remain normal. World leaders have condemned the attack - which violated the Geneva convention on bombing nuclear plants - as a war crime.

Russian troops advance on Mykolaiv

Russian troops have reportedly been advancing on the port city of Mykolaiv in the south-east of Ukraine. A Ukrainian presidential adviser claims the city has so far stopped advances. The statement comes after the city's mayor said Russian troops were entering the city - a crucial Black Sea port. Taking the city would move Russian forces closer to the major port city of Odesa.

Ukraine army claims two Russian tanks destroyed in Peremoha

The Ukrainian armed forces allegedly claim to have destroyed two Russian tanks, along with four infantry vehicles and one armoured vehicle near Brovary in the Peremoha area of the Kyiv region. It's claimed the vehicles were targeted whilst travelling in the direction of Brovary.

Chernihiv airstrikes death toll rises

The death toll from Russian airstrikes which hit the north-eastern city of Chernihiv on Thursday has now risen to at least 47 confirmed fatalities. The strikes hit a residential area of the city. Intense shelling has forced rescue efforts to be suspended. In total, some 148 people are thought to have died in the region since the Russian invasion of Ukraine was launched last week.

Ukraine claims Russian aircraft shot down in Odesa

Ukrainian forces claim to have shot down a Russian military aircraft in the Zatoka area of the Odesa region. The claim comes on Frida, as Ukraine's armed forces allege its air defence unit brought the aircraft down as it targeted Ukrainian military infrastructure. No fatalities have been reported in connection with the claim, as the Russian pilot is reported to have ejected from the plane.

Russian forces seize Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

Russian forces have allegedly seized the Enerhodar nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia. The development comes after Russian shelling triggered a fire to break out at the site earlier this morning, which was extinguished by Ukrainian firefighting forces. Station personnel reportedly continue to remain on site to monitor the state of power units. The site is Europe's largest nuclear power plant. 

Rockets hit residential buildings in Luhansk

Residential buildings have reportedly been hit by rocket strikes in the Severodonetsk area of Luhansk. Multiple buildings are said to have been hit, although no casualties have immediately been reported. Heavy fighting continues throughout the wider Luhansk area.

Shelling triggers fire at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant

Russian shelling near a nuclear power plant has triggered a fire to break out at the site on Friday morning. Firefighters secured access to the site in the Enerhodar area of Zaporizhzhia, shortly after shelling stopped at around 05:30 local time, and have since extinguished the fire. There have been no immediate reports of casualties so far. The safety of the nuclear complex is said to have been secured.

Russia agrees need for humanitarian corridors

Russia and Ukraine have reportedly agreed on the need to establish humanitarian corridors for civilians amid ceasefire talks after two delegations met in Belarus on Thursday. The talks made limited progress and came as Russian President Vladimir Putin defended the invasion of Ukraine, claiming it was going to plan so far.

Chernihiv airstrikes kill 22

At least 22 people have allegedly been killed after airstrikes hit residential buildings amid heavy shelling in Chernihiv. The deaths have been reported by Ukraine's emergency state service.

UN warns millions in mortal danger in Ukraine

The UN's human rights chief has warned that tens of millions of people may be in "potentially mortal danger" amid an increasingly violent Russian offensive in Ukraine. Michelle Bachelet has called for an immediate halt to hostilities as he opened an urgent debate at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday. The council is considering establishing a commission of inquiry into alleged human rights violations by Moscow.

Chernihiv oil depot shelled

An oil depot in Chernihiv has apparently been shelled by the Russian forces. The oil deport was struck shortly after 08:00 local time on Thursday morning, with some 3,000 cubic metres of diesel reportedly catching fire as a result. Casualties have not yet been reported.

Kyiv claims Ukrainian forces counter-attacking

Am adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has stated that Ukrainian troops are launching counter-attacks against invading Russian forces as they defend key cities. "We are not only defending but also counter-attacking", said the adviser in a televised briefing on Thursday as he called for international help. Meanwhile, Zelenskyy has said defence lines are holding against Russian attacks.

Bangladeshi sailor killed in Mykolaiv attack

A Bangladeshi sailor has died after a bulk carrier - the Banglar Samriddhi - was hit by a Russian missile on Tuesday. The vessel arrived in the Black Sea port of Olvia, in Mykolaiv, the day before Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine and was unable to leave. The ship's remaining 28 crew members - all Bangladeshi nationals - are said to remain safe.

Mariupol remains under sustained attack

The southern port city of Mariupol remains under heavy fire amid a sustained attack. Moscow has urged civilians to leave the city via a 'green corridor', while a pro-Russian rebel spokesperson has threatened to hit the city with "targeted strikes" unless the Ukrainian forces surrender. An unknown number of casualties have been incurred, feared to be in the hundreds.

‘Massive explosions’ heard in Kyiv

Massive bomb blasts have been heard in Kyiv on Thursday morning. Air raid sirens have been sounding as fighting occurs in the outskirts of the capital. Residents have been advised to seek shelter immediately as Russian forces continue to assault the city. Strikes have been hitting unknown targets in the city, and it remains unclear whether anyone has been hurt or wounded. One explosion is reported to have occurred near Kyiv's central train station. A large 40-mile-long Russian convoy has made little progress in its advance on Kyiv over the last 24 hours.

Strikes hit schools and cathedral in Kharkiv

Russian strikes have hit schools and a cathedral in Kharkiv. At least three schools have been hit, while several shops near the city council building have also been damaged. No injuries have been reported.

Russian forces seize Kherson

The Russian forces have reportedly captured the southern city of Kherson. The key port city is the first major city to fall since the invasion began and is considered a key point of access to the Black Sea - essential for supply lines. The capture of Kherson comes as Russia continues to bombard Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Mariupol.

Second round of Ukraine-Russia talks expected

A second round of Ukraine-Russia talks are expected to take place. The talks come after initial talks were held at the Ukraine-Belarus border on Monday bore no results. Representatives from both sides are due to meet for peace talks on Wednesday evening - it has not been specified where the talks will take place.. More than 2,000 civilians have been killed since Russia began its invasion, Ukrainian authorities have said

Russians repelled from Chernihiv

The Ukrainian military claims to have repelled the Russian forces from Chernihiv city in the northern region. The city has reportedly been struck by rockets after an attempt to capture the city failed. According to reports, rockets hit administrative buildings near the city's main hospital. 

Huge casualties feared in Mariupol

A large number of casualties is feared in the southern port city of Mariupol as it comes under assault from Russian forces. The city has reported hours of continuous shelling on Wednesday, with Deputy Mayor Sergiy Orlov claiming a riverside district of the city has been almost totally destroyed. “We cannot count the number of victims there, but we believe at least hundreds of people are dead", said Orlov, who claimed Russian forces were just a few kilometres out from the city on all sides.

Shelling reported in Lysychans'k

The city of Lysychans'k in the eastern Luhansk region has reportedly come under heavy shelling on Wednesday. Recent reports indicate the shelling has targeted the city's main TV tower, in an attack aimed at disrupting local communications and broadcasts in the area.

Bridge destroyed in Vasylivka

A railway bridge has reportedly been destroyed after being hit by Russian forces in Vasylivka, Zaporizhia. The bridge was apparently struck on Wednesday in what's thought to have been a strategic attack, aimed at cutting off fail services to the south of the region. Local authorities have confirmed the details.

Four killed amid Kharkiv fighting

Four new fatalities have been reported on Wednesday as fighting in Kharkiv intensifies. It's claimed Russian shelling has killed at least four people within the last few hours after a missile struck buildings belonging to the police, the security service, and a local university shortly after 08:00 local time. 

Russian convoy 15 miles from capital

A large convoy of Russian armoured vehicles is estimated to currently be positioned about 15 miles from the capital. The encroachment of the convoy comes as authorities confirm five deaths amid a missile strike which hit a TV tower in the city yesterday.

Mariupol under heavy shelling

The mayor of Mariupol, Vadym Boichenko, has reported that the south-eastern port city - located between Crimea and Donetsk, remains under heavy shelling from Russian forces, who seek to capture it to create a land bridge between Russian forces attacking in southern and eastern parts of Ukraine.  Boichenko stated that the intensity of the attacks had prevented casualties from being evacuated.

Russia claims capture of Kherson

Russia's defence ministry claims it has taken the southern city of Kherson. The claims come as Russian military forces appear to be making more substantial progress in their advances in the south. Kherson's mayor has disputed the claim, saying the city remains under Ukrainian control; however, local authorities say the city is completely surrounded.

Kharkiv shelling death toll rises

At least 21 people have been killed and a further 112 others have also been wounded amid shelling by Russian forces in the north-eastern city of Kharkiv. Reports have also emerged of a new rocket attack n the city, striking the regional police department building and part of Karazin University. Russian paratroopers are alleged to have landed in Kharkiv as part of a continued effort to capture the city.

Russian strike hits near Kyiv TV tower

A Russian airstrike has reportedly hit near a television tower in Kyiv. It has yet to be confirmed whether or not the TV tower - used for broadcasting television and radio across the city - has been directly hit. The strike comes after the Russian defence ministry warned Kyiv residents the Russian forces were preparing to hit targets in the capital.

Russian shelling hits Mariupol

Russian shelling has hit the south-eastern port city of Mariupol, as Russian attempts to capture the city continue. The city has had its power cut as it comes under heavy fire. The Russian forces reportedly hope to take the city to create a land-bridge between troops stationed in the annexed Crimean peninsula in the south, and those based in the separatist-held Donetsk and Luhansk regions in the east.

Indian student killed in Kharkiv shelling

An Indian student has been identified among civilian fatalities killed amid Russian shelling in Kharkiv. A spokesperson for India's ministry of external affairs has confirmed the identification. India’s foreign secretary has met with Russian and Ukrainian envoys to India to reiterate demands “for urgent safe passage for Indian nationals who are still in Kharkiv and cities in other conflict zones”. Meanwhile, a recent missile strike on the central square in Kharkiv is confirmed to have killed at least 10 people and injured another 20.

Separatist forces aim to encircle Mariupol

The leader of the Russian-backed, self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) separatist group has stated that the DPR forces allegedly aim to encircle the southern city of Mariupol as intense fighting continues to rage across parts of Ukraine amid a Russian invasion.  The remarks from DPR leader Denis Pushilin come as Mariupol's mayor said the city was under constant shelling.

Military reports Kherson surrounded

Kherson is reportedly surrounded by Russian troops in southern Ukraine, according to military reports from the area. A ground assault on the city has been launched earlier this morning, with Russian troops said to be setting up checkpoints around the city - which currently remains in Ukrainian hands. The checkpoints have reportedly presented difficulties for food supply routes into the city.

Ukraine claims over 5,700 Russian troops killed

Ukrainian officials have reportedly claimed that over 5,700 Russian troops have been killed during the first five days of  fighting across the country as the Ukrainian forces battle a Russian military invasion. The claim came from a military spokesperson, who said at least 5,710 Russian troop fatalities have been reported and that 198 Russian tanks, 29 planes, 846 armoured vehicles, and 29 helicopters have also been destroyed. The claims have not been independently verified.

Large Russian convoy approaches capital

A large Russian convoy has been approaching the Ukrainian capita, Kyiv, sparking concern a major military assault is to be launched on the city. Unconfirmed reports suggest the huge convoy of Russian armour is reinforcing as it reaches the city, fuelling fears that Russia is laying siege to populated areas using "medieval tactics" - by surrounding them and blockading essential supplies such as food and water. The Hostomel airport has been the scene of fierce fighting, having changed hands multiple times over the last few days.

Strikes hit central Kharkiv

Russian strikes have hit central Kharkiv, targeting government offices in the city centre's Freedom Square. A strike hitting the Regional State Administration building was reported at 08:00 local time. No casualties have been reported yet. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has criticised the strikes as war crimes, claiming they intentionally targeted civilians.

Seventy soldiers killed in Russian strike on Okhtyrka

Around 70 Ukrainian soldiers have reportedly been killed in a Russian artillery strike on the north-eastern city of Okhtyrka, in the Sumy region. Ukrainian officials have confirmed the news on Tuesday morning, saying the deaths are thought to have occurred in a strike on Sunday. Emergency workers are continuing to sift through rubble to find survivors.

Oxygen supplies running low amid Ukraine-Russia war

Reports indicate that oxygen supplies have begun to run dangerously low amid continued fighting following Russia's military invasion of Ukraine. Supplies have run low due to a dramatic increase in casualties and war injuries. Trucks transporting supplies to hospitals have faced significant delays and route disruption.

Dozens killed in Kharkiv rocket strikes

Ukraine's interior ministry adviser Anton Herashchenko claims that dozens of people have been killed in Russian rocket strikes on Kharkiv. “Kharkiv has just been massively fired upon by grads (rockets). Dozens of dead and hundreds of wounded,” Herashchenko claimed on Monday.

President requests fast-track EU membership

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has requested fast-track EU membership, calling on the bloc to immediately admit Ukraine as a member via a special procedure. "Our goal is to be with all Europeans and, most importantly, to be equal", stated Zelenskyy in a speech on Monday, adding he believed Ukraine deserved membership. The remarks come just days after Zelenskyy claimed Ukraine had 'earnt' its right to NATO membership.

Kyiv claims repelled attacks

The Ukrainian forces in Kyiv claim to have repelled Russian attacks on the capital overnight. The attacks reportedly came during the early hours of the morning and targeted Ukrainian defences. It's alleged multiple Russian military columns were deterred, leaving an unknown number of casualties. The reports have not been independently verified. Overall, Ukraine claims to have killed more than 5,000 Russian soldiers in the first four days of fighting.

Russia forces seize Berdyans'k

Ukrainian authorities have reportedly confirmed the capture of Berdyans'k in Zaporizhzhia by Russian forces. It's understood the southern port city was seized by Russian troops during an overnight offensive, with Russian forces taking full control of the area.

Russia claims control of area near Enerhodar nuclear plant

Russian forces have allegedly claimed to have taken control of areas surrounding a nuclear power plant in Enerhodar, Zaporizhzhia. A Russian defence ministry spokesperson stated on Monday that the area around the plant was under Russian control and that radioactive background levels remained normal. Meanwhile, Ukrainian officials have disputed the claim, saying the facility - the largest of its kind in Europe - remains under Ukrainian control.

Chernihiv hit by shelling overnight

The north-eastern city of Chernihiv has been hit by shelling overnight. Russian troops have reportedly targeted the city with heavy shelling over the last 12 hours; however, control of the city is understood to remain in Ukrainian hands.

Kyiv emerges from curfew

The capital city of Kyiv has emerged from a curfew which was imposed over the weekend amid intensified Russian military assault. Explosions continue to be reported in the city, including several blasts which were heard before dawn. 

Delegations to meet on Belarus border

A Ukrainian delegation is set to meet with a Russian delegation at the Ukrainian-Belarusian border, near the Pripyat River. In a statement delivered by Ukraine, all planes, helicopters, and missiles stationed in Belarus will reportedly remain on the ground for the duration of the Ukraine delegation's travel, talks, and return. Neither Belarus or Russia have released a statement yet.

Nova Kakhovka taken by Russian troops

The southern city of Nova Kakhovka has been taken over by Russian troops. The city is strategically located on the Dnieper River and directly supplies the Crimean peninsula with water channels. Russian advances from the south have been the most successful so far, with the southern city of Mykolaiv also coming under attack overnight. Blasts have also hit the city of Kherson. It's claimed the nearby city of Henichesk and the Chornobayivka airfield are also under Russian control.

Six civilians killed in Okhtyrka

Six civilians have been killed in the town of Okhtyrka, in north-eastern Ukraine. The regional mayor has confirmed the death amid clashes with Russian troops on Sunday morning.

Heavy fighting reported in Kharkiv

Heavy fighting has been reported in Kharkiv as Russian troops enter the city on Sunday morning. Local residents have been told to stay off the streets. A loud blast has also been heard in the city after a gas pipeline was hit. At least one civilian woman has been reported dead, while dozens of others were evacuated from a nine-story residential building.

Clashes reported near Odesa

Clashes have been reported near the southern city of Odesa within the last 12 hours as fighting continues across the country amid a Russian invasion attempt. Western and central cities, including Lviv, have also been targeted by missile strikes.

New curfew imposed in Kyiv

New curfew hours have been imposed in Kyiv a continued Russian military assault on the capital city. Effective between the hours of 17:00 and 08:00 local time, the measure replaces a previous 22:00-07:00 curfew. The city's mayor warned civilians than anyone on the streets after curfew faces the risk of being mistaken by the security forces as Russian troops.

Increased attacks reported in Lviv

An increasing number of attacks have apparently targeted the western city of Lviv over the last 12 hours. Russian forces have continued to assault numerous cities across the country as intense fighting rages on amid a nationwide invasion attempt. Unconfirmed reports from Moscow claim Russian forces have taken the southern city of Melitopol, although this has not been verified.

Death toll rises amid continued clashes

The death toll reported by Ukrainian authorities amid continued fighting with Russian troops has risen. A reported total of 198 Ukrainians, including three children, have allegedly been killed, while a further 1,115 people have also been wounded, among them 33 children.


Dozens wounded amid Kyiv fighting

Dozens of people have ben wounded amid fighting in Kyiv, including two children. City mayor Vitali Klitschko claims as many as 35 people have been injured as fighting reaches the streets of the capital. There is currently no major Russian military presence in central Kyiv - instead, Kiltschko claims the fighting has been driven by Russian saboteur groups. The military says it repelled an assault by Russian forces on a base in the city, while missile strikes have hit civilian residential areas, including an apartment building near Kyiv's Zhuliany airport. Casualties have yet to be confirmed as evacuations continue.

Makeshift roadblocks erected around Kyiv

Makeshift roadblocks have reportedly been erected on roads around Kyiv by Ukrainian citizens. The roadblocks comes in an attempt to stall Russian troops advancing on the capital. Some consist of sandbags and concrete slabs, with some manned by self-appointed guards armed with hunting rifles.

Curfew imposed in Lviv

A curfew has been rolled out in the western city of Lviv, effective between the hours of 06:00 and 22:00 local time. Those employed in critical infrastructure will be exempt. Thousands of people have fled to Lviv from areas hit by Russian attacks in the north, east, and south of the country.

Cyberattacks hit Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant

Cyberattacks have reportedly hit the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant in the south of Ukraine. News of the alleged attacks comes from the US defence ministry, which made the claim on Friday. The attacks come as multiple government agencies and banks in Ukraine have also been hit by cyberattacks, thought to be Russian-instigated.

Bulk of Russian troops over 50km from Kyiv

A recently released defence intelligence from the British Ministry of Defence has indicated that, while sporadic clashes have been reported in the northern suburbs of Kyiv, the bulk of Russian forces advancing on the capital remain more than 50km away from the city centre. A column of Russian armoured forces has opened a new route, advancing on Kyiv, having failed to capture Chernihiv. Meanwhile, US defence officials have speculated that the Russian forces have lost momentum, having failed to capture any populated urban areas.

Moscow tells Ukraine army to take power

Russian President Vladimir Putin has told the Ukrainian armed forces to take power into their hands, in an apparent attempt to instigate a pro-Russian military coup d'etat in Ukraine against alleged "Neo-Nazis" in government, by promising a favourable deal. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy - who is Jewish - has dismissed the allegation.

Civilian casualties reported in Maryanivka, Kyiv

Civilian casualties have been reported amid an airstrike by the Russian forces in Myronivka in the Kyiv Oblast. At least four civilian deaths have been reported, while another 15 people have also been wounded amid the strike - further details of which have yet to be confirmed.

Ukrainian forces fortify Kyiv

Ukrainian military vehicles have been entering the capital, Kyiv, ad the armed forces heavily fortifies defence measures in the city to defend it against approaching Russian troops. Ukraine’s interior ministry has confirmed reports, while city mayor Vitali Klitschko has described the capital as having entered into a "defensive phase". The government has called on Kyiv residents to do everything to resist Russian troops, including making Molotov cocktails and taking up arms.

Russian forces surround Chernihiv

Russian troops have reportedly surrounding the northern city of Chernihiv. Russian sources claim to have blocked the city off amid heavy fighting. Russian claims have not been verified, although significant troop movement has been reported in areas around the city, as the Russian forces manoeuvre themselves into a position to attack the nearby capital, Kyiv, in a pincer movement from the east and west.

Russian cruise missile shot down near Vinnytsia

The Ukrainian forces claim to have shot down a Russian cruise missile near Vinnytsia on Friday. Local authorities have reported the downing of the missile; however, the information has not been independently confirmed.

Death toll rises amid Russia conflict

The death toll has risen as intense fighting continues with the Russian forces across much of the country. A total of 57 civilian deaths have now been confirmed among 194 Ukrainian citizens who have died since Russia launched its military assault yesterday morning. It's estimated that around 450 Russian soldiers are thought to have also died amid the fighting so far, although this figure hasn't been confirmed.

Russian forces take airfield near Kyiv

Russian troops have reportedly taken control of an airfield near Kyiv. News of the capture of Hostomel airfield in Antonov - a key air base in the capital region - comes as President Volodymy Zelenskyy appeals to his Russian counterpart to negotiate. It's understood some 200 Russian helicopters and a landing force were used to seize it. The Russian defence ministry claims that 200 Ukrainian special unit personnel have been killed, but that there were no Russian losses.

Thirteen border guards killed on Zmiinyi Island

Thirteen Ukrainian border guards stationed on Zmiinyi Island have been confirmed dead. The island is located in the Black Sea and it's been reported that the border guards were killed under fire from a Russian warship after refusing to surrender on Thursday.

President accuses European leaders of inaction

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused European leaders of not doing enough to prevent or slow Russian troop advances in Ukraine. Zelenskyy claimed European leaders were guilty of inaction and has called on citizens across Europe to launch protests in a bid to pressure their governments into more decisive action. The comments are widely seen as an attempt to rally Western armies to support Ukraine.

US to consider remote Ukrainian forces training

The US is said to be considering ways to train the Ukrainian forces remotely. US defence officials are also understood to be looking into providing Kyiv with more defence equipment - although Russian troop advances have hindered logistic possibilities. Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin has stated that the US will support the government in Kyiv for as long as it remains "viable".

Missile hits Bucha residential area, Kyiv

A missile, fired by Russian forces, has reportedly hit a residential area in Bucha, north-west of Kyiv. No casualties figures have been confirmed in connection with the strike, but are thought possible. The hit comes as Russian troops have entered northern parts of the capital. Unconfirmed reports claim a Russian tank ran over an occupied civilian car in Obolon - the driver was allegedly injured but rescued from the wreckage. Moscow has warned Ukraine's army to lay down arms before any talks can take place.

Armoured Russian columns en route to Kyiv

Armoured columns of Russian reinforcements are said to be en route to Kyiv as the situation there worsens. The capital has come under heavy air and ground assault over the last 24 hours as Moscow attempts to take the city. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on all residents to take up arms and fight, regardless of age - meaning there are likely to be major casualties amid heavy clashes and fierce resistance when the forces arrive in the capital later today.

Cyber-attacks target Ukraine websites

Ukrainian websites have been hit by more cyber-attacks as Russia launches a full-scale invasion. The Ukrainian government has called the attacks unprecedented, saying they are "on a completely different level". Several banks and government department have been affected by distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, while a new "wiper" attacks (where data is destroyed) has also been discovered, targeting Ukrainian organisations. They are the most sophisticated cyber-attacks to target Ukraine to date.

Russia claims protection of Chernobyl

The Russian Defence Ministry has released a statement detailing what is widely being dismissed as propaganda, as it claims the Russian troops are protecting the former nuclear power plant complex in Chernobyl, Ukraine, from alleged 'terrorists'. Moscow has claimed its troops are holding the site to protect it from being used to stage a 'nuclear provocation' by "nationalistic groups and other terrorist organisations". 

President orders mobilisation of population

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has signed a decree on the general mobilisation of the population. The decree calls on all citizens can bear arms to do so, and join efforts to defend the country from invasion. Men of military age have also now been prevented from leaving the country. An update on Friday morning now calls for all civilians, regardless of age, to join the armed forces.

Russian forces enter northern Kyiv

Russian forces are reported to have entered the northern Obolon district of Kyiv, as tanks advance through the area. The district is about 5.5 miles north of the city centre. Residents wanting to fight have been encouraged to throw Molotov cocktails, while peaceful residents have been encouraged to stay inside and seek shelter. The Ukrainian army continues to engage in intense fighting throughout the outskirts of the capital in the Dymer and Ivankiv areas. A bridge over the Teteriv River has been destroyed in an attempt to impede Russian advances. Russia is estimated to have lost 450 personnel so far. Russia is also estimated to have bombed 33 civilian sites over the  last 24 hours.

Russian aircraft downed over Kyiv

Ukrainian forces claim to have downed a Russian aircraft over Kyiv on Friday morning. The aircraft is reported to have crashed into a residential building, causing a fire to break out. Details of the incident have been confirmed by an adviser to the interior minister. The update comes as Russian soldiers continue attempts to advance on the capital.

Missile strike hits Zaporizhzhia border post

A missile strike has reportedly hit a border post in the south-eastern Zaporizhzhia region on Friday. The strike hit during the early hours of the morning, killing and wounding an unspecified number of border guards. The Ukrainian border guard service has confirmed the strike.

Air raid sirens sound in Lviv

Air raid sirens have been sounded in the western city of Lviv. The mayor of Lviv has reportedly told residents to take shelter. Located near the border with neighbouring Poland, multiple land evacuation operation efforts have based themselves in the city. Many Western diplomats also relocated to Lviv from Kyiv in the days leading up to the invasion. The city has so far not seen heavy fighting; however, missile strikes have targeted airports near Lutsk and Rivne.

President claims Russian troop advance halted

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has claimed that the Russian troops have largely been stopped from advancing in most directions. The claim was delivered in a televised speech by the President on Friday morning, during which Zelenskyy also confirmed that Russia's forces had resumed missile strikes at 04:00 local time. The latest missile strikes have allegedly been aimed at both military and civilian targets.

Russian strikes hit Kyiv overnight

Russian strikes have been hitting the capital city of Kyiv overnight, with several large explosions heard in the city as Russian forces carry out missile attacks. At least one apartment building has been badly damaged - three people are believed to have been injured. There have also been increasing reports of gunfire being heard in the capital as Russian troops aim to capture the capital. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has appealed to Russia for a ceasefire and urged Western allies to do more to intervene.

Kyiv updates death toll

Officials in Kyiv have updated a confirmed death toll amid intense fighting after Russian troops launched a military assault on parts of Ukraine earlier today. Some 57 Ukrainians have reportedly been killed, while 169 have been wounded. The national health system is currently said to be unstable - those able to receive outpatient care have been asked to vacate hospital beds.

Chernobyl power plant taken by Russian forces

The Russian forces have captured the former nuclear power plant complex in Chernobyl following fierce fighting in the area. Recent reports show Russian troops erecting a Russian flag over the site. Intense clashes continue around the site.

Fighting intensifies near Kyiv after Russian troops take airbase

Fighting has intensified in the outskirts of Kyiv after Russian airborne troops took control of an airbase and airport. Ukrainian government forces have engaged with ground troops in a bid to retake Antonov airbase as President Volodymyr Zelenskyy vows to push back Russian troops from the airport.

Mariupol under heavy fire

The port city of Mariupol has come under heavy fire, with hundreds of explosions reported. Located near the frontline held by Russian-backed separatists in Donetsk, taking the city would be a major advantage to Russia as it would help secure a direct land route to Crimean peninsula, which was annexed by Russia in 2014.

Authorities urge blackouts as night falls

Authorities in cities across Ukraine have reportedly issued instructions to residents, urging them not to use their lights as night falls. The blackout advisory comes as attacks by the Russian air force and military continue to barrage cities throughout the country. The advisory aims to minimise the likelihood of civilian areas being targeted and hit by Russian missile strikes. So far, strikes have predominantly targeted military positions. Officials in Kyiv indicate dozens were killed within the first hours of the invasion, including up to 10 civilians and 40 soldiers. The International Committee of the Red Cross (IRCR) has warned of potentially "massive casualty figures".

Intense fighting reported near Chernobyl

Intense fighting has been reported near Chernobyl as Ukrainian forces battle Russian troops. Recent reports indicate the Russian troops aim to capture the former nuclear power plant there. 

Curfew imposed in Kyiv

A night-time curfew has been imposed in the capital city of Kyiv. The order has been issued by the mayor, Vitali Klitschko, in response to a military assault by Russian troops. The move comes after recent footage has emerged of long tail backs amid traffic jams on road out of the capital as hoards of Kyiv residents attempt to flee the city.

Russian helicopter downed near Kyiv

Verified footage has emerged of a Russian military helicopter downed amid fighting at Hostomel airport, near Kyiv. The video comes as Ukrainian commander in chief Lieutenant General Valerii Zaluzhnyi has confirmed the armed forces are battling Russian troops for control of the airport - the country's most important international cargo airport and a key military base. Border officials have also confirmed Russian forces are using rockets in attempts to penetrate the Kyiv region, as well as the Zhytomyr region on the Belarusian border. So far, Russia's attack strategy has been to encircle Ukraine's military assets by using aerial and missile strikes to target critical defence infrastructure before deploying ground troops. 

Military airfield in Kharkiv hit by suspected missile

A military airfield near Chuguev in the Kharkiv region of eastern Ukraine is thought to have been hit by a suspected missile strike, after black smoke has been seen rising from the airbase. Footage of the base has appeared online and has been verified; however, further details have yet to be confirmed. The development comes as Russia claims to have destroyed 74 above-ground military infrastructure facilities in Ukraine, including 11 aerodromes. Ukraine's police force has confirmed attacks are taking place nationwide.

Six killed in missile strikes in Brovary

Six fatalities have been reported in the town of Brovary - located just outside of the capital, Kyiv. The fatalities have allegedly been incurred as a result of a series of missile strikes which were recently conducted in the area by Russian forces. News of the strikes come as numerous Ukrainian military command centres have also been targeted by Russian missiles.

Intelligence HQ hit by missile

Black smoke has been seen rising from the defence intelligence headquarters in Kyiv following a suspected missile strike. The building appears to remain intact, with the smoke rising from a large fire next to the building. Ukrainian military authorities have also reported that some of its military command centres have been hit by Russian missile strikes.

Separatist leader suspends evacuations

Denis Pushilin - the Russian-backed leader of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) separatist group in eastern Ukraine - has stated that the evacuation of the territory’s residents to Russia has now been suspended. The development comes as reports indicate an intense escalation in fighting throughout the region.

Mariupol reports three civilian deaths

The Mayor of Mariupol, Vadym Boychenko, has reported the deaths of at least three civilians amid Russian military attacks in the city. Boychenko claims three people have died and six others have also been injured after Russian forces launched an attack on the city, targeting the main airport and nearby villages as well. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has also reported the deaths of at least 40 Ukrainian armed forces amid fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Citizens called upon to fight

Ukraine's president has called upon the country's citizens to fight, joining the military in efforts to defend Ukraine from Russian military advances. Citizens who come forward will be issued weapons by the government forces. Meanwhile, the president has also called on Russian nationals residing in Ukraine to protest against Moscow's invasion attempt. Kyiv has officially broken diplomatic ties with Russia.

Ukraine claims dozens of Russian forces killed

Ukraine’s military has issued claims on Thursday morning, alleging that dozens of Russian military personnel have reportedly been killed amid fighting in eastern Ukraine. Officials purport that some 50 Russian forces have been killed and six Russian warplanes destroyed amid fighting in the rebel-held areas of Donetsk and Luhansk - where Russian troops have been deployed amid an apparent invasion attempt.

Kyiv requests Turkish closure of Black Sea waterways

Ukrainian officials in Kyiv have submitted a request to Turkey to close Black Sea waterways to Russian warships. Kyiv's ambassador to Ankara stated on Thursday, that a request had specifically been made to Turkey to close the Dardanelles and Bosphorus straits. Turkey shares a maritime border with Ukraine and Russia in the Black Sea and has control over the straits, with the ability to limit warship passages during wartime, or if threatened. 

Civilian flights suspended

All civilian flight operations have been suspended in Ukraine following the launch of a military assault on the country by Russia on Thursday morning. Explosions and missile strikes have been reported in multiple major cities, including near the capital's main airport. Air traffic services have confirmed the closure of the country's airspace, having suspended all flights during the early hours of the morning due to the "high risk of aviation safety for civil aviation".

Ukraine declares martial law

Ukraine has declared martial law in response to a Russian military invasion of eastern Ukraine. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has also released a statement, urging international sanctions to devastate Russia, including banning the country from the international bank transfer system, Swift. Ukraine's armed forces claim to have shot down a Russian aircraft - a claim Moscow has denied. Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged Ukraine to lay down weapons, claiming Russia was acting in self-defence. Explosions and missile strikes have been reported in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Kramatorsk, Ivano Frankivsk, Dnipro, Odessa, and Mariupol. Russian military convoys have crossed Ukrainian borders in Chernihiv, Sumy, Luhansk, Kharkiv, and Crimea.

Air raid sirens heard in Kyiv

Air raid sirens have been heard in the capital city of Kyiv following the launch of a Russian military assault on parts of eastern Ukraine on Thursday morning. Explosions have also been heard in the city and in parts of the outskirts, while gunfire has also been reported near the capital's main airport, Boryspil International Airport. Mobile connectivity and telecommunications in the capital have also been affected in some areas, while hoards of people have allegedly been queuing at ATMs to withdraw emergency cash. Long traffic jams are blocking roads out of the city as people try to flee, while some have sought shelter in metro stations. Ukrainian air force officials claim to be fighting off an air attack by Russia; however, Russia's defence ministry claims to have "suppressed" Ukraine's air defence.

Seven killed in Russian bombings

Seven people have reportedly been killed following bombing in the Odessa and Mariupol areas on Thursday morning. Ukrainian police claim the attacks were carried out by Russian military units in Podilsk - near Odessa - and in the city of Mariupol. Six fatalities were reported in Podilsk while at least seven others are also understood to have been wounded and 19 others remain unaccounted for. Another fatality was reported in Mariupol. There have been widespread reports of missile strikes and explosion in major towns and cities throughout the Donetsk and Luhansk regions following the deployment of Russian troops to the areas.

Reports of Luhansk border settlements captured

Reports have emerged of several border settlements in Luhansk being captured by Russian troops on Thursday. The news comes just hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a military assault on the rebel-held area in eastern Ukraine. It's believed the settlements of Milove and Gorrodishche are now run by Russian troops and Russian-backed separatist forces. Russian troops are also reported to have entered Odessa and Mariupol, where power outages have also been reported.

Russia launches 'full-scale invasion' of Ukraine

Russia has launched a major military assault on Ukraine on Thursday morning, with reports of missile strikes and explosions hitting major cities. Russian President Vladimir Putin has threatened "instant" retaliation to outside interference and has urged Ukrainian soldiers in eastern Ukraine to lay down their weapons. Ukraine's foreign minister has accused Putin of starting a full-scale war, and has called on the UN to intervene, fearing the assault could lead to a wider war on the continent. The US and NATO have both backed Ukraine.

Cyberattack hits banks and ministries

A cyberattack has reportedly hit Ukrainian banks and government ministries on Wednesday. A large-scale distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack has been detected, targeting multiple Ukrainian institutions, including the health, veterans, and foreign ministries, along with several banks. Affected government institution websites have been taken offline as a result of the attack, which comes after warnings of likely cyberattacks. 

State of emergency declared

A 30-day state of emergency has been declared in Ukraine amid an escalating crisis in the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. The country's national security council has announced plans for an initial declaration, although the move has yet to be approved by parliament. The state of emergency would apply to all regions except Donetsk and Luhansk, where Russian-backed separatist rebels have been engaged in a years-long conflict with teh Ukrainian forces. Ukraine has also urged all citizens living in Russia to leave the country immediately.

Blast hits Luhansk bus depot

An explosion has reportedly occurred at a bus depot in Luhansk. Recent reports claim the blast happened during the early hours of Wednesday morning, at around 04:15 local time, at a trolleybus depot in Luhansk city. The Joint Centre for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire has released a statement confirming the explosion - stating that no casualties have been reported in connection with the incident. It's believed the blast came from an explosive device, although further details have yet to be clarified.

Soldier killed in Donbas ceasefire violation

A Ukrainian armed forces soldier has allegedly been killed, while six others have also been reported injured, following recent ceasefire violations in the Donbas region. Military officials reported the casualties on Tuesday, claiming they were incurred during a recent round of around 96 recorded cases of ceasefire violations by Russian-backed separatist rebels in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Rating change from Moderate to High

The risk rating for Ukraine has changed due to recent developments as tensions mount between Ukraine and Russia over the increased risk of war following a Russian military invasion of rebel-held areas in eastern Ukraine on 22 February 2022.

Russian troops to enter Ukraine

Russian troops have been ordered to enter rebel-held regions in eastern Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin has given the order on Tuesday morning, just hours after recognising the two rebel-held areas in Donetsk and Luhansk as independent states. Russia claims the troops will engage in peacekeeping operations - a claim the US has dismissed as a "nonsense" false pretext for war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russia of wilfully violating its sovereignty.

Increased Donbas ceasefire violations sparks concern

An increase in the number of ceasefire violations being reported in recent weeks has sparked concern in Donbas. International monitors from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) indicate hundreds of ceasefire violations were recorded in their latest report, covering 17-18 February. Unconfirmed reports suggest there has been a further escalation in artillery fire across the so-called 'contact line', which divides government-controlled and separatist-run areas.

Airlines cancel flights over invasion fears

Multiple international airlines have begun cancelling flights to Ukraine over continued fears of a Russian military invasion. Among countries seeing flights cancelled include France and Germany, with Air France and Lufthansa both pulling flight services to Ukraine. Other major European airlines have announced similar measures, including suspensions and scale backs amid security concerns. The Ukrainian government has clarified that the country's airspace remains open.

Shelling reported in Donbas

Shelling and artillery fire has been reported in the Donbas region overnight. Several ceasefire violations were reportedly recorded in four settlements in Luhansk during the early hours of Thursday morning, while shelling was also reported in close proximity to the village of Elenovka, near Donetsk International Airport. No casualties have been reported following either incident.

Protest reported in Kyiv

A protest has reportedly been held in central Kyiv on Thursday. The demonstration has been taking place to protest for the rights of entrepreneurs. The rally allegedly started at Independence Square and saw protesters march towards European Square. Another group of protesters also demonstrated outside the Verkhovna Rada but were promptly dispersed by law enforcement.  Demonstrations in the city are expected to continue throughout Thursday, including a potential protest march to the UK embassy.

Doubt surrounds Russian troop withdrawal

Doubt surrounds the issue of whether or not Russia has followed through on its stated intention to withdraw some troops from the border area with Ukraine. Moscow announced plans to pull back troops which had completed military drills as tensions remain high over a feared Russian invasion of Ukraine. Meanwhile, Ukraine's foreign minister stated on Twitter, that "if a real withdrawal follows these statements, we will believe in the beginning of a real de-escalation". The developments came just hours before the defence ministry reported a cyber attack which hacked its websites, and targeted operations at two major banks. The origin of the attacks has yet to be confirmed; however, previous such attacks have been linked to Russia.

Russian invasion fears grow as foreigners flee

Fears of a Russian military invasion of Ukraine have grown as foreign nationals are increasingly urged to leave the country. So far, over a dozen countries, including the US and the UK, have advised their citizens to leave amid warnings of an 'imminent' invasion risk. Russia has continued to deny plans to invade, despite unprecedented troop build-up in border regions. Meanwhile, Ukraine's president has underplayed the risk, suggesting Western countries should focus more on diplomatic efforts than scaremongering. Ukraine has called for a meeting with Russia within the next 48 hours for an explanation and transparency about Russia's build-up of troops.

UK and US nationals told to leave Ukraine

The UK Foreign Office has said that British nationals in Ukraine should leave immediately. The government said people should use commercial transport, while it is still available, and it has advised against travel to the country. The warning comes after US President Joe Biden said that US citizens should also leave Ukraine over fears of an imminent Russian invasion. An estimated 100,000 Russian troops have been deployed near the border between the two countries, although Moscow has repeatedly denied that it has plans to invade.

Odessa shooting kills one

A person has been confirmed dead following a recent shooting incident in Odessa. According to recent local reports, the incident occurred during the early hours of Monday morning, at around 03:00 local time, on Chernyvshevs'koho Street. The victim has been identified as a 21-year-old male, who is believed to have been shot dead by a 35-year-old woman. It's understood the shooting arose from a conflict between the two. The woman has since been detained and faces charges linked to premeditated murder and could face up to 15 years in jail.

UK PM visits Ukraine for talks

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has arrived in Ukraine for a visit which has been arranged in order for him to attend talks with his Ukrainian counterpart. The talks come amid rising concerns over a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine. Johnson has vowed to work alongside Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to resolve tensions with Moscow through diplomacy.

Russia-Ukraine clash at UN Security Council

Tensions have risen as world powers have clashed over the mounting issue of Russia and Ukraine at a UN Security Council meeting. Russian and US envoys reportedly exchanged heated words at the meeting, which was called to discuss Moscow's troop build-up on Ukrainian borders and increasing global concern over a possible invasion attempt. A Russian envoy accused the US of fomenting hysteria and interference in Russian affairs. In response, the UK and the US warned of further sanctions in the event of an invasion. The sanctions would be wide-reaching and could effectively cut off many Kremlin officials from the international financial system. 

US warns of imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine

US President Joe Biden has warned that an imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine could be on the cards. US officials have indicated that intelligence suggests an incursion could take place next month. Meanwhile, Russia has continued to denied plans for invasion but recently stated there was "little ground for optimism" in resolving the mounting crisis through diplomatic means following the US' rejection of Moscow's demands. The build-up of some 100,000 Russian troops along the Ukrainian border first stirred yo international concerns last month.

Soldier shoots five in Dnipro factory

A National Guard conscript has reportedly shot five people dead amid a shooting incident in a factory. The incident occurred in the eastern city of Dnipro, with the 21-year-old soldier identified as Artemiy Ryabchuk. According to reports, Ryabchuk opened fire as guard  members were being issued weapons at the Pivdenmash aerospace plant in the early hours of Thursday morning. While five fatalities have been confirmed, another five people were also injured. Ryabchuk is reported to have fled the scene immediately after the attack, but was found and arrested a short while after. The motive remains unclear as investigations continue.

Western powers on alert over Russia-Ukraine tensions

Western powers, including the US, have indicated troops are on alert over escalating invasion fears as Russian-Ukraine tensions continue to mount. Amid crisis talks on Monday, Western leaders agreed to "swift" and "unprecedented" sanctions against Russia in the event of an invasion attempt. Some 8,500 US troops have been placed on alert, with Western leaders agreeing on international unity. Russia has continued to deny plans of an incursion, despite amassing some 100,000 troops near Ukraine's border region. 

UK warns of plot to install pro-Moscow ally

The UK has warned of an alleged plot by Russia to install a pro-Moscow ally to lead the Ukrainian government. The UK Foreign Offices has claimed the Russian President Vladimir Putin aims to install former Ukrainian MP Yevhen Murayev as a potential pro-Kremlin candidate. The reports come as Russia-Ukraine tensions continue to mount as Russia moves 100,000 troops to their shared border. Moscow has continued to deny accusations of a planned invasion.

British embassy staff withdrawing from Kyiv

Some UK embassy staff have begun to be withdrawn from the British embassy in Kyiv amid warnings of a Russian invasion. The move to extract approximately half of the embassy's workforce in Kyiv comes as the US has ordered relatives of American embassy workers to leave the country, warning a Russian invasion could occur spontaneously. There have been no specific threats to embassy workers or foreign nationals by Russia, which continues military build-up in border regions, despite repeated denials of any plans to invade.

UK claims Kremlin plot to install pro-Russian government

The UK has accused Russia of trying to install a pro-Kremlin government in Ukraine. The Foreign Office said in a statement Russian intelligence officers had identified former parliamentarian Yevgen Murayev as a potential candidate. "The information being released today shines a light on the extent of Russian activity designed to subvert Ukraine, and is an insight into Kremlin thinking," said UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss. Russia has rejected the allegations and said the UK was "circulating disinformation."

Concerns raised over possible Russian invasion

International concern remains heightened over a possible Russian military invasion of the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine. On Friday, US President Joe Biden stated that he fears Russian President Vladimir Putin will "move in" on Ukraine but still holds out hope that a "full-blown war" could yet be avoided. Biden also warned that Moscow would pay a "serious and dear price" for any invasion attempt, threatening a swift and severe response from the West.

UK sending weapons to defend Ukraine

The UK is understood to be sending weapons to Ukraine to aid military defence amid heightening tensions along the Ukrainian-Russian border. UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace stated that Britain will supply Ukraine with short-range anti-tank missiles for self-defence.  A small team of British troops will also be sent to provide training. The deployment comes after Russia amassed about 100,000 troops in border regions, sparking international concern over a possible invasion.

Cyber-attack hits government websites

Ukrainian government websites have reportedly been targeted by a cyber-attack. More than a dozen government and embassy websites apparently have gone down on Friday, after being hit by a cyber-attack. Foreign and education ministry websites have been identified among those hit, as well as websites for the UK, US, and Swedish embassies in Ukraine. Shortly before the sites went down, a message allegedly appeared warning Ukrainians to "prepare for the worst" and claiming personal data of Ukrainians had been disseminated on the internet. Officials have stated that no personal data has been leaked and no website content compromised so far. A number of sites have been suspended to prevent the attack spreading. It remains unclear who is behind the attack; however, similar attacks in the past have originated from Russia and the attack comes during a time of heightened tensions between the two nations.

Three killed in hospital fire, Kosiv

At least three people have been killed in a fire at a hospital in western Ukraine. Four others were wounded in the blaze in Kosiv, which was reportedly caused by a candle that was lit in memory of a patient who recently died of Covid-19. The local prosecutor's office is investigating the incident.

G7 issues warning to Russia over Ukraine

Following the G7 summit held in Liverpool, the group's leaders have told Russia to “de-escalate” its military presence along the Ukrainian border. The G7 has warned that an invasion of Ukraine would have “massive consequences.” Earlier this week US President Joe Biden warned his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, that there would be "economic consequences like none he's seen before" if he invaded Ukraine. Russia has accused Ukraine of provocation and said the war in the east of the country "looks like genocide."

Russian president likens Donbas war to genocide

Russian President Vladimir Putin has compared the Donbas war zone in Ukraine where pro-Russian rebels are fighting Ukrainian forces to genocide. Russian-backed rebels have been clashing with Ukrainian troops since 2014 in the disputed region; however, tensions have heightened in recent weeks following a Russian military build-up at the border, sparking fears of a planned Russian attempt to invade. Russia has denied invasion plans but has hardened its rhetoric over the situation, accusing Ukraine of provocation.

Belarus President recognises Crimea as Russian territory

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko has recognised the annexed region of Crimea as Russian territory. Previously, Minsk has held back from recognising the disputed territory as belonging to either Russia or Ukraine; however, in a recent interview, Lukashenko stated that "Crimea is de facto Russian, and after the referendum, Crimea became de jure Russian". The move places Belarus even more at odds with the rest of Europe and comes amid heightened international concerns surrounding a possible Russian invasion of the region.

Two detained over school shooting threats

Two students have been arrested after allegedly threatening to carry out a mass shooting at a school in Cherkasy. The arrests were made on Wednesday after concerning social media posts were reported to the authorities. The students were reportedly found in the possession of two firearms, which they had allegedly been planning to use in the attack on their fellow students.

Western powers back Ukraine amid invasion fears

Western countries have publicly backed Ukraine amid growing international concern surrounding a potential invasion by Russia. Western powers have urged Russia to lower tensions with Ukraine and have backed Kyiv against any threats from Moscow following recent military build-up at the Russian border, promising to use all tools at their disposal to avoid an aggression. 

Russian troops deployed along Ukraine border, US confirms

An official from the US government has confirmed that Russia is carrying out a plan which will see an estimated 175,000 soldiers deployed along the Ukrainian border. Half of the soldiers are reportedly already deployed. US President Joe Biden has pledged to make it “very, very difficult” for Vladimir Putin to take military action against Ukraine, as US intelligence details a possible military offensive that could begin as early as 2022.

Russian troop build-up continues on front line

A build-up of Russian troops has continued on the Ukrainian front line in the Donetsk and Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine. The increased deployment of Russian military presence in the region has sparked international concern, with NATO and the US both expressing worries over the escalation in troop deployment - leading to speculation Russian forces may be preparing to launch an invasion attempt.

Protests held in Kyiv

Protests against Covid-19 pandemic measures are being held in the capital city of Kyiv. The demonstrations have got underway in the capital on Wednesday, as protesters rally against the government's pandemic restrictions, as well as the national vaccination strategy. The protests have been taking place since 10:00 local time, outside the Verkhovna Rada building.

Five killed in Dnipro fire

Five fatalities have been reported after a fire broke out at a care home in Dnipro. The blaze allegedly broke out on Tuesday, at a care home for elderly citizens in Dnipro's Central district. According to recent local reports, initial investigations following the fire indicate firefighters suspect the blaze was caused by a short circuit in the building. Accident investigations remain ongoing.

NATO warn Russia over military build-up near Ukraine

NATO has issued a warning to Russia over military build-up near the Russia-Ukraine border. NATO officials have warned Russia to be transparent about military plans following an unusual increase in troops along the border region. The warning comes amid speculation that Russia could be planning to launch a military invasion on Ukraine, although Moscow has dismissed such fears as rumours. In response, the Kremlin has issued complaints regarding an alleged increase in NATO activities in the region.

Ceasefire violations reported in Donetsk

Multiple ceasefire violations have been reported in the Donetsk region over the last 24 hours. In total nine incidents of artillery fire were recorded, in the Donetsk and Luhansk areas. No casualties have been reported as a result of the violations, which allegedly occurred in the Mar'inka and Zaitseve areas of Donetsk and in Luhansk's Popasna area.

Soldier killed in Donetsk

A Ukrainian armed forces soldier has reportedly been killed amid recent ceasefire violations in Donetsk. The violations were recorded in the following areas overnight: Avdiyivka, Novoluhansk, Pavlopil, Svitlodarsk, and Vodiane. A total of 11 ceasefire violations were reported, leaving one Ukrainian soldier mortally wounded. No other casualties have been incurred following the latest firings.

Shelling kills one in Donetsk

One Ukrainian armed forces soldier has reportedly been killed and a second soldier has also been injured in a recent shelling incident which occurred in Donetsk. The shelling was conducted sometime within the last 24 hours and allegedly targeted Ukrainian military positions throughout parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk areas, including in Novozvanivka in Luhansk and in Granitny, Troisky, and Pavlopol in Donetsk.

Cherkasy shooting leaves one dead

A shooting incident which recently occurred in Cherkasy has reportedly left at least one person dead. The shooting apparently occurred on Wednesday in the Baidy Vyshnevets'koho Street area of Cherkasy. The person was reportedly shot dead by an unidentified armed attacker who seemingly managed to flee the scene immediately after the attack. No arrests have been made so far as police continue to investigate possible motives.

Presidential advisor targeted in assassination

A presidential advisor has allegedly been targeted in a recent assassination attempt in Kyiv. According to local reports, the attempted assassination took place on Wednesday morning, when gunfire was aimed at presidential advisor Serhiy Shefir's vehicle. The attack took place in the Lisnyky area of the capital. While Shefir's driver has sustained injuries, Shefir escaped the incident unharmed. Investigations have been launched; however, no arrest have been made so far.

Two soldiers killed in clashes with separatists

Two Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 10 others wounded in clashes with pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Donetsk region. In a statement on Sunday, the army said separatists had used large-calibre artillery, grenades and drones to target troops. At least 52 Ukrainian soldiers and more than 30 separatist fighters have died so far this year.

IS suspect detained in Odessa

A suspected member of the Islamic State (IS) has reportedly been detained by the Ukrainian authorities in Odessa. The arrest was apparently made on Thursday during a security forces operation. It's claimed the suspect is wanted by Interpol on terror-related charges. Recent reports suggest the detained individual is believed to have been linked to activities with the intention of financing terrorism.

Ukraine denies reports of hijacked Afghan plane

Both Ukraine and Iran have denied reports claiming a Ukrainian plane was hijacked in Afghanistan and flown to Iran. The claims appear to have originally been made by Ukraine's deputy foreign minister Yevhenii Yenin, who was talking to a Ukrainian radio host when he said: "the plane was practically stolen from us, it flew into Iran with an unidentified group of passengers onboard instead of airlifting Ukrainians". In response to the comments, the Iranian Civil Aviation Authority denied the claim, but confirmed a Ukrainian plane was refuelled in Mashad before continuing its journey to Kyev. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has also denied the report, stating "there are no captured Ukrainian planes in Kabul or elsewhere. The information about the 'captured plane' that is being circulated by some media outlets is not true".

Seven nationalists detained in Kyiv incident

Seven radical nationalists have allegedly been detained following an incident in Kyiv. The incident occurred on Tuesday on Instytutska Street, where seven members of the radical nationalist group, National Corps, allegedly vandalised and destroyed an open-air installation. The installation was dedicated to the history of Ukrainian during the Soviet Period and included Soviet-era pieces on display, such as Soviet vending machines. The attack was reportedly motivated by the presence of these pieces.

Heavy rain triggers floods in Kerch

Floods have been triggered in Kerch, following recent heavy rainfall in the Crimea region. Several streets have apparently been flooded overnight, impacting local public transport services and leading to some general disruption. Weather warnings for heavy rainfall remain in place throughout the duration of Monday. Local authorities have identified the following areas as the worst-affected, advising residents to find alternative routes: Eremenko Street, Kirov Street, and Samoilenko Street. 

Belarusian activist found dead in Kyiv park

A police investigation has been launched in Kyiv after the body of a Belarusian activist was discovered in a park in the capital. Vitaly Shishov's body was apparently found in a park near his home on Tuesday morning, having been reported missing the day before. Concerns over the activist's whereabouts were raised when he failed to return home from a run. No suspects have been identified and no arrests have been made so far as police continue to investigate all possibilities, including murder disguised as suicide. Shishov ran a Kyiv-based organisation helping Belarusians flee persecution.

Sheparivtsi plane crash kills four

Four people have died after a light aircraft crashed in Sheparivtsi, Ivano-Frankivsk. According to local reports, the accident occurred on Wednesday afternoon at around 13:40 local time. A fire apparently broke out at the site of the crash which firefighting crews managed to bring under control relatively quickly, extinguishing the fire completely by 15:00. The deceased have been identified as the pilot, along with three passengers. Investigations into the cause of the crash have been launched.

World Wide Rallies to take place

Several World Wide Rally for Freedom events are due to take place in several major towns and cities tomorrow. The demonstrations are expected to be staged between 13:00 and 16:00 local time on Saturday 24 July in the capital city of Kyiv, as well as in Lviv and Odessa. In Kyiv, the event will take place in Mykhailivs'ka Square. In Lviv, another demonstration is scheduled to be held in Rynok Square, while a third event will also be staged in the Prymorski Boulevard area of Odessa. The demonstrations come as part of the World Wide Demonstration campaign to stand up for five freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of movement, freedom of choice, freedom of assembly, and freedom of health.

Protesters block traffic in Schaslyvtseve

Protesters in Schalyvtseve, Kherson Oblast, have reportedly blocked traffic as part of a demonstration, leading to disruption through the area. The protest was organised by local residents from Schaslyvtseve and Gengorka to call for frequent power cuts to be fixed. Protesters congregated on the highway next to the local administration building late on Monday evening to demand a resolution.

Zaporizhzhia shooting kills one

A fatal shooting incident which recently occurred in the city of Zaporizhzhia has allegedly left one victim dead. Local sources indicate the deadly shooting happened during the early hours of Sunday morning, when the police were called out to respond to reports of gunfire on Mayakovs'koho Avenue. The victim was apparently confirmed dead at the scene. No arrests have been made thus far and the motive currently remains undetermined as investigations get underway.

Artillery fire reported in Donetsk

Reports of artillery fire have recently emerged from the Donetsk region, where it's claimed Russian-backed rebels have exchanged fire with the Ukrainian armed forces. The gunfire reportedly occurred within the last 48 hours but left no casualties on either side. Local reports claim artillery fire hit civilian settlements in several areas.

Russian troops to be pulled back from near Ukraine

Russia is due to pull its troops back from near the Ukrainian border. The news comes after weeks of tension over a build-up of Russian troops close to Ukraine's border, with the EU estimated at one stage that more than 100,000 Russian soldiers had been deployed near the border, as well as in Crimea. Russia described the deployment as "snap checks", stating that troops were now to be withdrawn and returned to base having achieved their objective: "to demonstrate their ability to provide a credible defence for the country". In response to the build-up, Ukrainian troop number were also bolstered, prompting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to challenge Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet him in the conflict zone.

Quarantine zones updated nationwide

Updates have been issued for quarantine zones across the country by the Ukrainian government. Over the weekend, the Ministry of Health updated coronavirus restrictions in quarantine zones - geographical areas introduced in February this year to enable local authorities to enforce adaptive quarantine measures in accordance with local infection rates. Under the new changes, areas included in the highest-risk 'red' quarantine zone category include: Chernihiv, Chernivtsi, Khmelnystky, Kyiv, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Sumy, Zaporizhia, and Zhytomyr. 'Orange' quarantine zone areas include: Cherkasy, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kirovohrad, Luhansk, Poltava, Rivne, Ternopil, Vinnytsia, and Volyn. 'Yellow' zones include: Ivano-Frankivsk, Kherson, and Zakarpattia.

Erdogan offers support to end Ukraine tensions

President Erdogan has called for an end to the developments in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region after meeting Ukrainian President Zelenskyy in Istanbul, adding that Turkey was ready to provide any necessary support. Erdogan said: “Our main goal is that the Black Sea continues to be a sea of peace, tranquillity and cooperation" and that tensions would be resolved through dialogue and in accordance with international law. Erdogan emphasised that defensive cooperation was not a move against any third countries.

Ukrainian, Turkish presidents hold talks over Russia tensions

Ukrainian President Zelenskiy is holding talks with Turkish President Erdogan over escalating tensions with Russia. Erdogan’s office has said steps to deepen cooperation will be discussed. The talks come in response to mounting concern over Russian troop build-up near the border and increasing violence along the line of contact between Ukrainian troops and Russia-backed separatists in the eastern Donbass region. The Kremlin denies its troops are a threat.

Russia warns of possible military intervention in Ukraine

Russia has seemingly warned of possible military intervention in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Moscow indicated it could intervene to help Russian-speaking residents if Ukrainian troops launch an all-out assault on Russian-backed separatists in the Donbas region. Russia has been building up troops on the border with Ukraine as top Russian official Dmitry Kozak stated that intervention to defend Russian citizens would depend "on the scale of the conflagration". Meanwhile, Ukrainian military officials claim another soldier was killed in shooting from separatists on Thursday. In response, separatist rebels claim one of their fighters was killed when Ukrainian troops fired mortars at a village on the outskirts of Donetsk city.

Russian 'troop build-up' at Ukranian boarder alarms NATO

Russia has warned NATO against sending reinforcements to Ukraine amid a mass Russian troop build-up near the border. Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, said Russia would take "additional measures" if NATO were to make such a move. US and NATO forces are currently on high alert, citing "escalations of Russian aggression." In a phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky on Friday, US President Biden "affirmed the United States' unwavering support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia's ongoing aggression in the Donbas and Crimea."

Strict lockdown announced for Kyiv

Strict lockdown measures have been announced for the capital city of Kyiv. The government confirmed plans to impose tighter Covid-19 rules and restrictions in the city amid rising cases, as the capital records the highest rate of infection nationwide. This means that from Monday 5 April, all schools and kindergartens will be required to temporarily close. Restrictions will also apply to public transportation services. The new measures are expected to remain in place for at least 11 days, with a provisional expiration date of Friday 16 April.

Soldier killed in Donbas ceasefire violation

A Ukrainian Armed Forces servicemember has been killed amid ceasefire violations in Donbas. According to recent local reports, the soldier was killed in action overnight on Thursday, when at least six ceasefire violations were apparently reported. The violations were recorded in the Bohdanivka, Pivdenne, and Vodiane areas and are presumed to be the result of cross-border firing from Russian-backed separatist rebels.

Soldier injured in four Donbas ceasefire violations

A Ukrainian soldier has recently been wounded following four alleged ceasefire violations in the Donbas region. The violations were recorded overnight in the Pyshcevyk, Talakivka, and Novozvanivka areas. According to local reports, the serviceman was injured in shelling which hit near Novozvanivka in Luhansk. No other casualties have been reported. The shelling is presumed to have been carried out by separatist rebels.

Protests held calling for postponed elections

Protests have been held in Kyiv calling for postponed judicial elections. According to reports, the protesters gathered outside the President Hotel on Hospitalna Street on Tuesday 9 March to demand the judicial elections to the High Council of Justice and judge to the Constitutional Court be rescheduled. Approximately 300 people were in attendance at the demonstration.

Three killed in Kyiv bathhouse fire

Three people have reportedly died after a fire broke out in a communal bathhouse building in the outskirts of the capital city Kyiv. According to local reports, the fire broke out in the bathhouse in the Kyhevo-Syvatoshyns'kyi district on Monday, during the early hours of the morning, just after 01:15 local time. It's understood the three victims were trapped inside the building and died as a result of the fire. The cause of the blaze has yet to be confirmed as investigations continue.

Bus accident leaves 10 injured in Kharkiv

A recent bus accident has left at least 10 people injured in Kharkiv. The crash occurred on Wednesday morning, at around 06:23 local time near the village of Novyi Korotych. According to local reports, the passenger had been travelling along the Kyiv-Kharkiv-Dovzhansky highway when the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle, causing the bus to skid and overturn. No fatalities have been reported following the incident, with all 10 casualties receiving hospital treatment. An investigation into the cause of the crash has been launched and remains ongoing.

Opposition launch bid to impeach President Zelensky

The opposition For Life party has launched a campaign to impeach President Vladimir Zelensky. The signature collection aims to garner the support of lawmakers to remove the president. According to reports, the opposition-led initiative came about in response to sanctions which were imposed on opposition lawmaker Taras Kozak. The sanctions were imposed on the For Life politician by Zelensky, targeting three television channels owned by Kozak.

Three soldiers killed in Donetsk blast

Three Ukrainian soldiers have allegedly been killed in a suspected bomb explosion in Donetsk oblast. According to recent reports, the blast occurred over the weekend in the Novoluhanske area, where an explosive device was detonated in an attack targeting the Ukrainian Joint Forces. The incident and fatalities have reportedly been confirmed my military officials.

Ukrainian soldier shot dead in Donestk

A Ukrainian armed forces sniper has allegedly been shot dead by a sniper in Donestk. According to recent local reports, the incident occurred on Thursday morning, at around 09:30 local time near Horlivka, where the soldier was targeted and fatally shot by a sniper - presumed to be associated with the Russian-backed separatist rebels.

Explosion kills two in Donetsk

Two Ukrainian soldiers have allegedly died in a recent explosion in Donetsk. According to reports, the blast occurred over the weekend amid shelling in the Toretsk and Severodonetsk areas. While two servicemen have been reported dead, another four have also been wounded in the shelling, which came ina  string of 13 attacks by rebel separatists targeting the Ukrainian armed forces.

Scores killed in nursing home fire in Kharkiv

At least 15 people have been killed and several others injured after a fire broke out at a nursing home in Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine. Reuters reported that the fire broke out on the second floor of the building. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called for an immediate investigation. Preliminary investigations suggest that the fire could be related to a short-circuit. Fires in public institutions in Ukraine sporadically occur due to poorly maintained buildings and outdated equipment. In June 2019, six people died when a fire broke out at the psychiatric ward of a hospital in Odessa.

Constitutional Court chief investigated in witness tampering case

The head of the constitutional court is currently being investigated for allegations of witness tampering. Investigators have formally notified Oleksandr Tupytskyi that he is the subject of a probe where a witness was bribed. The case dates back to 2018. The investigation has been opened amid political tensions between President Volodymyr Zelenskyi's government and the constitutional court. Tupustsky's office said in a statement that "this is another attempt to unlawfully interfere in the activities of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, obstruction of his official duties, aimed at blocking the work of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine as a whole."

Protesters block road in Valky over gas prices

Protesters have congregated in Valky, Kharkiv Oblast, to demonstrate against rising gas prices. According to reports, the protest took place on Thursday afternoon between midday and 13:00 local time. Approximately 40 people are estimated to have taken part in the demonstration, which blocked the M-03 road, causing some traffic disruption. No arrests were made during the protest, which has since ended peacefully.

Terrorist group disbanded in Odessa

A terrorist organisation has reportedly been disbanded in Odessa. The security services have allegedly launched an investigation into the group, which was apparently being run under the pretense of an IT call centre. The suspected terrorist organisation is believed to have possible links to Russian state interests. Several arrests have reportedly been made, although no further details have been confirmed as the investigation gets underway.

Activist arrested outside presidential office

An activist has been arrested by police for protesting outside the President's Office in Kyiv. According to reports, the arrest was made on Wednesday morning, after the activist had appeared nude in a public setting to protest with the slogan of "away with violence". The precise cause behind the protest remains unclear as investigations get underway. It's possible her protest was part of a larger global action protest movement called "16 Days Against Violence" - the start of which coincided with her demonstration. The protest campaign is aimed at combating domestic violence.

Two killed in Kryvyi Rih stabbing

Two people have died after being stabbed in an incident in Kryvyi Rih, in Kherson Oblast. The incident occurred over the weekend in the Metallurgical district and left two dead and eight others injured. According to reports, an eight-year-old child is reported to be among those injured. One suspect has been arrested following the incident. The police are investigating the motive behind the stabbing, with no further details confirmed thus far.

President Zelenskiy tests positive for coronavirus

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has tested positive for coronavirus. President Zelenskiy announced on social media that he is self-isolating. His wife previously contracted the virus and was hospitalised for several weeks. Ukraine has so far reported nearly 470,000 coronavirus cases and 8,500 deaths. President Zelenskiy has already said that the government is planning to introduce enhanced measures to curb the spread of the virus.

Coronavirus cases in Ukraine surpass 300,000

Coronavirus cases in Ukraine have surpassed 300,000, with the number of hospitalizations still on the rise. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that since September the occupation of hospital beds is increasing. It added that 6,600 cases and 413 deaths were confirmed in non-government-controlled areas in the eastern oblasts of Luhansk and Donetsk. In early-October, the government introduced enhanced measures to control the spread of the coronavirus in Ukraine. This included reduced school class sizes and the introduction of a new four-tier system - green, yellow, orange and red. Further information on coronavirus restrictions and the current situation in Ukraine is provided on the government's dedicated coronavirus page.

US Embassy employee found dead near park in Kiev

An employee at the US Embassy in Kiev has been found dead near a park in the Ukrainian capital. Police are currently searching for a man accused of assaulting the female victim. Police said: “The unconscious woman was admitted to a hospital where she subsequently died. During the examination of the victim’s belongings, an identity card of an employee of the U.S. Embassy in her name was found." A spokesman for the interior ministry said that investigations are ongoing.

Twenty-six killed in military plane crash

At least 26 deaths have been reported after a Ukrainian military plane crashed near the eastern city of Kharkiv. According to reports from the BBC, the crash happened on Sunday, during a training flight, when the plane came down about two kilometres from a military airport in Chuhuiv. The cause of the crash remains under investigation, with four possible causes identified, including technical malfunction, poor maintenance, or improper performance - by either flight crew or ground control. Twenty Kharkiv Air Force University cadets and seven officers were on board the plane at the time. Only one person survived the crash.

Jewish groups stranded at Belarus border

A large number of Hasidic Jews have become stranded at the Ukraine-Belarus border due to Covid-19 restrictions on movement. Hundreds of people had been travelling as part of an annual Jewish pilgrimage to the central Ukrainian town of Uman to visit the tomb of Rabbi Nahman for the Jewish New Year (18 - 20 September). However, this year, Ukraine has closed its borders to limit the spread of coronavirus amid the ongoing pandemic and the pilgrims were stopped at the border this week. The pilgrimage groups include many travelling from Israel and according to reports, and they allegedly began their journey despite appeals from both Ukraine and Israel asking them to forego the pilgrimage this year due to coronavirus concerns. Ukraine has restricted entry to foreigners until 28 September and Israel has imposed a new national lockdown. Currently, it's estimated that anywhere between 700 to 1,000 Jews are stuck at the border, and are running low on supplies, but are receiving assistance from the Red Cross Society of Belarus. The pilgrimage groups have also caused significant travel delays along the Novi Yarylovychi border crossing point.

Rally held in support of Belarus protests

A rally has been held in the capital city of Kyiv in support of anti-government protests in neighbouring Belarus, where widespread demonstrations against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko continue following last month's disputed general election results. Close to 100 people are thought to have taken part in the peaceful protest in Kyiv's Independence Square.

Suspect detained by FSB in Rivne

A suspect has allegedly been detained by the FSB in Rivne for apparently attempting to cause criminal damage to city infrastructure. According to reports, the suspect is accused of planning an explosive attack on a water intake facility, which would have led prolonged disruption to city water supplies, causing potentially critical infrastructure damage. Explosive materials have been confiscated from the suspect as an investigation gets underway. The suspect's motive behind the attack remains undetermined as of yet.

Ukraine reports highest daily increase in coronavirus cases

Ukraine has reported a record daily increase of coronavirus cases since the pandemic hit the country in March. In the last 24 hours, nearly 2,500 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Ukraine, bringing the total number of cases to around 126,000. Ukraine has launched enhanced coronavirus restrictions ahead of the restarting of the school term. Currently, most foreign nationals are forbidden from entering the country, while lockdown measures were also extended. Further information on restrictions that are currently being enforced in Ukraine is available on the government's website.

Blast hits train line in Korosten

An explosion has reportedly hit a railway line in the Korosten area of Zhytomyr. The blast occurred on Monday and appears to have been intended to target a freight train from Belarus as it passed by. The train was transporting fuel, and whilst several carriages were damaged in the explosion, no injuries have been reported. The incident is initially being treated as terror-related while investigations go forward.

Month-long border closure enforced

A month-long border closure is to be enforced in Ukraine, preventing foreign nationals from entering the country. The border closure is due come into effect from Sunday 29 August, and will remain in place until 28 September. The decision to enforce the measure was made following an increase in the rate of infection for Covid-19 cases. So far, the country has reported more than 112,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including over 2,400 deaths.

Ukraine imposes ban on foreigners until 28 September

Ukraine has imposed an entry ban on most foreigners in a bid to control the spread of the coronavirus in the country. Prime Minister Denys Shmygal said that the ban will remain in place until 28 September. PM Shmygal added that lockdown measures will also be extended until October. Ukraine has reported more than 110,000 coronavirus cases and 2,300 deaths. For further information on travel requirements to Ukraine, people should monitor the country's official website.

Controversial anti-corruption chief resigns

A controversial anti-graft prosecutor has resigned. Nazar Kholodnytsky was the head of the Specialised Anti-Corruption Prosecutors' Office (SAPO) which was created back in 2015. Kholodnytsky held the post since SAPO's creation and claimed that his resignation is due to personal reasons. A full statement is expected to release next week. UNIAN reported that the Ukrainian Attorney General Iryna Venediktova signed his resignation letter. SAPO has already targeted dozens of politicians and businessmen involved in corruption scandals in Ukraine.

Ukraine reports highest daily increase in coronavirus cases

More than 2,000 new coronavirus cases have been reported in Ukraine in one of the highest daily increases in cases reported since March. Health Minister Maksym Stepanov confirmed a surge in coronavirus cases across the country, with an increasing number of hospitalisation and deaths. Ukraine has nearly 100,000 coronavirus cases and reported more than 2,100 deaths.

Ukraine expected to exchange prisoners with Russian-backed separatists

Around 100 prisoners are expected to be exchanged between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. A government official told Reuters that the prisoner swap could occur within the next few weeks. This is the second occasion in which Ukraine and separatists exchange prisoners since President Volodymyr Zelenskyi took office in 2019. In July, a ceasefire was reached to pave the way to negotiations in the region. However, it was breached within hours.

President Zelenskiy requests extradition of Russian mercenaries from Belarus

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has asked his Belarusian counterpart, Aleksandar Lukashenko, to extradite dozens of alleged Russian mercenaries to Ukraine. In the countdown of the presidential elections in Belarus, 33 members of the Russian-based Wagner Group were arrested in Minsk. President Zelenskyi claimed that 28 of them had previously committed crimes in eastern Ukraine while fighting with Russian-backed separatists. They were charged with terror offences in Belarus.

Bomb threat made towards Kyiv business centre

A person has reportedly threatened to blow up a business centre in the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv. According to reports, the unidentified suspect has occupied a bank in the Leonardo business centre on Bohdana Khmelnytskoho street and claims to have a backpack carrying explosives. The police and emergency services have responded to the scene and are currently engaged in negotiations with the suspect. It remains unclear what the motive is behind the incident.

First-round talks with Iran conclude

The first round of talks between Iran and Ukraine on plane downing damages have concluded. The negotiations came about after the downing of a Ukrainian airliner in January. The Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 airliner was shot down by the Iranian air force shortly after takeoff, killing all 176 passengers and crew on board. Iran initially blamed the accident on a technical problem, but later admitted the plane had been unintentionally shot down amid heightened tensions with the US forces in neighbouring Ira. The first round of talks were described as "constructive", although it has not yet been agreed how much compensation Tehran will pay. The next round of talks are expected to take place in October.

Several killed in road accident in Belogorsk, Crimea

At least nine people have been killed after a minibus crashed near the Crimean town of Belogorsk. According to the local authorities, the bus was driving from the Russian city of Krasnodar when it crashed in the early hours of Friday morning. Russian media reported that the accident happened on the Tavrida roadway. Initial criminal investigations were launched over allegations that the driver fell asleep at the wheel. Crimea was annexed by Russia from Ukraine in 2014.

Russia arrests man on espionage charges in Sevastopol, Crimea

A man accused of spying for Ukraine has been detained in the Crimean city of Sevastopol. RIA news agency reported that the Federal Security Service (FSB) arrested the suspect, who was part of the country's fleet in the Black Sea. No further details were released. The region around the Black Sea has been the scene of political and military tensions since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. The annexation happened after a controversial referendum was held in Crimea.

Eastern Ukraine's ceasefire violated within hours of starting

Ukraine's military has claimed that pro-Russian separatists have violated a ceasefire just hours after it came into force. A full ceasefire was reached after talks between Russia and Ukraine. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) brokered the agreement. In a statement, the military said: “In the middle of the night, the enemy opened fire on the positions of Ukrainian soldiers from hand-held anti-tank grenade launchers and small arms, and (...) at noon they fired from automatic heavy-duty grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms.” It is still unclear what the repercussions of the alleged ceasefire violation will be.

Chinese tourists no longer require visa to enter Ukraine

President Volodymyr Zelenskyi has signed a decree that will allow Chinese tourists to enter the country without a visa. From 1 August until 31 January, Chinese nationals visiting Ukraine for up to 30 days within a six-month period will no longer require a visa. A similar decree was signed earlier this month allowing visa-free travel for tourists from Australia, New Zealand and several Arab countries. For further information on entry requirements, people are advised to search in the Ukrainian foreign ministry website or call the Ukrainian consulate in their country of residence.

Full ceasefire comes into effect in eastern Ukraine

A full ceasefire between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists has come into effect in eastern Ukraine. A complete comprehensive ceasefire agreement was reached last week after a meeting involving the Ukrainian and Russian governments. The deal is being observed by the Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which has its own mission in the region. Despite the agreement, a Ukrainian official said that the country is ready to retaliate in the event of ceasefire violations. Several agreements have been previously reached to ease hostilities in the region but they all failed to materialise after renewed clashes between the military and rebels.

House of anti-corruption activist set on fire in Kiev

The house of a prominent anti-corruption activist has been set on fire in Kiev. Vitaliy Shabunin's house was targeted in the early hours of Friday morning while his parents were inside. No casualties were initially reported. His home is located in the village of Hnidyn. President Volodymyr Zelenskyi has called for an investigation to assess who is behind the incident. Shabunin is the co-founder of the Anti-Corruption Action Center (AntAC). The organisation has condemned the incident.

Deputy minister says that downed UIA plane faced illegal interference

Deputy Foreign Minister Yevhenii Yenin has said that preliminary investigations suggest that there was illegal interference in the Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) plane that crashed in January. Black boxes of the PS752 flight were recently sent to France to be investigated. The Boeing 737 was shot down by Iranian forces just after taking off from Tehran's International Airport. An international investigation has been launched to fully assess the circumstances of the incident.

Government and separatists reach ceasefire deal in eastern Ukraine

President Volodymyr Zelenskyi's government has reached an agreement with pro-Russian separatists to establish a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. As part of talks involving the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), the ceasefire will start from 27 July. Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France were part of the negotiations aimed at easing tensions in the region. The new ceasefire comes ahead of plans for a new Ukrainian crisis summit under the Normandy Format. The ceasefire deal comes months after the TCG met in France to lay out plans to end hostilities between the government and pro-Russian troops. The ceasefire is hoped to last for the "whole period until full comprehensive settlement of the conflict." Ceasefire agreements in eastern Ukraine were reached on a number of occasions but they have collapsed due to the resumption of clashes between Ukrainian forces and separatists in Luhansk and Donetsk.

Armed man takes policeman hostage in Poltava

An armed male suspect has taken a senior Ukrainian police officer hostage in the city of Poltava. Al Jazeera has reported that the police were initially trying to arrest the man on suspicion of hijacking a vehicle, when he pulled out a grenade and took a police officer hostage, threatening to kill him. The police engaged with negotiations with the suspect, exchanging the police officer for a police colonel. The suspect then allegedly drove off with the hostage in a car provided by the police. The incident is the second hostage-taking to occur in Ukraine within three days, after an armed man held 13 people captive on a public bus for several hours in Lutsk. The 13 hostages were freed after President Zelensky promoted a 2005 animal rights documentary at the request of the hostage taker. The two incidents are not thought to be connected.

Twenty taken hostage on bus in Lutsk

Twenty people have reportedly been taken hostage on a bus in the north-western city of Lutsk. The group are apparently being held by an armed male suspect in the centre of Lutsk. Preliminary reports suggest the suspect is believed to be armed with weapons and explosives. The centre of the city has been cordoned off as police respond to the scene. No casualties have been reported so far. The suspect is understood to have made contact with the authorities, although no specific demands have been made at this point and the motive behind the hostage situation remains unclear, although the suspect has allegedly expressed a general dissatisfaction with "the system".

Iran sends black boxes of downed UIA flight to France

Iran has sent the black boxes of the Ukraine International Airlines plane that was shot down in January to France. Canada's Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne confirmed that the black boxes were delivered to the Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA) in La Bourget, near Paris. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard has acknowledged that it mistakenly shot down the PS752 aircraft near the Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA) in Tehran. The plane had just departed from IKA towards Kiev. A number of passengers were Canadian nationals.

Ukraine to launch military exercises in response to Russia

Ukraine will launch a military exercise just as Russia is planning similar military drills in the Caucasus region. Defense Minister Andriy Taran said that the exercises will take place in late-September in southern Ukraine. He added: “This asymmetric response will show the readiness of the armed forces of Ukraine to give a worthy rebuff to any attempts by the Russian Federation to exacerbate the situation or start large-scale hostilities". NATO would be invited to join it.

Ten injured in Donetsk shelling

At least 10 casualties have been reported amidst shelling in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine. According to reports, firing was exchanged by both sides, leaving seven Ukrainian soldiers and three pro-Russian Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) rebels injured. Some 18 attacks reportedly targeted military positions in the Avdiyivka, Berezove, Hnutove, Krymske, Lebedynske, Maryinka, Novoluhanske, Novomykhailivka, and Vodiane areas.

Six killed in Luhansk forest fires

At least six fatalities have been reported as forest fires burn in eastern Ukraine's Luhansk region. The fires have spread rapidly to engulf a number of villages, having been fanned by strong winds and fuelled by high temperatures and dry conditions. Water-bombing planes have been deployed to the region, while firefighting crews and the national armed forces are leading response operations. Evacuations have been carried out in the towns of Vovche and Smolianynove, while unconfirmed reports have speculated that the fires may have been started by arson.

Pro-Poroshenko protest held in Kyiv

A large-scale demonstration has been held in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv by supporters of former President Petro Poroshenko. According to reports, thousands of people have taken part in the protest on Wednesday, which has largely been taking place in front of the Pechersk district court on Volodymyrska Street. Poroshenko is currently under investigation by the authorities in over 20 cases, for what he describes as politically-motivated charges.

Virus figures up by 994

The number of coronavirus cases has increased by 994 over the last 24 hours in Ukraine, bringing the overall total there to 40,008 confirmed cases of covid-19. The country's death toll has also risen by 16, taking the total to 1,067 confirmed virus-related fatalities. The increase in cases is the highest daily rise in figures recorded so far - indicating the country has yet to pass through the peak of the outbreak there.

Hundreds evacuated as intense rainfall batters western Ukraine

Hundreds of people have been forced to evacuate after intense rainfall hit western Ukraine. Weather alerts were issued to the regions of Ivano-Frankivsk and Chernivtsi after heavy downpour triggered widespread flooding. According to reports, more than 5,000 houses were affected across nearly 200 villages. Some areas in Lviv and Zakarpattia were also heavily affected. Local media reported that at least three people have died.

Three killed amid floods

At least three people have reportedly been killed and hundreds more have been evacuated amid recent floods in western Ukraine. The flooding was triggered by torrential rainfall which hit the western regions over the last 72 hours-or-so. As of Wednesday morning, some 5,000 residential properties across 187 villages remain flooded. According to Reuters, the floods have cut off access to a number of villages, hindering search and rescue operations in remote areas. The floods are thought to be the worst recorded in recent years, with the government deploying around 150 military personnel, four helicopters, and one airplane to the region to assist rescue and recovery efforts.

Prosecutors drop request to jail former President Poroshenko

Prosecutors have dropped a request for the pre-trial detention of former President Petro Poroshenko. Poroshenko is currently facing a criminal trial over the controversy in the nomination of the new deputy leader of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine (SZRU). A new decision on Poroshenko's pre-trial proceedings will be announced next month. Poroshenko claimed that he is the target of a politically-motivated trial led by President Volodymyr Zelenskyi.

Ukraine recognised as NATO's Enhanced Opportunities Partner

Ukraine has been recognised as NATO's Enhanced Opportunities Partner for the country's cooperation with NATO missions. Last week, NATO officially added Ukraine to the list that already includes Jordan, Australia, Sweden, Georgia and Finland. NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu said: “This decision recognises Ukraine’s strong contributions to NATO missions, and demonstrates the Alliance’s continued commitment to its partnerships despite the COVID-19 pandemic." In 2019, Ukraine's parliament passed a bill that reaffirmed the country's desire to join NATO and the EU. It came years after former President Viktor Yanukovych submitted a bill to scrap Ukraine's EU membership, sparking the Euromaidan protests which led to his downfall.

Ukraine to receive $60m in US military aid

Ukraine is set to receive up to $60m worth of military aid from the US. American aid to Ukraine was one of the main issues during the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump in the House of Representatives. He was accused of threatening to cut military aid to Ukraine after reportedly pressuring his counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskyi, to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. US military aid to Ukraine has significantly increased since the Russian annexation of Crimea. According to NATO, US assistance accounts for 90 percent of all Ukraine's foreign military aid.

Violent protests reported outside parliament in Kiev

A violent protest is currently being reported near the parliament in Kiev. According to the US Embassy in Ukraine, demonstrators are gathering along the Mykhaila Hrushevskoho Street and around the presidential office in Bankova Street. People have been requested to avoid those areas. It is still unclear what the motives behind the demonstration are. The protests are happening just as parliament adopts new legislation that would simplify pre-trial probes of certain criminal offences. Roadblocks and an additional police presence is likely in some central areas.

Several injured in mass armed brawl near Kiev

At least three people have been injured after a mass armed brawl broke out near Kyiv. Reports show that dozens of armed people clashed in the town of Brovary on Friday. Authorities said that nearly 100 people took part in the unrest, where more than 40 shots were fired. In total, the police have detained 20 people. In a statement, the government said that the incident involved people linked to rival transportation companies. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said that the incident could be linked to corruption between city offices in Kyiv and the regional authorities.

Government to further relax some coronavirus restrictions in Ukraine

Some businesses will be allowed to reopen and public transport will resume operations as the government plans to ease some coronavirus restrictions from Friday. Prime Minister Denys Shmygal said that the government will allow some hotels to reopen, while children will be allowed to return to school from Monday. Those new measures are part of the gradual relaxation of some restrictions in Ukraine. The country has so far confirmed 19,000 cases, including over 500 deaths.

President Zelenskiy reiterates calls for negotiations with Russia

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has reiterated that he is willing to negotiate with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine. He said in a press conference that negotiating directly with Russia is necessary to achieve definite solutions. President Zelenskyi also said that he is open to other forms of agreement beyond the Minsk processes. The Crimean annexation to Russia remains the main topic for discussion. Last month, as a sign of improved relations, both countries started a prisoner exchange deal.

Sixteen new covid-19 deaths reported

At least 16 new covid-19 deaths have been reported in Ukraine over the last 24 hours - taking the national death toll up to 564 confirmed coronavirus fatalities. Meanwhile, an additional 354 new cases of infection have also been recorded. The daily increase brings the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases to 19,230. Almost 6,000 covid-19 patients have recovered so far, while around 12,700 cases still remain active.

Two DPR rebels killed in Donetsk ceasefire violations

Two members of the Russian-backed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) rebel forces have allegedly been killed in a recent ceasefire violation in the Donetsk region. The incident occurred on Sunday, when the DPR forces reportedly violated the ceasefire on eight separate occasions, with Ukrainian military positions coming under heavy machine-gun fire and artillery fire in the Avdiyivka, Slavne, Nevelske, Pisky, and Novo-Oleksandrivka areas. The Ukrainian armed forces responded to the shelling with retaliatory fire, leaving two DPR rebels dead and another two injured. At least three Ukrainian security personnel were also injured in the crossfire.

Nine ceasefire violations recorded in Donetsk

At least nine ceasefire violations have been recorded in the Donetsk region over the last 24 hours, with the Ukrainian forces claiming that a soldier has been injured as a result. It's understood the firing came from the Russian-backed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) rebel forces, using 120mm and 82mm mortars, an anti-tank missile system, heavy machine guns, rifles, and grenade launchers. The attacks occurred near Pavlopil, Starohnativka, Opytne, Krymske, and Luhankse. The Ukrainian forces returned fire, supposedly leaving at least five DPR rebels injured.

Heavy shelling reported near Yasynuvata, Donetsk

Heavy shelling has been reported near the Donetsk Filter Station (DFS) in the town of Yasynuvata, close to the contact line. Water company Voda Donbasa told WASH that the incident happened on Saturday morning and that no injuries were reported. The shelling lasted for more than 30 minutes. The DFS is the main water supplier to several towns located along the contact line west of Donetsk. Incidents near the DFS and damage to the facility are often reported to WASH Cluster.

Soldier injured in Luhansk firing

A Ukrainian Army soldier has reportedly been injured amidst firing in the Luhansk region. According to recent reports, the soldier was wounded in a series of ceasefire violations by the Russian-backed separatist Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) rebel group. The violations apparently occurred on Tuesday in the Holubivske and Zolote areas, where heavy machine-gun fire and artillery shelling were reported. No other casualties have been reported.

Georgia's Saakashvili nominated to become deputy PM

Georgia's former President Mikheil Saakashvili has been nominated to become the Ukrainian deputy prime minister. Saakashvili has previously held public office in Ukraine as the governor of the southern oblast of Odesa. He left office a year after for grievances with then-President Petro Poroshenko. He had his Ukrainian citizenship restored just after President Volodymyr Zelenskyi took office. If approved in parliament, Saakashvili will overlook economic reforms in Ukraine, which are one of the requirements of a massive loan from the International Monetary Fund.

Pochayiv sealed off following monastery virus outbreak

The town of Pochayiv has reportedly been sealed off by Ukrainian authorities following a coronavirus outbreak at one of the largest Orthodox monasteries in Eastern Europe. Dozens of virus cases have been reported there, leading to a number of deaths already. The Pochayiv Lavra monastery is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites for Orthodox Christians in the region, prompting police to block routes in and out of the town on Tuesday. The monastery has also been closed to the public. Nationally, Ukraine has recorded at least 7,170 coronavirus cases and 187 deaths.

Smoke from fire near Chernobyl reaches Kiev

Smoke from a massive wildfire reported near the exclusion zone of Chernobyl has reached Kiev. Ukrainian authorities revealed that people have been ordered to stay indoors and shut their windows. They added that, despite the smoke reaching the capital, radiation levels are normal. Since early-April, wildfires have engulfed areas around Chernobyl. Although the blazes were contained, fires were reignited on Thursday. Major concerns over the fire are towards its threat to radioactive waste dumps. Despite the area being under an exclusion zone, some people still live there.

UN to launch mine awareness project in eastern Ukraine

A new mine awareness project is set to be launched in eastern Ukraine as landmines and explosive devices still pose serious risks amid the current conflict in the region. The Canadian-backed programme led by the UN Development Programme in Ukraine (UNDP) will mainly focus on education and awareness activities to improve information on risks associated with landmines. Since the eastern Ukrainian conflict started in 2014, more than 1,000 people were impacted in mine-related incidents in the region. At least 300 civilians have died and 700 were injured.

Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists begin prisoner swap

Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists have begun a prisoner swap, where 19 Ukrainian nationals will be returned to Ukraine. This is the first prisoner swap this year, but the third since President Volodymyr Zelenkyi came into power. The move comes as part of a previous agreement reached between President Zelenskiy and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. In December, both agreed to sign a ceasefire deal to ease tensions amid the eastern Ukrainian conflict.

Major wildfires move closer to Chernobyl abandoned power plant

Major wildfires in northern Ukraine have moved closer to an exclusion zone near the deactivated Chernobyl nuclear plant. Reports have shown that the blaze has moved towards the abandoned area and has reached the town of Pripyat. According to Greenpeace, two wildfires are currently active in the area and have already spread across 46,000 hectares of land combined. Ukrainian authorities said that the fire started after a local man set dryland ablaze. Although the area is off-limits to some, a number of travel companies offer tours to Chernobyl and Pripyat.

Seven new coronavirus deaths confirmed

Seven new fatal cases of coronavirus have been reported in Ukraine, along with at least 143 new cases of infection. The latest cases take the national death toll up to 45 confirmed fatalities and the overall total number of cases of infection up to 1,462. The capital city of Kyiv has reported the most cases, with around 253, followed closely by the Chernivtsi region.

Government extends coronavirus restrictions due to cases surge

The government has announced enhanced movement restrictions as the number of coronavirus cases continue to surge in Ukraine. Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has said that restrictive measures will be extended until at least the end of May. All schools and universities will remain closed, while people have been requested to wear facemasks and avoid going outdoors. Ukraine has seen a steady increase in the number of coronavirus cases. The government said that depending on the development of the disease, authorities may gradually relax some of the measures. So far, nearly 1,000 cases have been confirmed in the country.

Three soldiers injured in Donetsk ceasefire violation

Three Ukrainian soldiers have reportedly  been injured following a series of alleged ceasefire violations in Donestk and Luhansk. According to reports, the violations occurred on Wednesday by the Russian-backed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) rebel forces, using heavy machine guns and artillery fire. As many as 15 violations were reported throughout the Maryinka, Krasnohorivka, Novotoshkivske, Khutir Vilny, Novo-Oleksandrivka, Orikhove, Pavlopil, Pisky, Novomykhailivka, and Mykolaivka areas.

First coronavirus case confirmed in rebel-held Donetsk

Self-proclaimed authorities in conflict-ridden Donetsk have confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the region. Olga Dolgoshapko, the health minister of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), has confirmed the case to reporters. Last week, Dolgoshapko and her counterpart in the rebel-controlled Luhansk region claimed that no cases were confirmed in Donbas. Ukraine has so far confirmed more than 500 coronavirus cases, including 17 deaths. The European Commission (EC) has already urged armed formations in the Donbas region to allow international organisations, such as the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to provide assistance in the area. EC spokesman Peter Stano said: "UN agencies, non-governmental organisations and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are facing difficulties in accessing the non-government-controlled areas". He also urged Russia to assist in facilitating agencies' access to the region.

Lawmakers approve new ministers in special parliamentary session

Lawmakers have accepted the nomination of two ministers after a first session failed to approve their appointment. Serhiy Marchenko has been approved to lead the finance ministry. He is replacing Ihor Umansky, who only stayed in office for four weeks. Another appointment approved on a special parliamentary session was Maksym Stepanov, who will now lead the country's struggle against the coronavirus. Just after being confirmed, he announced his priority was to reform the country's healthcare system. Stepanov is the former governor of the southern region of Odessa.

Parliament fails to nominate new finance minister

Ukraine's revised 2020 budget has been sent back to a parliamentary committee after lawmakers failed to gather at an emergency session on Monday. They also failed to approve Serhiy Marchenko as the country's finance minister. Marchenko was a member of the previous administration of Petro Poroshenko. He was to come to power after Ihor Umansky was removed from office just a month after being nominated to replace Denys Shmygal. The emergency budget was drafted in response to the coronavirus outbreak, which infected over 400 people in Ukraine.

Ukrainian airspace to be closed amid coronavirus outbreak

Ukrainian airspace is set to be closed from Friday, 27 March, as part of a new set of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has recommended ministers to order all movements of passengers to be suspended. Emergency measures are set to remain in place until 24 April. The government had already introduced some restrictions on border crossings, including the suspension of bus and railway services. Airport operations were also severely restricted. Latest reports show that 160 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Ukraine.

Government suspends all commercial flights to Ukraine

The government has announced the suspension of all commercial passenger flights to and from Ukraine. As part of new measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, authorities have also suspended all trains, buses and other international methods of transportation to the country. Meanwhile, in major cities, public transports are operating on an extremely limited schedule. Ukraine has confirmed 14 cases of the coronavirus, including two deaths related to the disease.

Parliament approves nomination of Iryna Venediktova as new AG

Parliament has voted in favour of the nomination of Iryna Venediktova to become the country's new Attorney General. Venediktova is known as a close ally of President Volodymyr Zelenskyi and a member of the ruling Servant of the People party. She is replacing Ruslan Ryaboshapka, who was removed from the post earlier this month as part of a reshuffle in judicial agencies. He was also heavily linked to the investigations into US democratic presidential contender Joe Biden.

Public transport suspended over coronavirus

Public transport services have been suspended over the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. All inter-city rail, air, and bus services around the country have been banned as part of an attempt to curb the spread of the virus. Subway services in three cities, including the capital Kiev, have also been shut. City transport services will also only be allowed to carry a maximum of 10 passengers aboard any bus and or tram car service due to social distancing measures. The measures will come into effect from 18 March until 03 April. Gatherings of more than 10 people have also been banned, while restaurants, shopping centres, and other large public buildings have been ordered to close.

First coronavirus death confirmed

The first death from coronavirus has been confirmed in Ukraine. The confirmation of the fatality comes shortly after it was announced that Ukraine would close all borders to foreign nationals over the outbreak. So far, Ukraine has reported at least three cases of the coronavirus.

Schools and universities to shut over coronavirus

Schools and universities across Ukraine are due to close for three weeks over the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in Europe. According to reports, the closure will come into effect from Thursday 12 March and will remain in place for three weeks, until the end of the month. The capital city, Kiev, is also set to restrict mass events, including concerts and conferences, while cinemas and entertainment areas in shopping malls will also close. So far, Ukraine has reported one confirmed case of the coronavirus.

Malaysia Airlines MH-17 trial kicks off in the Netherlands

The trial over the shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has kicked off in Amsterdam. In total, 298 people were killed when the Boeing 777 was shot down in eastern Ukraine back in 2014. In November last year, the Dutch-led Joint Investigative Team (JIT) - which also included Malaysia, Belgium, Australia and Ukraine - claimed clear links to militants of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR). Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov and Leonid Kharchenko were charged with involvement. The three first are Russian nationals and the last is Ukrainian. They are all at large. They are accused of liaising with Russia to acquire heavy weaponry, such as the Buk surface-to-air launcher used to fire the Russian-made 9M38 missile.

First coronavirus case confirmed

Ukraine has confirmed its first coronavirus case as of Tuesday morning. According to recent reports, a health official stated that a male patient tested positive for the virus and that the case has been linked to recent travel to Italy via Romania. The patient was apparently hospitalised on Saturday in western Ukraine. Other countries to report their first cases within the last 24 hours include Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, and Tunisia.

President Zelenskiy expected to reshuffle his cabinet amid popularity fall

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is expected to reshuffle his cabinet as his government has been losing popularity since being elected back in April. Plans to reshuffle the cabinet emerged earlier this year when Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk demanded his resignation. Honcharuk was implicated in a political scandal after featuring in leaked audio where he allegedly criticised the president. Among the names that could succeed him is Serhiy Tihipko, who had served in cabinet positions under previous administrations. Tihipko is also the co-founder of the PrivatBank, which was the target of a controversial nationalisation process - a court later overturned the decision despite an injection of $6bn - during the government of President Petro Poroshenko.

Protesters attack buses carrying China coronavirus evacuees

Protesters in the town of Novi Sanzhary have reportedly attacked a bus carrying coronavirus evacuees from China. Some 45 Ukrainian nationals and 27 foreign nationals were flown out of Wuhan to Kharkiv on Thursday and six buses then transported them to a hospital in Novi Sanzhary, where they are due to be quarantined for two weeks. However, the buses were met by demonstrators lighting bonfires and throwing stones. The incident has prompted the deployment of armoured personnel carriers in the small town, while President Volodymyr Zelensky urged the protesters to show empathy. As a show of solidarity, the Ukrainian health minister will join the evacuees in quarantine, running the ministry via Skype.

Soldier killed in fresh hostilities near Zolote, Luhansk

At least one soldier has been killed and several others injured in fresh hostilities in eastern Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelenskyi called for an emergency meeting with his Security Council after tensions escalated near Zolote, Luhansk. The incidents reportedly happened in the villages of Orikhove, Krymske, Khutir Vilny and Novotoshkivske. Ukraine and Russia agreed a ceasefire back in 2015 as part of the Minsk Agreement; however, ceasefire violations in Luhansk and Donetsk are common. According to the latest report from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), over the weekend, ceasefire violations were mainly reported in the government-controlled area of Svitlodarsk in Donetsk and Trokhizbenka in Luhansk.

President Zelenskiy sacks his chief of staff over internal dispute

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's chief of staff, Andriy Bogdan, has been sacked over an alleged dispute within the presidential team. Reuters reported that Bodgan engaged in grievances with Andriy Yermark, who is now replacing him as chief of staff. No official motives over Bogdan's dismissal were made public. Bogdan's appointment as chief of staff was very controversial due to his links to Ihor Kolomoisky, a prominent Ukrainian businessman. Kolomoisky controls the 1+1 Media Group, where President Zelenskyi previously worked as a comedian. Kolomoisky had also been implicated in a legal battle involving the PrivatBank, which was nationalised in 2016. In recent months, several of his properties were raided and seized as part of the investigations.

Foreign minister requests meeting over shootings in eastern Ukraine

Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko has called on a meeting with France and Germany after the increasing number of shootings in eastern Ukraine. Both countries are part of the Normandy Format. They are having an active part in the negotiations to solve the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. Prystaiko's request comes after two soldiers were killed and several others injured over the weekend in the Donbas region. In recent months, some progress has been made in ceasing the hostilities in Luhansk and Donetsk. It includes the disengagement of troops in Zolote and Petrivske. However, although both President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, have committed to a full ceasefire, some incidents are still reported along the contact line.

President Zelenskiy rejects prime minister's resignation

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has rejected the resignation of Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk. The prime minister handed in his resignation on Friday after he featured in audio recordings where he seemed to criticise the president's economic knowledge. The audio was recorded in December during a meeting with two other high-level officials. Honcharuk claimed that the files were doctored and denied the allegations that he criticised President Zelenskiy.

Prime Minister Honcharuk resigns over leaked audio

Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk has resigned after he featured in questionable audio recordings criticising President Volodymyr Zelensyi. Goncharuk featured in leaked audio where he seemed to criticise the president for failing to understand economics. According to reports, the recording dates back to December, when Goncharuk met with Finance Minister Oksana Markarova and the head of the National Bank of Ukraine, Yakiv Smoliy. The prime minister has claimed that the file was adulterated. He said: “Its contents artificially create the impression that my team and I do not respect the president, who is our political leader." President Zelenskyi's office has said that the president will analyse Honcharuk's request on Friday.

Two soldiers wounded in Donbas attacks

Two Ukrainian soldiers have been wounded in recent enemy attacks in the Donbas region. According to reports, Russian-led forces violated the ceasefire and mounted 10 attacks on Ukrainian army positions on Tuesday, leaving two soldiers wounded. The attacks reportedly targeted Ukrainian military positions near the town of Maryinka, and the villages of Novotroyitske, Nevelske, Shyrokyne, Luhanske, Orikhove, Krymske, and Novoluhanske.

US-based company says that Russian military hacked gas firm Burisma

A US-based tech company has claimed that the Ukrainian gas company Burisma was the target of a cyber hack in November. Area 1 Security has said in an eight-page report that Russian military intelligence agents were responsible for hacking servers of Burisma. Burisma is at the centre of the US impeachment inquiries, where US President Donald Trump will face a trial in the Senate. Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden, was previously a member of the company's board of directors. According to Area 1 Security, the infiltration was carried out through a phishing attack. It also claimed that the recent attack has staggering similarities to the previous 2016 hacking to the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Large-scale demonstration reported around the parliament in Kiev

Large-scale demonstrations are being reported around the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev. Increased police presence has been deployed to areas around the Verkhovna Rada since demonstrations kicked off on Tuesday. Extreme caution is advised to visitors heading to the area. Demonstrations backed by nationalists and farmers started after dozens of demonstrators took to the streets after parliament proposed to scrap a 2001 law that bans the sale of farmland in Ukraine. A second vote on the bill is expected to be held in late-October 2020. The current legislation dictates that farmland in Ukraine could only be rented and not sold. With the new bill, foreign nationals and entities would be allowed to purchase farmland after three years of use.

Several detained for killing of Belarussian journalist in 2016

Several people have been detained for the murder of an investigative journalist back in 2016. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has said on Thursday that: “This is the result of very complex and persistent work of real professionals and an important step toward fully solving the case". Belarussian journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed in a car bomb attack in Kiev. Authorities believe that the incident may have been motivated by his journalistic work. Sheremet's death put the government under extreme pressure, especially from western diplomats and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Parliament votes to extend 'special status' to eastern separatist regions

Parliament has voted in favour of extending the so-called 'special status' to the eastern separatist regions in Ukraine for a year. Implemented back in 2014, the special status to both Luhansk and Donetsk regions has already been extended several times. It dictates that both regions have limited autonomy, including the designation of their own security forces, courts and schedule local elections. The special status clause is a controversial subject in Ukrainian politics, which had previously led to mass protests across the country. The recent ruling comes as Ukraine and Russia agreed on a ceasefire deal.

Ukraine and Russia reach ceasefire agreement

President Volodymyr Zelenskyi and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, have agreed on a fresh ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. Both leaders met in Paris in a meeting hosted by France and Germany in order to solve the long-standing conflict in the Donbas region. Among the main topics for discussion were the introduction of "immediate measures to stabilize the situation in the conflict areas" and "measures to implement the political provisions of the Minsk agreements". Although political tensions between both leaders are still high, they have agreed on the first steps of another ceasefire to end the hostilities between the Ukrainian military and Russian-backed rebels in the region. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: “We have not found a miracle solution, but we have moved forward. I say openly that we have lots of work to do." Another meeting is expected to be held within the next four months.

Russia issues passports to residents in eastern Ukraine

Russia's Interior has said that some 125,000 passports have been granted to residents in eastern Ukraine's separatist regions. News agency TASS said that the applications the total number of applications was 160,000. Russian President Vladimir Putin has facilitated the process to those living in eastern Ukraine to apply for Russian citizenship. In April, President Putin signed a law aimed to grant residents in some areas in Luhansk, Donetsk and Crimea the right to become Russian citizens. Previously, those seeking to become Russian nationals were required to live at least five years in Russia before applying. With the new law, citizenship requests would be processed within three months. Ukraine and Russia are currently holding peace talks in Paris.

Government and IMF reach preliminary loan agreement

Ukraine has been granted a substantial 5.5-billion-dollar loan as President Volodymyr Zelenskyi holds peace talks with Russia. Moments before a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, IMF Managing Director Kirstalina Georgieva announced the preliminary agreement through an official statement. This is the third IMF loan granted to Ukraine since the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014. The loan, which is part of a three-year programme, was severely delayed over concerns of the privatisation of the Privatbank, which involved a former business partner of President Zelenskyi.

Fire breaks out at college in Odessa

A fire has reportedly broken out at a college in Odessa. The emergency services have responded to the scene, where at least 10 people are being treated for injuries. According to reports, the fire broke out in a college building on Troitskaya Street on Wednesday morning, at around 11:15 local time. Fire crews have warned that the building's structural integrity is at a high risk of giving way and collapsing in on itself as they continue to battle the flames. It's currently unknown what caused the blaze to start.

Two DPR rebels killed in Donetsk

Two suspected rebels from the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) have allegedly been killed in a crossfire with the Ukrainian armed forces in the Donetsk region. Local reports indicate the crossfire occurred over the weekend. The DPR has claimed that the Ukrainian armed forces opened fire first in an armed attack, killing two DPR rebels with sniper fire, sparking a crossfire which also injured a member of the security forces. Officials in Kiev has not yet commented on the alleged incident.

Russia to handover Ukrainian vessels seized in the 2018 Kerch Strait incident

Russia has reportedly returned three Ukrainian naval ships that were seized during an incident in the Kerch Strait last year. Russia's ministry of foreign affairs has confirmed that the vessels have already been returned back to Ukraine. They were seized last November after an altercation involving the Russian and Ukrainian navies. Following the seizure, then Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered martial law to be implemented across several oblasts. The move comes as Russian and Ukraine are holding negotiations - brokered by Germany and France - to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

IS commander detained in Kiev

An Islamic State (IS) commander has allegedly been detained by the security forces in Kiev. The arrest was apparently made during counter-terror operations over the weekend. According to reports, the suspected IS commander has been identified as Al Bar Shishani, who is believed to have acted as a deputy to the group's "minister of war". The Ukrainian Secret Service detained the Georgian national in the Kiev region near a private home where he lived. Shishani's birth name was Cezar Tokhosashvili and he allegedly joined the IS in 2015, later becoming deputy to Abu Omar al-Shishahi - the IS "minister of war" who died in combat in 2016.

France to host summit to discuss eastern Ukraine conflict

France's President Emmanuel Macron has set the date for a summit to discuss the current eastern Ukrainian conflict. In a statement, President Macron's office said: “The summit will be held following major progress since the summer in negotiations for a settlement in the east Ukraine conflict, progress which in particular allowed the removal of troops from several areas on the frontline." The summit is scheduled to take place on 9 December in Paris. Additional to Ukrainian and Russian officials, Germany will also take part in the negotiations; together with France, they make part of the so-called 'Normandy format'. Some progress has already been made to solve the eastern Ukrainian conflict through the disengagement of troops in Zolote and Petrivske.

Recordings from MH-17 probe identify links between rebels and Russia

New recordings have been released showing potential links between Ukrainian rebels and Russia as part of the MH-17 crash probe. Investigations are currently focusing on the involvement of militants of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR). The Dutch-led Joint Investigative Team (JIT) - which also include Malaysia, Belgium, Australia and Ukraine - claims: “Recent analysis of witness statements and other information revealed that Russian influence on the DPR went beyond military support and that the ties between Russian officials and DPR leaders appear closer." Part of the recordings relates to intercepted conversations between former DPR leader Alexander Borodai and Vladimir Putin's aide Vladislav Surkov. Last June, four men were criminally charged for involvement in the MH-17 downing, where 298 people died. They include Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinsky, Olega Pulatov and Leonid Kharchenko.

Lawyer killed in Zhytomyr shooting

A lawyer has allegedly been killed in a shooting incident in Zhytomyr. According to local reports, the shooting occurred last weekend and appears to have been motivated by a conflict between hunters and forest rangers. The victim, Svyatoslav Parkhomenko, had been out hunting with a group when the altercation arose. The police have opened investigations into the killing, with the suspects expected to face charges of attempted murder, premeditated murder, and illegal handling of weapons.

Ukrainian soldiers withdraw from Petrivske, Donetsk

As part of a current disengagement effort in eastern Ukraine, the Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has confirmed that Ukrainian troops have withdrawn from the town Petrivske, Donetsk. The disengagement of troops in Petrivske comes weeks after another withdrawal of troops and military hardware from the town of Zolote, Luhansk. Both moves come as part of recent negotiations between Ukraine and Russia to end the deadly conflict in eastern Ukraine. Although talks have suffered a setback in recent weeks, both parts have already shown a commitment to finding a solution to the conflict.

Military confirms disengagement of troops in Zolote, Luhansk

The military has confirmed that the disengagement of government and separatist Russian-backed rebels has started in Zolote, Luhansk. In a social media statement, the Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation said that the disengagement in this eastern Ukranian front  "became possible by maintaining the ceasefire during the last week." The statement was confirmed by Ukraine's Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko. Earlier this month, both parts engaged in the conflict have reached an agreement to halt aggression. In a statement, the representative for OSCE's Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine, Ambassador Martin Asjdik, said:" Today, the sides have just renewed the disengagement of forces and hardware in Zolote. They launched the white and green signal flares confirming their readiness to proceed. The sides today will continue their negotiations on the renewal of disengagement of forces and hardware in Petrivske.”

Eastern Ukraine's peace talks suffer setback over troops withdrawal

Peace negotiations between Ukraine and Russia have suffered a fresh setback after Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi refused to withdraw troops from the eastern Donbas region. When negotiations started earlier this month, President Zelenskyi was willing to offer a compromise and accept to grant special status to both Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. Initially, the agreement dictated that both pro-Russian and Ukranian forces would withdraw from the region; however, Ukraine's defence ministry has accused pro-Russian militants of continuing to launch attacks. Russia has said that they are still open to resuming peace talks, which are also being monitored by France and Germany. Since the negotiations started, several protests have been reported across Kiev.

Thousands protest deal to grant special status to conflict-ridden Donbas region

Thousands took to the streets of Kiev to protest against talks between Ukraine and Russia that would grant special status to the conflict-ridden Donbas region in eastern Ukraine. Demonstrators marched across the capital on Sunday as President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is willing to make concessions to end the long-standing conflict in the region. Among the proposals include setting a date for elections and giving the region special status after the vote is held. Besides Ukraine and Russia, France and Germany are also taking part in peace talks. Despite vowing to the removal of all Ukrainian troops from the contact line, Russia has also been called to withdraw troops from the region before the elections are held - Russia has denied having any troops in eastern Ukraine. The agreement still has to pass in parliament, where President Zelenskiy's Servant of the People holds a majority.

Cargo plane crashes near Lviv airport

A cargo plane has reportedly crashed near Lviv airport, leaving at least five people dead. The accident happened on Friday morning at around 07:29 local time. According to BBC, the aircraft disappeared from flight radars at around 07:10, with one of the crew making contact 19 minutes later to report an emergency landing attempt. The wreckage was found about a mile away from Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport, where it had crash landed. The plane had been en route from Lviv to Spain. The aircraft has been identified as a Ukrainian Antonov-12 - a Soviet-designed four-engine plane. Preliminary investigations suggest the emergency landing attempt was made in connection with the plane running out of fuel.

Wanted criminal killed in police shootout

A wanted criminal has allegedly been killed and two police officers have been injured during a shootout with the police near the capital city of Kyiv. The crossfire reportedly occurred on Tuesday morning in the village of Khotyanovka, in the outer outskirts of the capital. According to reports, the police were carrying out a raid operation when they encountered the suspect who opened fire on police officers, triggering a fatal exchange of fire. The suspect has been identified as a Georgian national who was apparently wanted by the police in connection with a number of crimes and terror-related offences.

Power cuts reported amidst thunderstorms

Power cuts have reportedly been affecting more than 100 towns and villages amidst thunderstorms and adverse weather in Ukraine. Heavy rain and stormy weather in the last 24 hours has led to the disruption in power supplies, affecting towns across the country. Some of the worst affected areas have been the Kyiv, Lviv, Ternopil, Volyn, and Zhytomyr areas. General travel disruption also remains likely.

Explosion hits Luhansk overpass

An explosion has reportedly hit a stretch of an overpass in Luhansk, with provisional police investigations suggesting that Russian-backed separatist rebels from the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) may have been responsible for the attack. According to local reports, the blast occurred on Thursday evening, hitting a bridge section of the overpass near the Lutuginskaya intersection with 2nd Stroitelnaya Street. The police have stated that 15kg bombs were used to blow up the bridge. No casualties have been reported as a result of the explosion.

Kiev residence of former central bank chief set on fire

The residence of the former head of the Ukrainian Central Bank has been set on fire in a suspected arson attack. AP reported that the home of Valeria Gontareva near Kiev was ablaze on Monday. Police are still investigating the incident. Gontareva has been previously targeted in other incidents. She previously accused the billionaire banker Ihor Kolomoyskyi, the former owner of the embattled PrivatBank, of threatening her. A feud between Gontareva and Kolomoyskyi started when she led the nationalisation plans of the PrivatBank during the administration of President Petro Poroshenko. The PrivatBank had recently made headlines after Prime Minister Oleksyi Honcharuk denied to claims that he had been holding negotiations to make a settlement with the bank. The nationalisation of the PrivatBank was overturned back in April after a court found the procedure illegal. The rule was made despite the injection of $6bn.

Rebel fighter killed in Donetsk shooting

A Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) rebel fighter has reportedly been killed in a shooting incident in Donetsk. DPR fighter Roman Dzhumaev was arrested last month and had been under house arrest in the Mariupol area. The incident supposedly occurred on Monday morning at a property on Voiniv-Vyzvolyteliv Street, where it's alleged Dzhumaev was shot dead on the doorstep of his apartment. No details have been given on how or why he was killed as an investigation gets underway. Dzhumaev was detained in 2017 trying to cross the border into Ukraine, having moved to Russia.

Six soldiers injured in Donetsk shelling

At least six Ukrainian soldiers have allegedly been injured by shelling in the eastern Donestk region, where the government forces have been clashing with the Russian-backed separatist Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) rebel forces. It's claimed that the shelling was fired by DPR rebels, targeting Ukrainian armed forces positions in Donestk over the weekend. Military officials reported at least 11 incidents of firing in the area which resulted in casualties amongst soldiers. It has not been specified whether the armed forces returned fire.

Parliament approves impeachment bill

Parliament has approved a bill that will allow any sitting president to be removed from office if they breach the law. In two votes held on Tuesday, lawmakers overwhelmingly approved the legislation. President Volodymyr Zelenskyi's Servant of the People backed the bill, which was heavily criticised by the opposition due to its quick approval. Opposition members claimed that the bill is meaningless and that nothing has changed. The new law will allow lawmakers to open impeachment proceedings after approval of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court. Subsequently, the process will need to be approved by three-quarters of parliament. The bill passed days after lawmakers voted in favour to strip their own political immunity from prosecution.

Dozens arrive in Kiev as part of historical prisoner swap with Russia

Dozens of Ukrainian nationals have been released in a historical prisoner swap between Ukraine and Russia. In total, 35 Ukranian nationals arrived at Kiev's Boryspil Airport. Most of them include Ukrainian sailors detained back in 2018 on the Kersh Strait off Crimea. The Ukrainian government has made public the name of all those released, while Russia has not yet published a full list of those transferred back to Moscow. However, among them is Volodymyr Tsemakh, who is among the main suspects in the internationally-led investigation on the MH17 plane crash. The Netherlands has strongly criticised Ukraine for including Tsemakh on the list. President Volodymyr Zelenskyi has said: "We have to do all the steps to finish this horrible war."

Lawmakers vote in favour to strip their own political immunity from prosecution

Lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved a bill which aims to remove their political immunity from prosecution. In a vote held on Tuesday, the bill passed with 373 votes in favour in the 450-seat Verkhovna Rada. While some praised the measure as a landmark to battle widespread corruption in Ukraine, others fear that it may facilitate politically-motivated persecution against the opposition. The bill was proposed by President Volodymyr Zelenskiy who vowed to address corruption in Ukraine. He was elected in April and his Servant of the People party has recently secured a majority in parliament.

Parliament approves nomination of Oleksiy Honcharuk as Ukraine's new prime minister

Parliament has approved the nomination of Oleksiy Honcharuk as Ukraine's new prime minister. Lawmakers in the Verkhovna Rada have approved his nomination in a vote held on Thursday. Honcharuk was nominated by President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who was elected back in April. Although he had previously worked with politics and ran in the parliamentary elections back in 2014, Honcharuk is considered a political novice. Further, the former Ukranian ambassador to NATO, Vadym Prystaiko, was nominated to lead the ministry of foreign affairs and Andriy Zahorodnuyk to head the defence ministry.

Russian journalist released on bail months after detention

Russian journalist Kirill Vyshinsky has been freed months after being arrested on treason charges. Vyshinsky is the head of the Russian RIA Novosti news agency in Ukraine. He was detained back in 2018 after being charged for supporting Russian-backed separatists through his alleged engagement in Russian-sponsored information warfare. TASS reported that he was released on bail after a court order. His trial started in April, months after he was detained by the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU). He claimed that his detention was politically motivated. At the time of his arrest, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) raised concerns and called for his release after a later trial in November 2018.

Large gatherings expected ahead of Independence Day celebrations

Large gatherings are expected at Kiev's Maidan Square ahead of the Ukrainian Independence Day celebrations on Saturday. An official parade is scheduled to start from 09:00 local time and last until 12:00. Enhanced security measures will be enforced along the parade's route and major central areas of the capital. Road closures and public transport disruption are likely. A protest is also expected during the morning, where demonstrators will march from Shevchenko University to Maidan Square. This is the first Independence Day celebration in Ukraine since President Volodymyr Zelenskiy took office.

Several killed in hotel fire in Odesa

At least eight people have been killed and 10 others injured after a fire broke out at a hotel in the resort city of Odesa. Ukraine's State Emergency Service confirmed that the fire broke out in the early hours of Saturday morning. According to reports, a large portion of the Tokyo Star Hotel was destroyed. The budget hotel is located just opposite to Starosinnyi Square and near the Odesa-Horlova train station in Prymorsk-Raion district. Dozens were evacuated from the area as firefighters took three hours to extinguish the blaze. Authorities are still investigating what the origins of the fire are. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said that those involved will be prosecuted and claimed that further action will be taken to enforce safety regulations in other accommodations.

Water workers evacuated after shooting in Donetsk

Workers repairing an important water pipeline were evacuated after shootings were reported near the Line of Contact in Donetsk. Water supplier Voda Donbasa (VD) told WASH Cluster that the incident happened on Thursday afternoon. No members of the VD crew were injured. Repairs are currently being carried out on a pipeline providing water to the towns of Verkhnotoretske and Vasylivka, which house more than 3,000 people combined. Damages to the pipeline are not believed to have been caused by the ongoing armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. According to the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), an increase in the number of explosions was confirmed during the latest reporting period. SMM confirmed that heavy-machine-gun fire caused damage to residences and a school in the rebel-held Horlivka. Further, the SMM reiterated that they continue to facilitate operations of key civilian infrastructure in Zolote, Popasna, Petrivske, Raivka and the Donetsk Filtration Station.

President Zelenskiy calls Russia's Putin to resume peace talks

President Volodymyr Zelenskyi has urged his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to resume peace talks to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine. President Zelenskyi's request came after four Ukrainian soldiers were killed earlier this week in Donetsk. He added that he will contact French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to revamp the Normandy Format talks. Calls for the resumption of peace talks were previously made last month, several weeks before the Ukrainian parliamentary elections. Although a ceasefire was declared last week, frequent ceasefire violations have been reported daily both in Donetsk and Luhansk. It is estimated that more than 13,000 people were killed in eastern Ukraine since the conflict broke out in 2014.

Ukrainian soldiers killed during confrontation near Pavlopil, Donetsk

Four Ukrainian soldiers have been killed during a confrontation in eastern Ukraine. According to the ministry of defence, the soldiers engaged in a confrontation with Russian-backed separatists near Pavlopil, Donetsk. According to the latest report of the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), 27 explosions were reported in Donetsk between Sunday and Monday evening. SMM also reported that most of the ceasefire violations were reported near the government-controlled town of Avdviika. The SMM continues to record dozens of ceasefire violations despite the so-called Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine reaffirmed a commitment to engage in a ceasefire back in late-July.

Estonia not to recognise Russian passports issued in Ukraine's separatist regions

Estonia's Foreign Minister Urman Reinsalu has announced that Estonia will not recognise Russian passports issued in separatist regions of eastern Ukraine. In a statement released on Monday, Reinsalu said: "Granting expedited Russian citizenship to the residents of eastern Ukraine is another attempt to undermine the independence of Ukraine and perpetuate the current unstable security situation in eastern Ukraine. It goes completely against the spirit of the Minsk agreements." The measure will affect passports issued to non-Russian citizens before late-April 2019, which is the date when Russian President Vladimir Putin announced plans to expedite citizenship requests from Ukrainians living in Luhansk and Donetsk. Estonia already applies a similar measure on those from the annexed region of Crimea. Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and a number of areas around the Donbas region are under the control of Russian-backed rebels.

Russian tanker seized in Izmail over Kerch Strait incident

A Russian tanker has been seized for its alleged involving in last November's Kerch Strait incident. Reuters reported that the Nika Spirit was detained just after entering the port of Izmail, located on the border with Romania. Russia's government said that the Nika Spirit's seizure will have serious consequences. Last November, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) seized three Ukrainian Navy vessels and detained more than two dozen crew members. Ukraine confirmed that there were counter-intelligence officers of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) amongst the sailors detained. 

President Zelenskiy's party forecast to win snap parliamentary elections

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's Servant of the People party is set to win the Ukrainian snap parliamentary election held on Sunday. According to preliminary results released by the Central Election Commission of Ukraine, with nearly 53 percent of the votes counted, President Zelenskiy's party garnered more than 42 percent of the votes. In a far second, with nearly 13 percent of the votes, came the pro-Russian Opposition Platform. Petro Poroshenko's European Solidarity got just over 8.5 percent. The turnout was around 50 percent. Despite strong results, the Servant of the People may still need to form a coalition to secure a majority in the Verkhovna Rada. Snap elections were called just after President Zelenskyi' was sworn into office in May.

Ukraine to hold parliamentary elections on Sunday

Ukraine is set to hold its parliamentary elections on Sunday. Snap elections were called just after President Volodymyr Zelenskyi was elected and dissolved parliament. His Servant of the People Party is expected to garner most seats in the Verkhovna Rada, while the Opposition Platform is forecast to come in a far second. Other parties that may win significant seats in parliament include Petro Poroshenko's European Solidarity and Yuliya Timochenko's Fatherland. It is still unclear if President Zelenskyi's party will achieve a majority. President Zelenskyi has reported considerably high popularity rates. He has already pushed through some reforms while intending to cease altercations with Russia and to tackle corruption. However, his ties with TV oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky may not convince some of the sceptical electorate. Hundreds of international observers have arrived in Ukraine to monitor the process.

Trilateral Contact Group reaffirms commitment to ceasefire in eastern Ukraine

The Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine has expressed its recommitment to a new ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. In a statement released on Wednesday, it reaffirmed "its full commitment to a comprehensive, sustainable and unlimited cease-fire starting from 21 July 2019". The Trilateral Contact Group is comprised of representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). With the new ceasefire, both parts of the conflict in Donetsk and Luhansk are urged to adhere to previous guidelines decided on both Minsk agreements. The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) often record daily ceasefire violations and incidents along the contact line in eastern Ukraine. Last week, Ukraine's recently elected President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has called on his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to resume peace talks to end the eastern Ukraine conflict. 

President Zelenskiy invites Putin to resume peace talks

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has called on his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to resume peace talks to end the eastern Ukraine conflict. In a media statement, he urged the Russian president to sit on the negotiations table, while proposing that mediation be led by the UK, US, Germany and France. AP reported that President Putin is willing to hold talks, but he would only consider it after the Ukrainian parliamentary elections are held later this month. Russia and Ukraine have previously held talks and signed two separate Minsk Agreements in 2014 and 2015. However, the conflict in Ukraine still persists. Daily ceasefire violations are reported by both sides as Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian state forces continue fighting in Luhansk and Donetsk.

Ukraine hosts 12-day military exercise in the Black Sea

Ukraine is co-hosting a 12-day military exercise in the Black Sea dubbed as the Sea Breeze 2019. Alongside Ukraine, the US and 17 other NATO and non-NATO countries are taking part in the drill, which will involve 32 warships and 24 aircraft. The Sea Breeze 2019 kicked off on Monday after an opening ceremony held in the port town of Odesa. The US Naval Forces Europe-Africa/US 6th Fleet say that the exercise is "designed to enhance interoperability among participating nations and strengthen regional security by focusing on a variety of security and stability scenarios in the areas of land, sea and air". The drill comes amid rising tensions between the US and Russia over increasing military activity in eastern Ukraine and around the Crimean Peninsula.

Large crowds to attend Kiev Pride

Large crowds are expected to attend the Kiev Pride parade on Sunday. The event is scheduled to kick off at 08:30 and last until 12:30 local time. Attendees are expected to march from the Opera House towards the Taras Shevchenko Park. Enhanced security measures are expected to be implemented across central Kiev, while road closures and disruption to public transport are also expected. Travellers are advised to remain vigilant due to the possibility of counter-protests.

Constitutional Court rules in favour of parliament dissolution

Ukraine's Constitutional Court has ruled in favour of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's move to dissolve parliament. President Zelenskiy took office in March and promptly dissolved parliament while calling for early elections. He claims that the decision came to tackle corruption. Snap elections are scheduled for 21 July, several months earlier than previously set. President Zelenskiy was elected after defeating Petro Poroshenko, who ran for re-election.

OSCE report shows significant increase in ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine

The latest status report of the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) of the Organisation of Security Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) revealed that a significant increase on ceasefire violations was reported in a two-week period in June. In the report published on Monday, the SMM revealed that between 03 and 16 June, 14,700 ceasefire violations were reported, a civilian was killed and 16 others were injured. The report shows that anti-tank mines were spotted in Staromykhailivka, Lozove, Prychepylivka, Krasnohorivka, Travneve and Pisky. Additionally, civilian property and schools were also damaged by shelling and shots in Zolote, Marinka and Chermalyk. Heavy military weaponry was also found in some civilian population centres, including Tarasivka, Chernenko, Bezimenne and Luhansk. According to SMM, at least 57 civilians were killed so far in 2019 in the context of the eastern Ukrainian conflict.

Four men charged for downing MH-17 flight in eastern Ukraine

Four men have been criminally charged for downing the Malaysia Airlines flight MH-17. The Boeing 777 crashed in a rebel-held area in eastern Ukraine in July 2014 and killed 298 people. The incident happened in the context of the ongoing eastern Ukraine conflict. The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) - also composed of Belgium, Malaysia, Australia and Ukraine - has named Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinsky, Olega Pulatov and Leonid Kharchenko as the suspects. The first three are Russian nationals with an extensive military background. According to JIT, they were high-level ranking officials in the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic (DPR). Kharchenko, a Ukrainian national, was a field commander in the DPR. The probe concluded that they were at the time part of the 53rd anti-aircraft brigade stationed in the town of Pervomaiskiy - JIT claims that the crash site is still inaccessible. According to the investigations, they are accused of liaising with Russia to acquire heavy weaponry, such as the Buk surface-to-air launcher used to fire the Russian-made 9M38 missile. JIT has issued international arrest warrants and requested Russia and Ukraine to cooperate with the investigations. The court hearing is scheduled for March 2020.

Six killed in fire at psychiatric hospital in Odessa

At least six people have been killed after a fire broke out at a psychiatric hospital in Odessa, southern Ukraine. Reuters reported that the incident happened on Monday evening in a municipal facility in the Black Sea port city. Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman is set to form a committee to investigate the causes of the fire.

Ultra-nationalists topple statue of soviet-era general in Kharkiv

Clashes broke out when ultra-nationalists toppled the statue of a Soviet-era general in Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine. Demonstrators targeted the statue of General Georgy Zhukov at a square near a local government building. At least one person was injured when protesters clashed with the police. Protesters took to the streets in response to the creation of the Doviriay Spravam party, led by two pro-Russia mayors in Ukraine. Protesters claim General Zhukov's statue violates a 2015 law that prohibits soviet and Nazi-era symbols in Ukraine.

PM announces resignation

The Ukrainian prime minister, Volodymyr Groysman has announced his resignation following the swearing-in of President Zelensky. Groysman's resignation came just hours after the Zelensky's inauguration ceremony on Monday - during which he dissolved parliament as he called for snap elections. The President also called for high-level resignations - the move is an attempt to deliver on an election campaign promise to tackle corruption within the political system.

New president calls snap parliamentary election

Ukraine's new president, Volodymr Zelensky, has called a snap parliamentary election. Former TV comedian Zelensky made the announcement during his swearing-in ceremony in Kiev on Monday. Zelensky stated that he was "dissolving the Verkhovna Rada" in an apparent bid to dilute corruption levels within the political system. "People must come to power who will serve the public", he said during the ceremony. Zelensky has prioritised ending the conflict with Russian-backed rebels in the eastern Donetsk region. Russian President Vladimir Putin stated he won't congratulate Zelensky, but would wait for progress in Donetsk.

Ruling coalition breaks up ahead of presidential inauguration

President Petro Poroshenko's coalition partner, the People's Front Party, has announced that it is leaving the coalition with the current administration. Outgoing President Poroshenko is scheduled to step down on Monday after parliament set a date for the inauguration of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Party leader Maksym Burbak said: “We declare our withdrawal from the current coalition, the cessation of its activities (...) and the initiative to form a new coalition with a new agenda". Zelenskiy previously announced intentions to dissolve parliament and call for snap elections. The People's Front was the junior coalition partner of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc. With its withdrawal of support, the party has one month to form a new coalition. Parliament's term is due in November.

Parliament sets Volodymyr Zelenskiy's inauguration date to 20 May

Parliament has largely approved the date for the inauguration of President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy. In a vote held on Thursday, the Verkhovna Rada has set the date for 20 May. With his inauguration, parliament may be disbanded and early elections may be called. Intentions to dissolve parliament, due for elections in November, were previously announced after Zelenskiy's victory last month. It comes as lawmakers are scheduled to vote in a bill aimed at limiting presidential powers. Zelenskiy is a known comedian in Ukraine and a political novice. He has entered the political arena after defeating President Petro Poroshenko in a run-off vote.

Twelve injured in numerous clashes with separatist forces

The Joint Forces Operation has reported that there were 15 attacks by separatist militants in the last 24 hours.  According to reports, three Ukrainian servicemen and nine separatists were injured in the exchange of artillery shots.  

Parliament approves controversial bill to grant special status to the Ukrainian language

Parliament has approved a bill that would grant special status to the Ukranian language. Although most of the population speak both Ukrainian and Russian fluently, the new law will dictate that the Ukrainian language should be mastered by all members of the public sector, including the military, health and education. Additionally, the new law will establish that movies and TV content should be mostly in the Ukrainian language, while computer software should include a Ukrainian interface or any other EU language. The bill was championed by outgoing President Petro Poroshenko, who is leaving office after losing last Sunday's presidential elections to Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Zelenskiy said that his government will review the new law after a number of Russian-majority communities said it was discriminatory.

Russia approves bill to ease citizenship requests of residents in eastern Ukraine

Russia President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that would facilitate people in eastern Ukraine to receive Russian citizenship. The bill was published on Wednesday and seeks to grant residents in some areas in Luhansk, Donetsk and Crimea the right to become Russian citizens. Previously, those seeking to become Russian nationals were requested to live at least five years in Russia before applying. With the new law, citizenship requests will be processed within three months. The EU, Germany and the US condemned the new law, while Ukraine's President-elect Volodymyr Zalenskiy accused Russia of hindering peace efforts. Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, while a number of areas around the Donbas region are under control of Russian-backed rebels.

Two killed and four injured in Donetsk clashes

On 25 April, the Joint Forces Operation headquarters said that there had been 14 attacks by separatist militants in the last 24 hours. Following an exchange of gunfire, two separatists were killed and three wounded, as well as one Ukrainian serviceman who died.  

Five killed in Donetsk clashes

At least five people have been killed and another five have been wounded in recent clashes between the Ukrainian armed forces and the Russian-backed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) separatist rebels in the Donetsk region. Throughout the last 24 hours, it's been reported that the DPR rebels launched nine attacks on Ukrainian military positions, killing one soldier and wounding another. Four DPR rebels were also killed and another four were wounded in retaliatory gunfire from the Ukrainian troops.

Volodymyr Zalenskiy wins presidential run-off vote

Volodymyr Zalenskiy has achieved a massive victory in the presidential run-off held on Sunday. Preliminary polls show that he achieved a landslide victory after garnering more than 73 percent of the votes against President Petro Poroshenko, who got 24 percent. Zelensky turned up victorious in most oblasts in Ukraine, while Poroshenko only secured the eastern region of Lviv. Zalensky is a famous comedian in Ukraine and largely portrayed as an alternative to traditional political parties in the country. Among his main policies, is resuming peace talks in war-torn eastern Ukraine. Additionally, the new president will also face increasing challenges on long-needed judicial reforms to tackle corruption, address the crucial issues of Ukraine’s energy dependency and the country’s serious economic downturn.

Zelensky fails to appear for public debate

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke alone to thousands of people in Kiev's Olympic Stadium, after his opponent Volodymyr Zelensky failed to appear.  The two men had agreed to a debate, but failed to agree a date.  Critics say that Mr Poroshenko has not done enough to fight issues such as corruption, but Mr Zelensky, who is a TV star and a comedian, has staged no rallies and given few interviews, raising questions about his political views.  Nevertheless, following a social media campaign, he finished the first round in the lead with more than 30 percent of the vote, and is expected to win the ballot next weekend.

DPR rebel killed in Donetsk crossfire

A member of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) rebel forces has allegedly been killed, while four other DPR rebels have been wounded following a recent crossfire in the Donetsk region. Numerous clashes occurred overnight, after DPR forces targeted Ukrainian military positions in the Avdiyivka, Hnutove, Katerynivka, Novo-Oleksandrivka, Shyrohyne, Pavlopil, Pisky, Verkhniotoretske, and Zolote areas. No military personnel were injured in the clashes.

Clashes reported in Donetsk

Violent clashes have been reported between the military and Russian-backed separatist forces in the eastern Donetsk region of Ukraine. According to reports, at least one Ukrainian soldier and seven Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) rebels have been killed, while three security personnel and six DPR rebels were also wounded in the fighting, which was sparked by 13 DPR attacks on Ukrainian military positions within the last 24 hours.

Five killed in Donetsk clashes

At least five fatalities have been reported following clashes between the Ukrainian security forces and the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) rebel forces in the Donetsk region. According to regional reports, the Russian-backed separatist DPR forces launched a number of armed attacks on the Ukrainian military overnight, killing two security personnel and wounding two others. The Ukrainian troops allegedly returned fire, killing at least three DPR rebels and wounding a further eight.

Two rebels killed in Donetsk clashes

Two rebels from the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) forces have been killed, while six other rebels have also been wounded following clashes with the Ukrainian armed forces in the Donetsk region. According to reports, the DPR forces launched at least 18 armed attacks on Ukrainian military positions within the last 24 hours. At least three Ukrainian soldiers were also wounded in crossfires.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy to face President Poroshenko in run-off vote

Volodymyr Zelenskiy has achieved the most votes in the Ukrainian presidential elections. According to the Central Electoral Commission (CYK), preliminary results show that Zelenskiy garnered more than 30 percent of the votes. President Petro Poroshenko has garnered around 16 percent of the votes, while in third place came former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko with 13 percent. In close fourth place came Boyko Yuriy, a pro-Russian politician part of the Opposition Bloc party. He was mostly supported in the war-torn Donetsk and Luhansk provinces. Most of the support for Zelenskiy came from younger voters, who sought an alternative to traditional political parties in Ukraine. Although he has no political experience, Zelenskiy is a famous comedian and actor, having played the role of president in a TV show. He is a close ally of TV magnate and avid government critic Igor Kolomoisky, who is currently in self-imposed exile. Zelenskiy is set to face President Poroshenko in the run-off vote, which is scheduled to 21 April.

Three killed in Luhansk clashes

At least three people have been killed and two others have been wounded in clashes between the Ukrainian security forces and the Russian-backed separatist Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) rebel forces in the Luhansk region. A Ukrainian soldier and two DPR rebels were both confirmed dead on Tuesday, while two other DPR rebels were also injured. The fighting allegedly came about as a result of three DPR attacks on the security forces in the Katerynivka area.

Large crowds to attend nationalist protest in Kiev

Large crowds are expected to take part in a march in Kiev on Saturday. Demonstrators will gather at the Maidan Square in central Kiev. A nationalist group known as the Nationalist Corps is behind the march. Thousands of protesters are expected to take part in the demonstration. Protests organised by the Nationalist Corps has previously turned violent. Travellers are advised caution and to avoid the area as tensions may escalate. A number of protests and marches have engulfed Ukraine in recent months as the country prepares to hold its presidential elections on 31 March. 

Dozens of candidates to run for office ahead of presidential vote on 31 March

Ukraine's Central Elections Commission has announced that 39 presidential candidates are set to run for office ahead of the elections on 31 March. President Petro Poroshenko seeks a second term in office. Among the main candidates are former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a famous TV comedian in Ukraine. Although some inconsistencies are found on proposals from both opposition candidates, President Poroshenko's government has been tainted by corruption scandals. The elections are centred on issues such as the country's approach to NATO and the EU, taxation, energy prices, Russia meddling in Ukraine and government-level corruption. The vote comes just months before the parliamentary elections, which will be key to the introduction of reforms. This is the first presidential election since Poroshenko's predecessor, Viktor Yakunovych, was forced out of office in 2014.

Donetsk clashes kill four DPR rebels

Clashes in the eastern Donestk region of Ukraine have resulted in the deaths of four Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) rebels. Fighting between the Ukrainian armed forces and the Russian-backed separatist DPR rebel forces was reported in parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk areas on Thursday. According to local reports, four DPR rebels have been killed and 13 others have been wounded, while one DPR vehicle was also destroyed.

Presidential election to take place

A presidential election is due to take place in Ukraine later this month. According to local reports, the election will take place on 31 March, with large crowds expected to be drawn to the capital city of Kiev. Protests and demonstrations, as well as political rallies, are likely to occur throughout the run-up to the election. Some disruption should be expected and heightened security measures may be in place closer to the election.

Russia frees Ukrainian archbishop in Crimea

A Ukrainian archbishop has been freed by the Russian authorities in Crimea. Archbishop Kliment of Simferopol was reportedly arrested by Russian police in Simferopol over the weekend as he made his way to the court hearing of a Ukrainian citizen being tried for terrorism against Russia. Kliment is the region's top clergyman of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and was accused of stealing silverware from the church and swearing at a bus stop. The archbishop was released without charge on Monday after being detained for around 24 hours, and has since claimed Russia was trying to tarnish his reputation.

Opposing factions ready to engage in dialogue over Donbass conflict

On 21 February, the leaders of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) have announced that they are ready to engage in dialogue with the Ukrainian government over the Donbass conflict.  The leadership of the Donetsk People's Militia had urged European states to persuade Kiev to hold direct negotiations.

Surveillance of Sea of Azov to be increased

The head of the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service (SBGS), Petro Tsyhykal, has announced that five new observation towers have been erected on the coast of the Sea of Azov.  The towers will be equipped with audiovisual surveillance equipment, and according to reports, Ukraine is also negotiating the purchase of 22 patrol vessels from France to supplement the country's Border Guard Service in the Azov and Black Seas.  The move comes after an incident in the Kerch Strait in the Sea of Azov in November, when a group of Ukrainian boats was attacked by the Russian Navy.  

President Poroshenko seeks re-election and closer ties with the EU and NATO

President Petro Poroshenko has announced intentions to launch his re-election bid ahead of the presidential elections in March. In a political rally held on Tuesday, President Poroshenko has said that he is seeking a second five-year term in office. He further said that he is submitting a bid to join the EU in 2024, while also seeking closer cooperation with NATO. Poroshenko has been in office since 2014, when violent protests led to the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych. Last week, Yanukovych, who fled to Russia, has been found guilty of treason for aiding Russia on the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.

Former President Yanukovych found guilty of treason

A court in Kiev has found former President Viktor Yanukovych guilty of treason. Yanukovych was accused of aiding Russia on the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. He stepped down from office in 2014 and fled to Russia after major protests broke out when he scrapped an association agreement between Ukraine and the EU. He is being charged on three counts of high treason, collusion with Russian officials and for taking actions to violate Ukraine's sovereignty. He was sentenced in absentia for 13 years in prison. Since the Crimean annexation, over 10,000 people were killed in the eastern Ukraine conflict. 

Sixteen killed in Donestk clashes

At least 16 fatalities have been reported following a series of clashes in the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk areas. According to reports, the Ukrainian armed forces engaged in fighting with Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) rebel forces on Wednesday. Some 16 DPR rebels were allegedly killed and at least 10 Ukrainian soldiers were also wounded in the crossfire.

Four killed in Donetsk clashes

At least four people have allegedly been killed and some five others have been wounded following recent clashes between the Ukrainian military and separatist armed groups in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Unconfirmed reports indicate the Russian-backed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) separatist rebel forces opened fire on the Ukrainian armed forces on Monday, sparking a fatal exchange of fire. Four DPR rebels were reportedly killed, while three others were wounded, along with two Ukrainian soldiers.

Five hurt in Pavlohrad coal mine explosion

On 10 January at around 09:15 local time, five miners sustained injuries due to a methane blast at a coal mine in Pavlohrad in the Dnipropetrovsk region. The victims were taken to hospital suffering from burns. 

Ukrainian businessman arrested in Switzerland

Swiss police have reported that a Ukrainian businessman has been arrested under suspicion of the kidnapping of an ex-mayor in the Dominican Republic, as well as material damage by criminal activity.  Denys Pashchenko had been the subject of an international arrest warrant since November 2018, and Ukraine are understood to be preparing the necessary paperwork for his extradition.  

President announces end to martial law in 10 regions

President Poroshenko announced the end of martial law in 10 areas of the country on 26 December, despite saying that the situation "had not changed much".  Martial law had been imposed for 30 days over a Russian attack against Ukrainian navy vessels in November.  

US pledges $10 million for Ukrainian navy

The US State Department has pledged an additional $10 million to Ukraine to boost the country's navy.  The move comes in response to the seizure of three of their military vessels by Russia in December.

Poland closes pedestrian checkpoint

With effect from 1 January, the Polish Border Guard Service has closed the "Dolgobychuv-Ugrynov" checkpoint for pedestrians on the Ukrainian border.  The move comes amid claims that pedestrian traffic creates a threat, and the temporary infrastructure, which was implemented as a trial in 2015 and repeatedly extended, is inadequate

Trilateral Contact Group reiterate calls for ceasefire in eastern Ukraine

A meeting held between Ukraine, Russia and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) reiterated calls for a ceasefire during the holiday season in eastern Ukraine. The Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) met on Wednesday in Minsk, Belarus, to discuss further developments in the eastern Ukrainian conflict. OSCE Chairperson in Ukraine, Ambassador Martin Sajdik, said that 2018 recorded the lowest number of civilian casualties since the conflict started in 2014. He also said that for the first time, a number of prisoner exchanges with the rebel-occupied territory in Donetsk and Luhansk were successful. However, Ambassador Sajdik raised concerns over the increasing number of landmines and unexploded ordinance in eastern Ukrainian territory. Another TCG meeting is scheduled to take place in mid-January.

IMF approves loan to Ukraine

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a 3.9-billion-dollar loan to Ukraine. The loan is replacing another assistance package that was suspended due to insufficient reforms. It was recently approved after the country announced the launching of an anti-corruption commision, adjustment to energy prices and adoption of the revamped 2019 budget. The loan comes as a lifeline to President Petro Poroshenko who is facing severe pressure ahead of next year's general elections. The debt-embattled country continues to face several challenges, especially in its eastern regions and the Crimean peninsula. President Poroshenko is facing former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who is an avid critic of IMF intervention. Preliminary polls show that Tymoshenko would lead the race against Poroshenko and other candidates.

Trade restrictions against Russia extended

On 18 December, parliament voted to extend the embargo on a host of Russian goods and services until the end of 2019.  The sanctions were originally imposed in 2016.  

Armed forces test anti-ship missile system

On 5 December, the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine (NSDC) said that they had carried out a test of a newly-adapted anti-ship missile system.  They reported that the test was successful, with the missile striking a sea-based target in the Black Sea at a range of 280 km.  Oleksander Turchynov, Secretary of the body said that the results of the test were "significant", and proved that Ukraine is capable of defending its' borders in the Black and Azov seas.  The tests come amid increasing tensions with Russia over a naval incident in the Kerch Strait.

Ukraine church council to create independent Orthodox church

President Petro Poroshenko has said that the Ukrainian Church Council will meet in mid-December to discuss the creation of an independent church. For a long time, President Poroshenko has pushed to distance the Ukrainian Orthodox Church from the Russian clergy over claims that the institution is used to meddle in Ukraine's domestic affairs. The decision to hold the council was previously agreed between the government and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I. The move comes as diplomatic tensions with Russia escalated last month after an incident on the Sea of Azov.

President Poroshenko partially summon reservists amid tensions with Russia

President Petro Poroshenko has announced on Monday that he is partially summoning Ukraine's reservists amid the current tensions with Russia. Reservists will be called for training as several regions of the country are under martial law until late-December. President Poroshenko also said that some military units will also be redeployed. In a statement, he said: "Ukraine is taking its own steps in response to the threat of a large-scale Russian invasion”. Russian officials said that the allegations are unfounded and part of a political manoeuvre ahead of the upcoming presidential elections in Ukraine. Tensions with Russia kicked off last week after an altercation on the Azov Sea. The announcement came just as a Russian court formally charged 24 Ukrainian sailors - those detained in last week's incident - for illegally entering Russian territory.

Bulgaria Air flights to Ukraine suspended

On 30 November amid increased tensions between Ukraine and Russia, Bulgaria Air announced that it had temporarily suspended flights between Sofia and Odessa.  The ban will remain in place until at least 16 December, pending normalization of the situation.  Travellers affected should contact Bulgaria Air for further information.

President accuses Russia of troop deployment at border

President Petro Poroshenko said at a military event on Saturday that Russia has deployed more than 80,000 troops and huge weapons resources along their common border.  Tensions between the two have escalated after a naval conflict in the Black Sea on 25 November, in which Russia fired on Ukrainian vessels and then seized them, including their crew.  German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and US Secretary of Defense James Mattis have condemned the Russian move while they are at the G-20 summit in Argentina.  Donald Trump cancelled a planned meeting with Vladimir Putin at the gathering, citing the unresolved stand-off.  A 2003 agreement designates the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait as shared waters, but since Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014, Moscow has tried to exert greater control over the passageway.  Vladimir Putin has accused Mr Poroshenko of seeking conflict to delay elections, including imposing martial law and restricting the entry of combat-age Russians into Ukraine.

Russian males barred from entering the country

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has announced that Russian males aged between 16 and 60 are barred from entering the country, a restriction he said is intended to prevent Russia from forming "private armies" on Ukrainian territory.  The move comes amid increasing tensions between the countries following the naval incident in the Kerch Strait on Sunday, when Russian ships fired on Ukrainian sailors and captured three ships off the Crimean peninsula.

Border agency says that travels to Crimea limited to Ukrainian nationals

Ukraine's border services said on Thursday that only Ukrainian nationals will be allowed to travel to Crimea. A spokesman to the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine told Reuters that: “In connection with the introduction of martial law, the administrative border with temporarily occupied Crimea can be crossed exclusively with Ukrainian documents". The martial law was imposed on Wednesday and is set to last until 26 December. It came after a military altercation with Russian forces in the Kerch Strait. Since the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014, a special permission is necessary for entry into and exit from Crimea - if travellers are heading from and to Ukraine. Most train and bus services from Ukraine have been discontinued.

Russia imposes blockade on Azov Sea ports

On 29 November, Russia imposed a blockade on the ports of Berdyansk and Mariupol in the Azov Sea, preventing Ukrainian vessels from entering and exiting unless they are going to Russian ports.  Tensions remain high in the area, and many governments advise against travel to the far east of the country, including the cities of Donetsk, Horlivka, Makiyivka and Luhansk.  

Poroshenko asks NATO to send ships

President Petro Poroshenko has asked NATO to send ships to "assist Ukraine and provide security" following a naval confrontation with Russia on Sunday.  NATO has expressed support for the country, despite them not being a member state.  Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the Ukrainian President of creating the incident by provocation to boost his ratings ahead of March 2019 elections.  Both countries agreed to share the Azov Sea in 2003, but Russia's decision to open a bridge across the Kerch Strait earlier this year has increased tensions.  On Wednesday, the EU condemned Russia's actions but failed to agree additional sanctions against Russia, while President Trump said that he may cancel a planned meeting with Mr Putin over the incident.

Russia to prosecute Ukranian navy crew

Russia has broadcast television footage of some of the crew of the Ukranian navy vessels captured over the weekend in Crimea, allegedly confessing to intruding into Russian waters.  A court in the Crimean regional capital of Simferopol has remanded 12 of them in custody for two months pending trial on charges of violating the Russian border.  Ukraine has said that its' vessels were operating in line with international maritime rules, while Russia has alleged that they failed to get permission.  A 2003 treaty designated the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov as shared territorial waters, but Russia claimed the strait after annexing Crimea.  Ukraine has demanded that Russia stop using "psychological and physical pressure" on the sailors, and said that the men were "prisoners of war", and displaying them on TV was a crime.

Protesters block Russian trucks in Odessa

On 27 November, nationalist protesters in Odessa stopped four trucks with Russian registrations to demand the release of the Ukrainian sailors who were captured in the Kerch Strait on Sunday.  The patriotic activists removed the registration plates from the vehicles, preventing them from going on their way, but police later returned them, allowing the vehicles to proceed.  

Public warning issued over unmarked aircraft and drones

The General Staff of the Ukranian Armed Forces has warned the general public that any unmarked aircraft or drones flying near military facilities will be shot down, and any operators will be arrested.  In addition, officials have called for the  public to avoid publishing information on social media relating to military facilities, property or personnel.  The announcements come amid increased tension along the Ukraine/Russian border.  

Fishermen in Azov Sea told to return to port

The First Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food, Maxim Martynyuk, has recommended that fisherman in the Azov Sea return to their ports as a precautionary measure.  The advice comes amid tensions with Russia, and the introduction of martial law in Ukraine.

Martial law imposed in Russian border areas for 30 days

On 26 November, Ukranian President Poroshenko signed a decree to impose martial law for a period of 30 days in 10 of the country's 27 regions, starting on 28 November.  The areas affected are Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporishia, Khereson, Mykolaiv, Odesa and Vinnitsa, as well as the Azov-Kerch Strait basin.  Demonstrations took place in front of the Russian Embassy in Kyiv on 25 and 26 November, with participants setting fires and throwing projectiles.  The move to impose martial law comes after a dispute with Russia over shipping in the Kerch Strait, when Ukranian boats were rammed and fired upon on Sunday. Martial law is the imposition of military control over functions usually carried out by the government, and is a tactic used as a reaction to an emergency. Crucially, authorities can ban protests and strikes, regulate the media, and in theory, citizens could be called up for military duty.  Russia's President Putin has expressed concern at the decision.

President Poroshenko declares martial law

President Petro Poroshenko has declared martial law after an incident involving the Ukrainian Navy and the Russian military unfolded in the Kersh Strait. According to a statement released on Monday, the martial law decree is set to last for 60 days. However, the decree still has to be approved in parliament, which will hold an emergency session on Monday. It is still unclear what aspects on martial law will be implemented if the decree is approved, but they may include the prohibition of demonstrations, restrictions of movement, the mobilisation of reserve units and the imposition of a curfew. The declaration came a day after three Ukrainian Navy vessels were seized by the Russian military off Crimea's eastern coast.

Protests likely amid tensions with Russia

Tensions with Russia over the recent incident in the Black Sea may result in further protests in Ukraine as the Parliament discusses a proposal to impose martial law nationwide.  Demonstrations have already taken place on Sunday night outside the Russian Embassy in Kyiv.  Residents and visitors in the city are advised to monitor developments and follow instructions given by local authorities.  

Ukraine and Russia in standoff over Crimean waters

On Sunday, tensions between ex-Soviet neighbours Russia and Ukraine were increased after a tugboat of the the Ukranian navy was rammed by a Russian ship as they were leaving the Kerch Strait on a planned transfer from the port of Odesa to the port of Mariupol in the Sea of Azov.  That evening, Russian coast guard ships opened fire on a group of vessels near the peninsula of Crimea, which was annexed four years ago.  Twenty-three Ukranians on board three other boats were captured by Russia near the Kerch Strait and contact with them has been lost.  Russia claims that the Ukranian vessels illegally entered the temporarily closed waters and that the Ukranians had not filed an application for passage.  The Ukranian side said that notification about the transfer plans had been done in advance and in accordance with international rules.  Russia reportedly later placed ships under the Kerch bridge, blocking all commercial shipping through the straitThe UN Security Council are to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the escalation, while Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko has asked his parliament to vote on whether to impose martial law on the country for two months.  He has said that, despite Russian aggression, he would stick to the Minsk Agreements which are peace deals with Russia and pro-Russian separatists in south-eastern Ukraine that were designed to stop the war that had claimed more than 10,000 lives.  

Five civilians killed and 13 injured during October

A report from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has issued a report for Ukraine, showing that five civilians died and 13 were injured due to violent conflict in the area.  The incidents took place in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, and most were caused by mines and explosive devices.  Figures show that 87 civilians were killed in 2017 in similar incidents.

Patients evacuated due to fire at Lviv hospital

On 21 November, fire broke out at a regional hospital in Lviv, forcing around 216 people, including patients, staff and visitors, to be evacuated from the building.  The incident took place at around 11:30 local time and the blaze was brought under control around 13:10.  No injuries were reported and investigations into the cause of the fire have been opened as preliminary reports suggest that it could have been started deliberately.

OSCE reports several ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine

The Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has identified a number of ceasefire violations both in Donetsk and Luhansk, eastern Ukraine. The latest SMM report released on Monday revealed that most incidents happened near Yasynuvata, Svitlodarsk, Donetsk Filtration Station and Chermalyk in Donetsk. The SMM also identified damages to residential areas in Kruta Balka. Meanwhile, in Luhansk, most incidents happened near Kalynove, while damages to civilian property were reported in Zolote.

Three killed in Luhansk clashes

At least three people have been killed and nine others have been wounded after armed clashes broke out in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. The Ukrainian armed forces in Avdiyivka and Krasnohorivka reportedly came under fire from the Russian-backed Donetsk people's Republic (DPR) separatist rebel forces in ceasefire violations, prompting the security forces to return fire. Three DPR rebels were killed and six others were wounded, while at least three Ukrainian soldiers were also wounded.

Snowfall triggers delays at Kiev International Airport

Heavy snowfall has triggered severe flight delays at Kiev International Airport. Eurocontrol announced on Wednesday afternoon that operations are being significantly affected. Travellers are advised to contact their respective airlines for flight status updates.

Thousands march to demand resumption of gas supply

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets nationwide amid an ongoing crisis affecting gas providers in central and southern Ukraine. As winter temperatures hit the country, thousands of houses and buildings are without central heating systems. Such comes due to a dispute involving the national gas company Naftogaz and regional providers. Gas prices increased as part of a bailout deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Ukraine is facing significant challenges on the provision of gas since it barred imports from Russia after the Crimean annexation in 2014. 

Four soldiers killed in separate attack near Luhansk

At least four Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in separate clashes in eastern Ukraine. According to military sources, two separate attacks were reported overnight on Friday near Luhansk. Tensions mounted just days before a controversial poll was due to be held to elect the new leaders of the self-styled Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic. During the same period, a report from the Special Monitoring Mission of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) recorded a significant intensification of the conflict in Donetsk, especially in Lebedysnke, Pyshchevyk, Debaltseve and Yasynuvata - the last two being rebel-controlled areas.

Pro-Russian candidates win controversial elections in Donbass

Elections have been held in eastern Ukraine to choose the new leaders of the self-declared Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) and Donetsk People's Republic (DPR). In a vote widely condemned by the EU and the US, pro-Russian candidates Denis Pushilin and Leonid Pasechik won in the DPR and LPR respectively. Local authorities claim that a high turnout was recorded on last Sunday's vote - in DPR more than 80 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots. President Petro Poroshenko's government refused to accept the results of the vote and said that they are not legitimate, while the Russian government said that the vote did not infringe any guidelines under the Minsk Peace Agreement. Elections were held several months after DPR leader, Alexander Zakhartchenko, was killed in a bomb attack.

President Poroshenko signs bill to punish Russians visits to Crimea

President Petro Poroshenko has signed a bill which will view Russians crossing into Crimea - a Russian-annexed territory in the Black Sea - as a criminal offence. Ukraine's parliament revealed on Wednesday that the new bill will prohibit Russian nationals from crossing into the annexed territory under the threat of being punished with up to three years in prison. Border crossings into Crimea are still controlled by Ukrainian guards. The ban includes Russian nationals flying from Russia into Crimea or crossing to the peninsula through the newly launched bridge over the Kerch Strait.

Missile system detected in separatist territory

A surface-to-air missile (SAM) system has allegedly been detected by OSCE drones in separatist-held territory in Luhansk. The system was identified as a mobile Russian-made unit and was reportedly positioned near Kalynove. The SAM system is said to be in violation of the Minsk agreement and ceasefire, which prohibits the use of heavy artillery by either side within the security zone in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions.

Ukrainian activist succumbs to wounds after acid attack in Kherson

A Ukrainian activist has succumbed to her wounds after facing an acid attack outside her house in Kherson, southern Ukraine. Kateryna Handzyuk had more than 40 percent of her body burnt and suffered severe injuries to her eye. She succumbed to her wounds on Sunday after passing through nearly a dozen surgeries. Local media suggest that she died due to a blood clot. Reports revealed that five suspects were detained for links to the attack, which happened in late-July. Handzyuk, an advisor to the mayor of Kherson, was known as a critic of police corruption in Ukraine.

Artillery firing reported in Luhansk

At least one Ukrainian soldier has been killed and four others have been wounded in artillery firing in the the Luhansk region. According to reports, gunfire was reported in the region on Monday morning, near Zolote. It's believed the Russian-backed separatist Donetsk Peoples Republic (DPR) forces launched an attack on Ukrainian military positions using heavy-calibre weapons. The Ukrainian security forces are said to have retaliated with return gunfire.

Russia imposes sanctions on Ukraine's political elite

Russia has imposed sanctions on 322 Ukranian individuals as well as 68 organizations amid on-going tensions between Moscow and Kyiv.  The assets of hundreds of politicians and officials as well as dozens of businesses owned by Ukranians were frozen in a decree signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who described the measures as "counter-sanctions".  Kyiv recently imposed its' own financial sanctions on hundreds of Russian individuals and companies.    

Motorists to protest in Kyiv on 31 October

Owners of cars with foreign registrations are due to march in Kyiv and other cities on 31 October, to complain about rising fuel prices and high customs fees on imported cars.  Some transport disruptions are expected.  In a similar protest which took place in the city on 11 October, severe traffic disruption was caused as demonstrators blocked roads with their vehicles.  

Update on Ichnya explosion

On 9 October, a large explosion at an ammunitions depot caused serious damage to the area around Ichnya, Chernihiv Oblast.  As of 24 October, a 10 km exclusion zone remains in existence around the site.  Any individuals in the area are advised to follow the instructions of the Ukranian emergency services.

Seven injured in Sudak minibus crash

On 21 October, a minibus with 10 occupants crashed near Sudak in Crimea.  The incident happened at around 06:30 local time, while the bus was travelling from Kerch to Simferopol.  Seven passengers were injured when the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle, which ended up in a ditch.  

Death toll of Kerch college security incident increases to 18

Crimean officials revealed that the death toll of the Kerch college security incident has risen to 18. Latest reports suggest that the incident unfolded after a bomb was set off in the college's cafeteria. Officials stated that an armed male suspect opened fire at students before killing himself. Local Russian-backed authorities said that the suspect was a college student, while Russian law enforcement said that it is treating the incident as a terrorist attack. No group claimed responsibility for the attack as further investigations is being carried out. Initial reports had revealed that a potential natural gas explosion was the cause of the blast, while Russian authorities confirmed the presence of an unknown explosive device.

Several killed after college explosion in Kerch, Crimea

At least 10 people are feared dead and dozens of others were injured after a blast at a college in Crimea. Emergency services were deployed to the eastern town of Kerch, where the explosion occurred on Wednesday morning. Investigations are still ongoing as it is still unclear what caused the explosion. Preliminary reports suggest that the blast was caused due to a natural gas explosion; however, the Russian authorities told state-agency Tass that it was caused by an “unidentified explosive device”. Kerch is a strategic city located in eastern Crimea. It is the main link between the Russian occupied peninsula and mainland Russia - such was materialised through a recently inaugurated bridge over the Kerch Strait.

Two killed in figher jet crash near Ulanov

On 16 October a military fighter jet crashed near the village of Ulaniv in the Vinniitskaya region during a large-scale NATO aerial exercise.  The incident happened at around 17:00 local time, and the two pilots were killed. Their bodies were found during a search and rescue operation.  Seven hundred troops are taking part in the exercise which is code-named Clear Sky 2018 and which started in Ukraine on 8 October and runs for 11 days.  

Five convicted for espionage

On 17 October, two Russian citizens were sentenced to 10-years in prison, and three Ukranians received five-year sentences as well as confiscation of all property, for assisting a terror organization.  The Ilyichevsky District Court of Mariupol found that the five men had passed information to the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR).  According to investigations, they had collected information about the location of military units in Ukraine and transferred this data to the DPR to use for shelling operations.  Since the DPR is considered a terrorist organization in Ukraine, the sentence was could be related to terrorism.  

Nationwide measles outbreak continues

Over 32,000 cases of measles have been recorded by health officials during 2018, with at over 500 new cases reported during the first week of October.  The most affected areas are Lviv, Transcarpathian, Ivano-Frankivsk, Odessa and Kyiv.  Ukranain medics continue to urge citizens to ensure that they are vaccinated against the disease, which is highly contagious and affects mainly children.  Individuals planning to travel to Ukraine are advised to ensure that their measles vaccinations are up to date, and anyone with symptoms of high fever, runny nose, cough or a rash should seek immediate medical attention.

Union protest in Kyiv on 17 October

The Ukranian Federation of Trade Unions is to hold a protest in Kyiv on Wednesday 17 October.  Protesters will gather at Maidan Nezalezhnosti and march to the Verkhovna Rada and the Cabinet of Ministers building to demand increased salaries and pensions.  

Nationalist rallies to be held on 14 October

Nationalist rallies are to be held in Ukrainian cities on 14 October to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the creation of the Ukranian Insurgent Army (UPA).  In Kiev, marchers will gather at Shevchenko University at 16:00 local time, and proceed to Yevropeiska Square.   A simultaneous march will take place at Liberty Square in Lviv.  Disruption to traffic and local transport is to be expected in both cities.

Explosion at ammunition depot forces evacuations

In the early hours of 9 October, a number of explosions at a local munitions depot forced the evacuation of some 10,000 residents from the area near the city of Chernigov in northern Ukraine.  The immediate vicinity was put on lockdown for air and land travel and an emergency response centre set up.  Emergency crews, including police, firefighters and the National Guard were deployed at the scene, and no injuries have been reported.  Preliminary reports suggest that the blaze started with four explosions, and security services said they had not ruled out sabotage.

Five killed and nine injured in incidents across Donetsk

On 8 October, five people were killed and nine injured in several incidents across Donetsk and Luhansk Oblast.  The Ukranian forces have accused Russian backed forces of the violations of the Minsk agreement.

Hungarian diplomats to be expelled over passport row

Ukraine has given the Hungarian consul three days to leave after a video emerged which appeared to show the diplomat issuing Hungarian passports.  Ukraine does not permit dual citizenship.  Hungary has said in turn that it will expel a Ukrainian consul.  Hungary is a NATO and EU member and has been blocking Ukraine's attempts to integrate with both organizations over the last few months.  Hungarians form the largest ethnic minority in Transcarpathie.  

Section of Crimean railway bridge collapses

On 4 October, local sources reported that a section of the Crimean railway bridge had collapsed during construction work.  No injuries were reported.  

Government expels Hungarian consul amid citizenship row

Ukraine has ordered the Hungarian consul in the western town of Berehove to leave the country after diplomatic tensions escalated amid a citizenship row. The government has accused the Hungarian consulate of illegally providing passports to Transcarpathian Hungarians, a minority group settled in Ukraine - under Ukraine legislation, double citizenship is not allowed. Hungary's Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told Reuters that: “If a country aspiring for NATO membership settles military forces to the border of NATO, it cannot join NATO, and if it launches an attack against dual citizenship, an established EU institution, it cannot join the EU either.” Hungary also expelled the Ukrainian ambassador in Budapest.

President Poroshenko calls for extension of special status law in eastern Ukraine

President Petro Poroshenko has submitted to parliament a bill that seeks to extend the so-called special status law to regions affected by the eastern Ukraine conflict. President Poroshenko urged lawmakers to expedite his request before the law expires later this month. The special status law is considered key to allow negotiations between both parts of the conflict. It was first introduced in 2014 and has been extended once last year. 

Landmine blast kills three teenagers in Horlivka, Donetsk

Three teenagers have been killed after in a landmine explosion in Horlivka, eastern Ukraine. Reuters reported that all the victims studied in the same school. Horlivka has been one of the main areas that have been reporting intense fighting amid the eastern Ukranian conflict. The town is controlled by separatist forces based in the Donetsk region. Since 2014, violent clashes have been reported in the region between Russian-backed separatists and pro-government forces.

Five treated for anthrax poisoning in Odesa region

On 1 October, five people were reportedly treated for anthrax poisoning in the village of Menjailovka in the Sarat District.  No further information was released.

Four killed in firing incidents in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts

On 30 September, four people were killed and at least a further nine injured when Russian troops fired on Ukranian troops in locations across Donetsk and Luhansk Oblast.  Some of the incidents included artillery fire which is prohibited under the Minsk agreement.  

Protests in Kiev after anti-corruption campaigner injured

On Thursday, hundreds of people protested in Kiev outside the presidential office after an anti-corruption campaigner was injured in a gun attack last Saturday.  The assault against Oleg Mykhailyk, leaving him with serious gunshot wounds, was the latest in a series of attacks on activists and government critics across Ukraine.  Police said that three people had been detained on suspicion of attempted murder.

OSCE confirm 182 civilian casualties in eastern Ukraine during 2018

Observers within the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) have confirmed that more than 180 civilians have been either killed or injured this year amid the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. Deputy chief Alexander Hug has said in a press conference on Wednesday that 34 people were killed and 138 others were injured, mostly due to explosions. The latest OSCE's Special Monitoring Mission report states that its stations recorded over 80 explosions in Donetsk and Luhansk - in the previous 24-hour period more than 200 explosions were reported in Luhansk.

Court orders arrest of ex major Melnychenko

A court in Kyiv has ordered the arrest of Mykola Melnychenko, ex-major of the State Security Administration on suspicion of treason, espionage, abuse of power and money laundering.  He is accused of selling state secrets to foreign representatives for monetary reward, which he later legalized by acquiring property and vehicles in the US and Ukraine. The case was opened in 2015, and his bank accounts and assets will now also be seized.  

Seven police officers injured in Kyiv protests

A peaceful protest  about the decision of the authorities to extradite Timur Tumgoev, who is wanted by the Russian Federal Services on terrorism charges, turned violent on 17 September, when demonstrators spray-painted the building and tried to force entry.  During the resulting scuffle, seven police officers were slightly injured.   

One arrested on suspicion of the assassination of Zakharchenko

On 15 September, a suspect was arrested on suspicion of being involved in the assassination of the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko, who was killed in a cafe explosion in August.  Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has accused Ukranian intelligence services of being behind the incident.

Railway link to Baltic States to begin service

On 28 September the direct rail link between Kyiv and Minsk, Riga in Latvia and Vilnius in Lithuania will commence service.  Further links between Mukachevo and Budapest are also being planned.

Head of State Fiscal Service resigns his post

Myroslav Prodan, who had been the acting head of the State Fiscal Service for two years, announced on Facebook yesterday that he was quitting his post.  Mr Prodan said that his action was to avoid any conflict of interest since he had decided to run for the permanent post of Head of the service.  However, his resignation also comes during conflict between him and Ukranian prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko over the recent campagn to stop smuggling and amid accusations of involvement in criminal gangs and embezzlement.  

Twenty people missing following Zakharchenko's assassination

Twenty people have been reported missing following the killing of Alexander Zakharchenko on 31 August in an explosion in a cafe in Donetsk.  Zakharchenko was the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR).  According to reports 50 other people have been detained.  

Separatist leader killed in Donetsk cafe bomb blast

On 31 August, a bomb blast in a cafe in Donetsk killed the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic.  Alexander Zakharchenko was killed when the improvised explosive device detonated as his party entered the premises.  His bodyguard was also killed, and several other people were injured.  He is the latest prominent pro-Russian lead to be killed since 2015.  According to Russian media, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic will be led temporarily by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Trapeznikov.  

Prominent historian found murdered

On 2 September, prominent Ukranian historian Mykola Shityuk was found dead in his apartment in Mykolaiv.  Police said that his body bore signs of violence, including stab wounds.  A murder investigation has been launched.  Mr Shityuk was famous for his work in relation to the Holodommor famine of the 1930s when Soviet authorities forced farmers to join collectives by requisitioning their grain, causing a famine.  Ukraine and several other countries recognize the events as an act of genocide.  

Novotroitsk checkpoint closed due to fire

On 29 August the Joint Forces Operation reported that the checkpoint at Novotroitsk has been closed due to a grass fire burning in the vicinity.  There are concerns that there could be unexploded ordnance in the area which could be at risk of being set off by the heat generated by the fire.

MP attacked in Cherkasy region

On 29 August, reports were received that a member of the Ukranian parliament had been attacked.  The incident is alleged to have taken place in the Cherkasy region and involved Pavlo Karas who is the MP for Cherkasy City Council.  Police investigations are under way.

Five soldiers killed in clashes near Krymske, Luhansk

At least five soldiers have been killed and seven others were wounded during armed clashes in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine. According to the ministry of defence, the clashes erupted in Krymske. The latest report released by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) revealed that clashes in Luhansk intensified between Monday and Tuesday, with more than 60 explosions reported in the region, especially near Obozne, Artema and Muratove. On 29 August, a ceasefire with Russian-backed rebels will come in effect ahead of the start of the new school year.

Government reach ceasefire deal with Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine

A ceasefire agreement between Ukraine and Russian-backed rebels has been reached in Minsk, Belarus. A spokesman for the auto-entitled Donetsk People's Republic said that the truce in eastern Ukraine will begin on 29 August, several days before the start of the school year. Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a ceasefire in the Donbas region last week before meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Berlin. The conflict in eastern Ukraine continues to be highly active, with a number of Ukrainian soldiers being reported dead recently.

Europe sees sharp rise in measles cases in 2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that there has been a sharp rise in the numbers of measles cases in the first half of 2018, with 41,000 people affected, and 37 deaths.  More than half of the cases were reported in Ukraine, with France, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Russia and Serbia had more than 1,000 cases each.  Vaccine scepticism remains high in many parts of Europe, and although measles can be prevented by a vaccine which has been available since the 1960's, health officials say that vaccination rates of 95 percent are necessary to prevent epidemics.  Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads through coughing or sneezing.  Symptoms include a high fever and a rash on the face and neck.  Most people who fall ill do recover, but measles can be dangerous for young children. 

EU to issue further funds for public administration reform

On 14 August, the EU reported that it would issue a further 15.5 million euros to Ukraine to support reforms to the public administration sector.  An initial payment of 10 million euros was made in May 2017, and the Ukranian government has completed 75 percent of its' objectives set for the time period. 

First meeting of tri-lateral assembly to be held in September

On 1 August, it was announced that the first tri-lateral assembly of Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia would be be held in Tbilisi at the end of September.  The decision to form the assembly was taken during an international security conference in March, and in early June the statement of formation was signed in Kiev.  The Speaker of the Moldovan parliament said that Moldovan MPs together with their Ukranian and Georgian colleagues would continue to promote the interests of all three countries and the region as a whole.

Nasirov to run for president in 2019

Roman Nasirov who is the former head of the Ukraine's State Fiscal Service has announced that he will run for president in 2019, despite being currently on trial for corruption.  Prosecutors claim that Mr Nasirov gave orders to amortize tax debts for three private gas-producing companies in 2016 in the interests of a businessman who was accused of embezzlement, thereby costing the state almost $74.9 million.  He has been forced to wear an electronic tag since 2017 after being released on bail of $3.7 million, but says the charges against him are false. In addition, an anti-graft activist has accused Nasirov of having a British passport, which he denies.  Dual citizenship is not permitted in Ukraine.  

Registration for Anti-Corruption court opens

On 24 July the High Qualification Commission announced the opening of  the registration of candidates for the High Anti-Corruption Court as well as 80 Supreme Court job openings and said that applications needed to be made by 1 August.  Controversy was sparked when they then announced that registrations would be accepted after that date, following criticism that they were trying to push the process through as quickly as possible, compromising the quality of the selection process.  Under the law, the anti-corruption court should be created within a year of the law being passed in June.    

Several killed in road accident in Zhytomyr

At least 10 people have been killed and 10 others were injured in a road accident in Zhytomyr, central Ukraine. Local media reported on Friday that the accident happened near the village of Hlybochytsia, along with the highway between Kiev and Chop, where a bus collided with a lorry. 

Kyiv to Riga train to be launched

The Minister of Infrastructure for Ukraine has announced that an international train linking Kyiv and Riga in Latvia, via Minsk and Vilnius will commence operations on 28 September.  Trade between the two states has increased by almost 40 percent in a bid to improve the European integration of the country.  The cost of a ticket between the two cities is expected to be in the region of 59 euros.

OCHA confirms 38 casualties in June amid eastern Ukraine conflict

The latest report of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) revealed that 38 casualties were reported across eastern Ukraine in June - significantly lower than May, when security highly deteriorated. Among them, four were caused by landslides and unexploded ordnance. During the same month, security incidents in the region have accounted for more than 1,000, nearly one-fifth of those reported since the start of 2018. A report from the OSCE revealed that more than 140 explosions were recorded across Luhansk and Donetsk areas in the last 24 hours.

Anti-corruption activist targeted during political rally in Kiev

An anti-corruption activist was targeted on Tuesday during a political rally in Kiev. Vitaliy Shabunin, the head of the Anti-Corruption Action Centre, was attacked with a green substance while protesting outside the prosecutor's office in the capital. Demonstrators demanded the resignation of the special anti-corruption official over his move to shut down an investigation against the son of Interior Minister Arsen Avakov. Rights groups raised concerns over the culture of impunity in Ukraine, which has recently created a new anti-corruption body in order to secure a loan from the IMF.

Lawmakers approve changes to anti-graft court to secure IMF aid

Lawmakers have approved an amendment within the country's recently created anti-corruption court to secure aid from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The court was created in June after months of delay. However, the IMF requested some changes regarding the court's jurisdiction. The vote comes as Ukraine seeks to guarantee a 17.5 billion loan from the IMF to push for reforms.

Donetsk clashes kill four soldiers

Clashes in the Donetsk region have reportedly killed at least four Ukrainian soldiers and wounded two others. According to reports, the fighting broke out between the Ukrainian armed forces and the Russian-backed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) separatist rebel forces in the early hours of Friday morning. The DPR forces allegedly fired high-calibre weapons on Ukrainian military positions in the Luhansk, Novotoshkivske, Novozvanivka, and Svitlodarska areas.

Russia confirms power tests with German-made turbines in Crimea

Russia's energy ministry has confirmed the testing of four German-made electricity turbines in Crimea. The move has generated a serious diplomatic backlash due to current sanctions introduced since the Crimean annexation to Russia back in 2014. Such forbids EU companies of providing energy infrastructures to the region. According to Reuters, the engines fabricated by Siemens were deployed to Crimea without the company's knowledge. The tests were conducted in the city of Sevastopol, while another station is currently being built in Simferopol. 

Roma camp attacked near Lviv

A Roma community camp has been attacked in western Ukraine near the city of Lviv. The attack happened on Saturday night, when a group of masked armed assailants targeted the camp. According to the BBC, a 24-year-old man has died from stab wounds, while four others - including a 10-year-old boy - have also sustained injuries. At least eight suspects aged 16 to 20 have been arrested for suspected involvement in the attack.

Ukraine further expands sanctions against Russian entities

President Petro Poroshenko has signed a bill that further expand current sanctions on Russian businesses and entities. More than 30 Russian-based entities have been added to a list that already includes more than 780 entities and more than 1,700 individuals. In a statement, Poroshenko said: “The Council has imposed sanctions symmetrical to the sanctions imposed by the U.S. government on June 11 against legal entities involved in the activities of Russian special services in cyberspace.” Political tensions with Russia intensified since the Crimean annexation back in 2014.

Soldier wounded in Donetsk clashes

A Ukrainian soldier has reportedly been wounded in rebel firing in the Donetsk region. According to local reports, the Russian-backed Donetsk Poeple's Republic (DPR) rebel forces fired on Ukrainian military positions 29 times within the last 24 hours, targeting areas in Donetsk, Horlivka, and Luhansk. The Ukrainian armed forces allegedly returned fire, killing at least three DPR rebels and wounding three others.

Protesters gather in Kiev over worker's benefits

Some 2,000 protesters have gathered in Kiev to call for improvements in the welfare system for workers. Veterans and miners made up a large proportion of the protesters, which have convened near the Verkhovna Rada building (Ukrainian parliament) to demand that their benefits be preserved. According to reports, the police have responded to the protests. At least eight police officers and two protesters have been wounded, while two other protesters have been arrested. The situation remains ongoing and these figures may change.

Two Ukrainian soldiers wounded in clashes

Two Ukrainian soldiers have reportedly been wounded after clashing with the Russian-backed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) rebel forces near Avdiivka, Donetsk. Military officials allegedly claimed the two soldiers were wounded in unprovoked rebel firing, to which the troops responded to with retaliatory fire. No other casualties have been reported.

Foreign ministers visit to discuss Crimea sanctions

The Latvian foreign minister, Edgar Rinkevics, and the Lithuanian foreign minister, Linas Linkevicius, are scheduled to visit Ukraine within the coming week. The two diplomats will meet with their Ukrainian counterpart in Kiev to discuss possible sanctions against the instigators of a presidential election in the Crimea region, which is currently under Russian occupation.

Kiev pride march to take place

A pride march is due to take place in Kiev this weekend and is expected to cause significant travel disruption. The event, called 'KyivPride March' will start at 10:00 local time on Sunday 17 June at the intersection of Volodymyrska street and Bohdana Khmel'nyts'koho street in central Kiev. The US government has issued a travel warning on Twitter advising those in the area should be aware of the potential for clashes with opposing groups - some of which may conduct counter-protests against the march.

Parliament approves creation of anti-corruption court

Lawmakers have approved a bill to create an anti-corruption court dedicated to trying cases of bribery. The new bill is considered to be instrumental to Ukraine's commitment to secure aid from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and attract further foreign investment into the debt-ridden country. President Petro Poroshenko said that the bill will enhance Ukraine's capacity to fight endemic levels of government corruption. Further arrangements still have to be agreed before an eventual IMF approval.

Drone shot down over Donetsk

A drone has reportedly been shot down over the Donetsk region. The Ukrainian Joint Forces allegedly brought an Orlan-10 surveillance drone down during an operation near Bakhmut. The drone is believed to have been manufactured and produced in Russia and was likely being used by the Russian-backed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) rebel group.

Measles epidemic declared

On 31 May the Health Ministry reported that a further 1,334 people contracted measles in one week, 812 of whom were children.  Since the beginning of the year, over 18,000 people have been infected with measles in the Ukraine, and UNICEF delivered 800,000 courses of measles vaccine to the country's health system in April in a bid to control the epidemic.

Ukrainian security forces stage journalist's death in Kiev

Ukrainian security forces have announced on Wednesday that the murder of the self-exiled Russian journalist, Arkady Babchenko, was staged. Babchenko's murder in Kiev was widely reported worldwide earlier on in the day. Babchenko appeared in a press conference in the Ukrainian capital hours later. Reports suggest that the move came to uncover hitmen who were allegedly Russian-hired hitmen who were plotting to kill him. Russia condemned the operation and called it a provocation from Ukrainian authorities.

Exiled Russian journalist reported dead

Arkady Babchenko, a Russian journalist who fled to Ukraine because of "political harassment", was reportedly shot dead outside his Kiev home yesterday.  He is an open critic of the Kremlin, and Kiev authorities have said that they suspect he was "killed" because of his "professional activities".  Police have opened an investigation to establish the facts, but preliminary reports suggested that Mr Babchenko was shot in the back. He later appeared in a press conference and apologised for the deception, saying he wished to highlight a Russian plot to kill him.  Relations between Russia and Ukraine remain tense following the seizure of territory in eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian forces. 

Football fans clash in Kiev

On 24 May, an attack on football fans at a Kiev restaurant left two people injured.  Authorities reported that the agression was from local fans against Liverpool supporters who had travelled to the city ahead of the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid which will take place tomorrow. 

Investigators say Russian-owned missile downed Malaysia Airlines plane

An international joint investigation team has said that the missile which downed the Malaysia Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine was part of the Russian armed forces. Preliminary investigation revealed that the missile was fired from rebel-held territory, but Russia denied that any of its weapons were used. Nearly 300 passengers died when the Boeing 777, travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, exploded mid-flight.

Frenchman convicted over 2016 Euro attack plot

A Ukranian court has sentenced a Frenchman to six years in prison after finding him guilty of plotting a terror attack during the Euro 2016 football championship in France.  Gregoire Moutaux was detained in May 2016 on the Ukranian border with Poland whilst in possession of illegal weapons, ammunition and explosives.  Authorities said that the 27-year-old far-right extremist was planning 15 strikes against mosques and synagogues in France.  Moutaux offered no explanation for his actions during the trial.  

Ukraine files complaint about Kerch Strait bridge

Ukraine has filed a claim with the International Tribunal against the construction of the Kerch Strait bridge between the Russian Federation and Russian-occupied Crimea, which they claim is illegal.  The complaint is in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and the instruction to file the motion was given by President Petro Poroshenko.  The construction of the bridge was also condemned by the United States, Canada, the European Union and the United Kingdom.  The consideration of the claim is likely to commence before the end of the year, with a decision in 2019.  The bridge was officially opened by Vladimir Putin on 15 May.  

Increase reported in violent clashes in Donetsk

An increase in the number of violent clashes taking place in the Donetsk region has been reported. Fighting has recently escalated within the last few weeks, as the Ukrainian armed forces clash with the Russian-backed separatist Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) rebel forces. Last week, at least two civilians are thought to have been killed in violent fighting between the two sides.

Bridge blown up in Donbas

In the early hours of 21 May, a bridge in the Donbas area was reportedly blown up, disabling and interrupting the delivery of supplies to Russian forces near the occupied village of Ivanivka.  

400 schoolchildren evacuated in gas attack

Four hundred pupils at a school in the city of Mykolaiv were evacuated from their school on Monday, due to the dispersion of an unknown aerosol at the school premises.  32 children were taken to hospital for examination, and authorities are undertaking investigations to establish the nature of the substance.

Two civilans killed by shelling in eastern Ukraine

At least two people have been killed in the war-torn region of eastern Ukraine. Reports revealed that a 13-year-old child died alongside his father after their house was hit by shelling in Troitsky, a government-controlled area in Luhansk. Three other civilians were also reported injured in the rebel-held town of Gorlivka. The latest report released by the monitoring mission of the OSCE, revealed that in the last 48 hours, nearly 1,000 explosions were reported in the region.

Russia blocks ports on Azov sea

On 15 May, Ukraine reported that Russia is blocking Ukranian ports on the Sea of Azov, stopping and inspecting merchant vessels heading for the ports of the Sea of Azov. Fishing vessels from the ports of Ochakiv and Berdianks in Ukraine have also been seized.  

President Putin launches bridge between Russia and Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin has inaugurated a bridge which links mainland Russia to Crimea. In a ceremony held on Tuesday, President Putin drove a construction lorry through the 12-mile bridge between Russia's Krasnodar region to the to the Crimean town of Kerch. The project was launched ahead of schedule and traffic will be opened on Wednesday. However, a railway bridge is still to be completed by the end of 2019, while a highway between Kerch and the Crimean de-facto capital, Simferopol, is scheduled to be completed in 2020. Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

Security services detain head of Russian state news agency in Kiev

Ukraine's state security service (SBU) raided facilities and detained the director of the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti in Kiev. In a statement released on Tuesday, the SBU said: “Law enforcers established that they were used by the aggressor country in the context of a hybrid information war against Ukraine.” Russia condemned Kirill Vyshinsky's detention and said that the country will "act aggressively and protect the interests of Russian media to the fullest extent."

Amnesty leads to the surrender of thousands of weapons

Police have reported that a one month amnesty on weapons has led to thousands of arms and significant amounts of ammunition being handed in.  

Extreme fire hazard alert issued across Ukraine

Ukraine's State Emergency Service has announced that an extreme level of fire hazard has been identified nationwide. According to reports from the Ukrainian Hydro-meteorological Centre, the alert excludes the western regions of Lviv and Chernivtsi. The alert remains in place until Saturday.

52 hospitalised in apparent school poisoning

Ukraine authorities are investigating an outbreak of sickness in Cherkasy that is believed to be due to poisoning, and that resulted in 50 students and two teachers being hospitalised.  The incident on Tuesday caused some pupils to lose consciousness, whilst others were in a "satisfactory condition".  Prime Minister Volodymyr Groisman has flown to the city, 190 kilometres south of Kiev, to direct the medical investigation.  

Large gatherings expected during Ukraine's Victory Day

Large gatherings are expected across Kiev and major Ukrainian cities as part of planned events to commemorate the Victory Day. Security measures are set to be heightened across major venues on Wednesday, while street closures and traffic restriction will be implemented throughout the day.

Civilian casualties reported in eastern Ukraine

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) through its monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine (SMM) revealed that at least 350 blasts were reported across Donetsk and Luhansk in recent days. Latest reports revealed on Monday that in Donetsk incidents happened in the rebel-held areas of Kruta Balka, Yasynuvata, Novohryhorivka, Oktiabr mine and Horlivka. Incidents also occurred in government-controlled areas in Kamianka, Avdiivka and Bohdanivka. In Luhansk, explosions occurred in Kadiivka, Zolote, Petrivske and near the Stanytsia Luhanska bridge. SMM also reported civilian casualties in Dokuchaievsk and Petrovskyi.

Eleven wounded in Donetsk attacks

At least 11 Ukrainian military personnel have allegedly been wounded following a round of 76 rebel attacks in the Donetsk region. Military officials claimed that as many as 76 armed attacks targeted Ukrainian military positions within the last 24 hours. According to reports, the attacks were conducted by the Russian-backed Donetsk People's Republic rebel group. 

Ransomware hit ministry of energy and coal website

The website of the Ukrainian ministry of energy and coal has been targeted in a ransomware attack. The cyber police spokeswoman, Yulia Kvitko, told Reuters that: "This case is not large-scale. If necessary, we are ready to react and help. Our specialists are working right now". Kvitko said that state-run energy companies were not affected by the attack. Ukraine's energy infrastructures and their ministries are often targeted in cyberattacks.

Hundreds of explosions reported in eastern Ukraine

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) through its monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine has said that more than 260 explosions were reported in Donetsk and Luhansk. In the OSCE's report released on Thursday, it revealed that incidents took place in rebel-held areas of Horlivka, Yasynuvata, Olenivka and Bunhe. Other incidents were also reported in government-controlled areas of Avdiivka, Berezove, Kamianka and Svitlodarsk. In Luhansk, incidents were reported in Stanytsia Luhanska and Vrubivskyi, where a 16-year-old was injured in an ordnance explosion.

Water supply halted after employees targeted in eastern Ukraine

Five people have been injured after buses carrying employees from a local water supply company were targeted in eastern Ukraine. The incident happened on Tuesday as employees were heading towards the Donetsk Filter Station. Water supplies along the restive line of contact were suspended after staff from the company Voda Donbasa were ordered to evacuate the area. Water supply in the region will remain limited throughout the foreseeable future due to the deteriorated security situation in eastern Ukraine.

Two airlines to lose licences over sanction breaches

The Khors and Dart airlines, both registered in Ukraine, are in danger of losing their operating licences according to Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan.  The issue centres around a Reuters investigation which revealed that military contractors travelled to Syria aboard Airbus A320 planes leased from the companies, in breach of US sanctions. Investigations are continuing before a final decision is reached.

Two soldiers wounded in ceasefire violation

Two Ukrainian soldiers have allegedly been wounded in a recent ceasefire violation in Donbas. The Ukrainian officials claim the soldiers were on duty in the Donetsk when separatist Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) forces opened fire on Ukrainian military positions - violating a ceasefire. The incident reportedly occurred within the last 24 hours.

US spending bill bans arms sales to Azov Battalion

The recently passed US spending bill has banned the sale of arms to an ultra-nationalise militia in the Ukraine. The Azov Battalion has been described as a white supremacy group led by neo-Nazis. According to reports, previous spending bill drafts had proposed similar bans before but none had made it into legislation. 

Russia accuses Ukraine of piracy

The Russian government has accused Ukraine of piracy after the Ukrainian border forces seized a Russian-flagged fishing boat in the Sea of Azov. Although the vessel was Crimean-registered and the Ukrainian authorities claim that the Russian boat illegally crossed into Ukraine's maritime borders. The boat was boarded and its 10-member crew were taken into custody in Berdyans'k by the Ukrainian border force, in what the Russian authorities have described as state-sponsored piracy. According to reports, Russia has threatened to respond by deploying the Russian Navy; however, the Ukrainian authorities have suggested the accusations may be front to legitimise establishing a Russian Navy presence in the Sea of Azov.

One wounded in Kiev shooting

At least one person has been wounded in a shooting incident in Kiev. The shooting occurred on Verkhnya Street, where police officers discovered an discarded firearm and two bullet cases. Witness reports claim two vehicles were seen speeding away from the area shortly after gunshots were heard. A police investigation has been launched.

Thirteen Russian diplomats expelled

At least 13 Russian diplomats are set to be expelled from Ukraine in solidarity with the UK over the Russian spy poisoning case which implicated the Russian government. According to the BBC, several other European and Western countries have made similar expulsions, including France, Germany, Poland, and the US.

Nadiya Savchenko arrested over coup plot

Ukraine authorities have arrested Nadiya Savchenko who is an opposition MP, for allegedly planning an attack on parliament using grenades and automatic weapons.  Legislators voted to remove her political immunity so that she could be charged.  Savchenko, who is an outspoken critic of the Ukraine government, claimed she knowingly went along with undercover agents, planning to reveal the plot to the public, and that this latest move was a plot to discredit her.  She was an ex-combat pilot who served two years in a Russian jail for her role in the deaths of two Russian journalists in the conflict zone.  She was pardoned in 2016 as part of a swap for two Russian servicemen jailed in Ukraine.

Suspected bomber detained in Kiev

A suspected bomber has been detained in Kiev after being apprehended by law enforcement officers at Zhytomyrska metro station. The suspect has been described as a 28-year-old man who was arrested whilst heading from the station toward the city centre. According to reports, he was carrying around 100 grams of TNT, C4 explosive, fuses, and detonators.

Russian consulate in Kiev attacked

On 18 March dozens of nationalists from the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists threw eggs at the Russian Consulate General in Kiev.  Their organization is banned in Russia, and they carried their organization's flags and anti-Russian placards.  Meanwhile Ukrainian law enforcers blocked entrances to polling stations organised by the Russian embassy in Kiev - according to official figures some 72,000 Russian citizens are registered in Ukraine and are eligible to vote. As a result of these actions, only russian diplomats and staff working in the diplomatic missions had the opportunity to vote in the Presidential elections, which were won convincingly by Vladimir Putin by an overwhelming majority.  

One killed and seven injured in fire at Mykolaiv military base

One soldier has died and seven more were injured when a tent caught fire at the Shyrokiy Lan military training camp in the Mykolaiv region.  Preliminary reports suggest that the blaze was the result of using a furnace at night, which represented a violation of safety rules.  Official investigations are under way to confirm the circumstances of the incident.

Russian deputy comes under attack

On 5 March, Alexey Zhuravlev, the State Duma Deputy was in a convoy of vehicles near Donetsk when they came under mortar attack from the Ukrainian side. The unaffiliated deputy said that he was visiting the area to see if the absolute truce which came into force on 4 March was in effect, when shells damaged two cars which were transporting journalists and employees of a local television station.  Mr Zhuravlev was not injured in the incident.  

Molotov cocktail attack in Uzghorod

The office of the Hungarian Culture Association was attacked with a Molotov cocktail on 26 February.  The emergency services attended the scene and extinguished the blaze but around 25 square metres of the building was destroyed.  No injuries were reported.  Police suspect that the deliberate damage was caused by a far-right organization from a EU member state, but investigations are continuing.

Former Georgian president deported to Poland

Georgia's former president, Mikheil Saakashvili, has been arrested and deported to Poland. Saakashvili was detained at a restaurant in Kiev and sent to Warsaw, months after he entered the country without a passport. "This person was on Ukrainian territory illegally and, therefore, in compliance with all legal procedures, he was returned to the country from where he arrived," said a spokesman for the Ukrainian border service. Saakashvili is an outspoken critic of Ukraine's president, Petro Poroshenko.

Former Georgian president freed from police van

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has been freed by supporters from a police van in Kiev. Saakashvili, 49, had been arrested at his home as part of an operation "to disrupt a plan of revenge of pro-Kremlin forces in Ukraine", according to Ukraine's Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko. The former leader has become a vocal critic of Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko and following his release, he called on his supporters to gather in the capital to impeach his former ally.

One killed in Cherkasy grenade attack

A person has been killed and two others have been wounded in a grenade attack in Cherkasy Oblast. According to local reports, the blast occurred on Sunday, in an apartment building in Cherkasy city. The emergency services were dispatched to respond to the scene and the casualties have been hospitalised whilst investigations are launched. The motive behind the incident remains unclear and the police have not clarified whether or not a suspect has been identified.

Three soldiers wounded in ATO zone

At least three Ukrainian soldiers have been wounded in incidents in the Anti-Terrorist Operations (ATO) zone over the weekend. On Saturday, military officials confirmed that at least two soldiers were wounded by shelling from the separatist Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) rebels. The Russian-backed DPR forces reportedly fired on the Ukrainian Armed Forces 33 times overnight, with the majority of firing hitting the Mariupol area. Another soldier was wounded in a separate series of clashes with the DPR on Sunday. Although no precise location was confirmed, fighting allegedly took place in the Kaherinovka, Lugansk, Majororsk, Mayku, Novolugansk, and Popasnaya areas.

Anti-Putin activist targeted in Kiev ambush

A Chechen accused of plotting to kill Russian President Vladimir Putin has been attacked near the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. Adam Osmayev was driving with his wife, Amina Okuyeva, in the village of Hlevaha when they were ambushed by unknown gunmen. Okuyeva was killed in the attack, while her husband was seriously wounded. Ukrainian officials suspect that the Russian state was involved in the attack. In 2012 Osmayev was arrested and charged with plotting to attack President Putin's motorcade.

Transport hubs hit by cyber attack

Odessa airport and Kiev's metro station have been hit in a cyber attack, according to the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT). "We report that the IT system of Odesa international airport has been hit by a hacker attack. All services of the airport are working in a stricter mode," the airport said in a statement. The Kiev metro said card payments were unable to be processed following an attack on its systems. Key infrastructure sites in Kiev have been targeted multiple times this year, with Russian-based hackers accused of carrying out the majority of them.

Car hits pedestrians in Kharkiv, five killed

At least five people have been killed after a car ploughed into pedestrians in the city of Kharkiv. According to reports, the incident was a traffic violation rather than terrorism-related. The female driver of the SUV that hit pedestrians was arrested at the scene and a criminal investigation has been launched.

Protesters clash with police in Kiev

Groups of protesters have reportedly clashed with the police forces after riots broke out in the capital city, Kiev. The anti-corruption protests called for the establishment of an anti-corruption court, the retraction of immunity from prosecution for politicians, and changes to the electoral system. According to the BBC, the demonstration became violent when groups of protesters set up tents, blocking the main roads outside parliament. The riot police were deployed to disperse the protesters blocking the roads, leading to clashes in which at least one police officer and three protesters were injured. The demonstration was organised by non-governmental organisations and opposition parties - who have promised to raise the issue in parliament later this week.

Two soldiers wounded in rebel attacks, Donetsk

At least two Ukrainian Army soldiers have been wounded in rebel attacks in the Donetsk region. The Russian-backed separatist Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) rebel forces reportedly launched 16 attacks on Ukrainian military positions within the last 24 hours. The armed forces allegedly returned fire in 11 of these attacks; however, two soldiers were wounded in two separate attacks. One soldier was wounded in attacks targeting the Avdiivka and Kamianka areas of Donetsk, while another was wounded in the Talakivk area of Mariupol. The casualties come just a few days after another soldier was wounded in shelling from the DPR forces in Avdiivka.

Dozens of explosions reported in Stanytsia Luhanska

More than 120 explosions have been reported in Donetsk along with 100 others in Luhansk amid the escalating eastern Ukraine conflict. According to a report released on Thursday by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), most incidents happened in Donetsk's Svitlodarsk, where heavy-machine-gun fire was reported along with nearly 40 blasts. Incidents also took place in Adviivka, Maiorsk and Lebedynske, near Mariupol. Further explosions took place in the rebel-held area of Yasynuvata, while Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) members identified damage to residential buildings in Dokuchaievsk, which is currently held by the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic (DPR). In Luhansk, most incidents happened in Stanytsia Luhanska, while a 47-year-old tractor driver was killed when a projectile exploded near his vehicle in the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) area of Metalist.

Hundreds of fresh explosions reported in Avdiivka, Donetsk

Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) observers within the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) have recorded a staggering 330 explosions in Donetsk between Monday and Tuesday, almost three times higher than the previous 24-hour period. In the latest report released on Wednesday, SMM monitors registered more than 60 explosions in the conflict front-line city of Avdiivka, where dozens of bursts of gunfire and heavy-machine-gun shots were also reported. Incidents also took place in Maiorsk, Lebedysnke and Myronivskyi, while in the rebel-held area of Yasynuvata, more than 100 blasts were recorded along with further gunshots. In Luhansk, eight explosions were mainly reported in Stepanivka, Stanytsia Luhanska and Zolote. Incidents also took place in the Kalynove, which is currently held by the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR).

Explosions and shots fired in Avdiivka, Donetsk

According to the latest report released on Tuesday by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), around 120 blasts were recorded in Donetsk along with 39 others in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine. In Donetsk, most incidents took place in Avdiivka, while a number of blasts also took place in Svitlodarsk. Meanwhile, several explosions were registered in Sakhanka and Yasynuvata that are currently held by rebel within the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR). Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) observers reported that a 48-year-old civilian succumbed to his wounds over shrapnel wounds to his lung and heart. The man was killed when fires broke out in the DPR-controlled Zaitseve. Several blasts were also recorded in Shyrokyne, Pyshchevyk and Lebedynske, all located near Mariupol. In Luhansk, most incidents happened in Zolote, Novozvanivka, Popasna and Stanytsia Luhanska. SMM monitors revealed that landmine signs were seen near areas held by the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) in Vesela Hora and Pikuzy, while observers were denied further access to Zolote, Stanytsia Luhanska and Petrivske due to the presence of landmines.

Hundreds of blasts recorded over the weekend in eastern Ukraine

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has recorded over the weekend more than 200 explosions in eastern Ukraine's Luhansk and Donetsk regions. Most incidents took place in areas controlled by rebel forces of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), including the Donetsk city centre and near the central rail station, Horlivka, Yasynuvata, Khreschchatytske, Zaichenko, Sakhanka and Dokuchaievsk. Nearly 40 blasts struck areas surrounding Adviivka, where heavy gunfire was also noticed by the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM). Incidents also took place in Shyrokyne, Svitlodarks, Hnutave, Lebedynske, Talakivka and Pyshchevyk. In Luhansk, a lower number of incidents were reported in Popasna and in Sentianivka, an area controlled by rebels of the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR). Incidents were also registered in Stanytsia, where SMM monitors were denied access to some areas due to the presence of landmines - also present in Zolote and Shchastia.

Dozens of blasts reported in Svitlodarsk, Donetsk

The latest report released on Friday by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) revealed that more than 150 explosions were reported between Thursday and Friday in eastern Ukraine. According to monitors of the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM), most incidents happened in Donetsk's Svitlodarsk, where 70 explosions and a number of gunshots were recorded. Several incidents also took place in Avdiivka, while dozens of explosions were reported in the rebel-controlled areas of Yasynuvata and Horlivka. Multiple shooting incidents also took place in Dokuchaievsk, which is also controlled by the self-entitled Donetsk People's Republic (DPR). In Luhansk, two explosions took place in Stanytsia, while SMM monitors claimed their access to some areas around the village were denied due to the potential presence of landmines.

Parliament approves bill to seek Donbas reintegration to Ukraine

Lawmakers have approved new legislation that aims to restore the country's control over the Donbas region amid the long-standing eastern Ukraine conflict. The bill was put forward by President Petro Poroshenko who accused Russia of being the aggressor towards the temporarily occupied territories. Further, Poroshenko intends to revamp the so-called Anti-Terror Operations (ATO) along with the reinforcement of both Minsk agreements. Ceasefire violations and dozens of explosions occur daily in Donetsk and Luhansk, where some areas are currently held by self-declared rebel governments, allegedly backed by the Russia.

Renewed explosions reported near Avdiivka and Shyrokyne, Donetsk

The latest report released on Thursday by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) revealed that 43 explosions took place in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Most incidents were reported in Avdiivka and Avitlodarsk, while a number of explosions took place in Shyrokyne and Chermalyk, near Mariupol. Renewed explosions were also reported near the central rail station in Yasynuvata, currently controlled by the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic (DPR). Meanwhile, Luhansk suffered three explosions. Compared with the previous report, both numbers of explosions and ceasefire violations suffered a slight decrease in the last 24-hour period.

OSCE reports increasing number of explosions in Donetsk and Luhansk

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has reported 52 explosions in eastern Ukraine's Luhansk and Donetsk regions between Monday and Tuesday. In the latest OSCE report released on Wednesday, the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) identified 46 blasts and a number of ceasefire violations in Donetsk's Petrovisky district and Avdiivka. Further incidents included Yasynuvata, Oleksandrivka and around the Donetsk central rail station, all areas controlled by Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) rebels. In Mariupol, several incidents took place in Shyrokyne, Pavlopil and Lebedynske. Meanwhile, in Luhansk, the SMM reported six explosions around Popasna and Loskutivka along with damages to a government checkpoint in Maiorsk. The SMM also identified a number of mine hazard signs near Zhovte, which is currently held by militants of the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR).

Several explosions reported in Marinka and Avdiivka, Donetsk

The latest report released on Tuesday by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) revealed that over 20 explosions were reported in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Compared with previously available data, the number of incidents was significantly lower compared with the weekend but slightly higher compared with the previous 24-hour period. Among the areas affected were Avdiivka and Marinka, while a number of ceasefire violations were also reported on the outskirts of Donetsk. The Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) also revealed that no incidents were recently reported in Luhansk, which is being closely monitored despite SMM's limited access to some disengagement areas currently held by the self-entitled Luhansk People's Republic (LPR).

OSCE mission records fewer explosions in eastern Ukraine

Nearly 70 explosions have been recorded in eastern Ukraine according to the latest report from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) released on Monday. Similar to previous reports, most explosions were recorded in Donetsk including Avdiivka, Shyrokyne, and Avitlodarsk. Damage to residential buildings was reported in Dokuchaievsk, while incidents also took place in the rebel-controlled area of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) in Yasynuvata and Petrovskyi district. In Luhansk, despite a fewer number of explosions, the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) recorded incidents in Krikvka and Zolote. Investigations were also launched over the death of two Ukrainian border guards in a mine blast near a rail station in Illienko.

Explosions reported in Donetsk and Luhansk

Latest reports released by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) revealed that a number of ceasefire violations and about 100 explosions were reported in eastern Ukraine late last week. Most incidents were recorded around Donetsk, including Adiivka, Svitlodarsk and Marinka, along with areas held by the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) in Yasynuvata and Lozove. A 45-year-old man succumbed to his wounds after being hit by a bullet at his home in Zaitseve, while widespread damage was reported to buildings in the residential area of Yasynuavata. Incidents were also reported in Shyrokyne, outskirts of Mariupol, and Luhansk's Sentianivka and Kriakvka - Luhansk had previously experienced more than 140 explosions in less than 24 hours.

Several ceasefire violations recorded around Donetsk

A report released on Thursday by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) revealed that at least 18 explosions were reported mostly around Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Among the areas affected are Svitlodarsk and Maiorsk along with areas controlled by the self-entitled Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) in Yasynuvata and Vuhlehirsk. Structural damage has been reported in Dokuchaievsk, while an 80-year-old woman was injured in a security incident in Vasylivka. A number of explosions took place on the outskirts of Mariupol in Shyrokine and Pavlopil, while the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) also reported unusual landmine hazard signs along the TO519. In Luhansk, despite no reports of explosions, ceasefire violations were recorded with shots fired in areas held by the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) in Almazna and Shchastia. Compared with a previous report, the number of ceasefire violations during the period was significantly lower.

Dozens of ceasefire violations reported near Donetsk and Mariupol

More than 50 explosions were recorded across eastern Ukraine's Anti-Terrorist Operations (ATO) zone between Tuesday and Wednesday. According to an Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) report, most suspected ceasefire violations were reported on the outskirts of Donetsk, including the areas of Svitlodarsk, Avdiivka, Bohdanivka, Pyshchevyk and the city's central area, which is controlled by the self-entitled Donetsk People's Republic (DPR). Blasts were also recorded in the surroundings of Mariupol in Shyrokyne and the DPR-held area of Pikuzy. Despite the high number of incidents, it was significantly lower than previous reports which recorded over 170 explosions during a similar 24-hour period.

Thousands evacuated after ammunition depot explodes in Vynnytsya

More than 24,000 people were evacuated after a military ammunition depot exploded in central Ukraine. Emergency services revealed that the massive blast happened at a Ukrainian military base near Kalynivka, in the Vynnytsya region. Hundreds of National Guard troops headed to the scene to assist in the evacuations, while a 50-kilometre no-fly zone was declared. The military prosecutor's office said that it is treating the incident as a sabotage, while Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said that external factors were behind the incident.

DPR minister targeted in car bomb attack in Donetsk

A minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) has been severely injured after a car bomb went off in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian and Russian media reported that DPR's Revenues and Duties Minister Alexander Timofeyev and eight others were injured when two devices exploded in downtown Donetsk on Saturday morning. State news agencies reported that the motive for the attack remains unclear.

Protests in Odessa after children killed in fire

Protests have taken place in Odessa after children were killed in a fire at a children's holiday camp. The fire broke out overnight in a wooden dormitory at Victoria holiday camp - where underprivileged children are offered holidays. While firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze, three girls aged between eight and 12-years-old are thought to have died in the fire; however, only two of the bodies definitely belong to children. The BBC has reported that angry parents took to the streets of Odessa, protesting outside the town hall to confront the mayor regarding the response of the emergency services to the fire. It's believed the local police used tear gas to disperse some of the protesters. A criminal case has been opened to identify the cause of the fire while forensic tests remain ongoing on the remains of a third body - believed to be the third missing girl.

One killed in Kiev car bombing

One man has been killed and two other people have been injured after a car bomb exploded on the streets of Kiev. The incident was reported on Friday when a Georgian-plated vehicle exploded during the rush hour near the Arena City entertainment complex. Preliminary police reports suggest that the attack was premeditated, but the motive behind it remains unclear. Within the last year, two security officers and a journalist have been killed in three other separate car bomb attacks in Kiev.

Former governor illegally enters Ukraine

A former regional governor in Ukraine and ex-president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, has illegally entered Ukraine. On Sunday, it was reported that an angry crowd had surrounded Saakashvili, forcing their way over the Ukrainian border to aid Saakashvili in his plans to contest the withdrawal of his Ukrainian citizenship. The BBC has reported that Saakashvili had been on a train accompanied by former Ukrainian PM Yulia Tymoshenko when he was denied entrance to Ukraine at a railway station in Przemsyl, Poland. Saakashvili was born in Georgia but renounced his Georgian citizenship when he became a Ukrainian citizen. As Saakashvili is wanted in Georgia on criminal charges, the removal of his Ukrainian citizenship has effectively left him stateless - going against the UN Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. Saakashvili's appeal is likely to ignite political protests in Kiev and travellers should be cautious of the heightened risk of demonstration.

Russian President Putin supports sending troops to protect OSCE monitors

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that he supports plans to deploy international troops to Ukraine to protect ceasefire monitors of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Putin said during a BRICS summit in China that he believes the move to be appropriate. Putin ordered his foreign ministry to put forward a resolution within the UN Security Council to formalise the request. However, he said that the troops' presence should be limited to the contact line established between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed rebels. Hundreds of OSCE monitors are stationed in eastern Ukraine since the conflict escalated in 2014.

Russian reporter kidnapped in Kiev

The main Russian-state TV channel, 'Pervyi Kanal' (Channel One), has claimed that one of their reporters, Anna Kurbatova, has been kidnapped in the capital city of Ukraine. According to Reuters, the reporter was allegedly abducted near her home in a central area of Kiev, where she was bundled into a car and driven to an unknown location. Channel One claims Kurbatova had been threatened before for 'anti-Ukrainian propaganda' and has accused the Ukrainian state security service of being behind the kidnapping. The claim comes just days after the Ukrainian security service was criticised for impeding free speech after two Spanish reporters were barred from the country for their coverage of the conflict with the Russian-backed pro-separatist Donetsk Peoples' Republic (DPR) rebel forces.

Ceasefire violated overnight in Donetsk

The ceasefire in Donetsk has allegedly been violated multiple times overnight. According to reports, the Russian-backed pro-separatist Donetsk Peoples' Republic (DPR) rebel forces violated a total of 19 times with heavy weaponry within the last 24 hours. Grenade launchers and high-calibre machine guns were among the weapons used by the DPR forces overnight. The Ukrainian Armed Forces allegedly responded with retaliatory fire on the rebel forces.

Soldier killed in ceasefire violation

A Ukrainian soldier has been killed in a ceasefire violation in the Donetsk area. According to reports, the soldier was struck by suspected rebel firing in Talakivka city. Military authorities believe that - despite a ceasefire agreement -  the Russian-backed pro-separatist Donetsk Peoples' Republic (DPR) rebel forces were behind the attack.

Israeli man shot dead in car hijacking, Kiev

A 29-year-old Israeli man, Sachroch Torsonov, has been shot dead in a car hijacking in Kiev. The incident occurred near the Brodsky Synagogue, where a criminal approached the victim and shot him before stealing his car. The police have stated the incident is being treated as a criminally-motivated attack rather than an anti-Semitic incident. A suspect was arrested just hours later after he was found driving the victim's car.

Explosive device wounds two in central Kiev

At least two people have been injured when an explosive device went off in central Kiev. Security sources said that the blast happened on Thursday afternoon during Ukraine's Independence Day anniversary. The act is being treated as an act of hooliganism, while local media reported that the device was thrown from a passing car near the government headquarters. The attack happened while US Defense Secretary Gen James Mattis is in Ukraine to discuss, among other matters, threats posed by Russia.

Four soldiers wounded in Donetsk firing

At least four Ukrainian servicemen have allegedly been wounded in the latest round of firing from the Donetsk Peoples' Republic (DPR) rebel forces in the Donetsk region. According to reports, the Russian-backed separatist DPR forces fired missile launchers on the Pavlopol area near Mariupol - injuring at least three Ukrainian soldiers within the last 24 hours. Another servicemen was also wounded within the same time period after he allegedly stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). It's believed the IED was planted by DPR rebels.

Dozens of shell attacks reported in Donbas

One soldier was killed and six others were injured in renewed attacks against Ukrainian military positions in eastern Ukraine. According to the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters, army positions across Donbas were hit nearly 20 times on Sunday. Attacks happened in Donetsk, Mariupol and Luhansk. On Friday, Russia media reported that the Ukrainian Army had launched more than 200 mines and shells at rebels of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR).

Three soldiers killed in Donetsk conflict

At least three Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and nine others have been wounded in the latest round of fighting in the conflict-torn Donetsk region. The Russian-backed separatist Donetsk Peoples' Republic (DPR) forces have allegedly fired on Ukrainian military positions in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone 28 times within the last 24 hours. The DPR rebels reportedly used grenade launchers and other high-calibre firing weapons - violating the Minsk Agreement. 

Crimea wildfire extinguished

A large wildfire which has been burning in the annexed Crimea region recently has been extinguished. The fire allegedly broke out over the weekend near Hromivka village of the Sudak municipality, where four firefighting units were dispatched to tackle the growing blaze. By Monday, the fire was reportedly contained and by Tuesday morning local authorities confirmed the wildfire had been extinguished. According to reports, the fire consumed as much as 50 hectares of land; however, firefighters managed to prevent the blaze from spreading to populated areas - thereby minimising the risk to human life. As a result, no casualties have been reported and materialistic damages are believed to be minimal.

Three soldiers wounded in ATO zone

Three soldiers from the Ukrainian Armed Forces have been wounded in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone. The soldiers were wounded in the latest round of fighting in the Donetsk area between the Donetsk Peoples' Republic (DPR) and the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The Russian-backed DPR forces allegedly targeted military positions, firing on the Vodiane and Novotroyitske areas multiple times with high-calibre weapons.

Soldier killed in ceasefire violations

A Ukrainian soldier has been killed and two others have been wounded in the most recent ceasefire violation in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone. According to reports, the separatist Donetsk Peoples' Republic (DPR) rebel forces - which are supported by the Russian military - broke ceasefire agreements within the last 24 hours by opening fire on Ukrainian forces near Luhansk. The DPR forces fired on Popasna in Luhansk seven times, shelling the ATO zone a total of 12 times overnight. 

Ukrainian soldier killed in Donetsk shelling

A Ukrainian soldier has been killed and at least six others have been wounded by shelling in Donetsk over the weekend. The shelling was fired by the Russian-backed separatist Donetsk Peoples' Republic (DPR) rebel forces - targeting the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone with a variety of high-calibre weapons. According to reports, the latest round of firing heavily targeted the Krasnohorivka area near Donetsk.

Soldiers killed in rebel shelling near Vodiane, Donetsk

A Ukrainian soldier has been killed during rebel shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. The incident happened on Thursday morning when Ukrainian military positions near Vodiane were attacked. Despite ceasefire agreements, shellings and attacks targeting Ukrainian positions in eastern Ukraine occur daily.

Explosion prompts evacuations in Kyiv

An explosion has led to the evacuation of dozens of people in the Holosiivs'kyi district. The blast occurred in an apartment block on Burmistrenko street and is thought to have originated from the first floor. Significant damage has been inflicted to the building; however, no casualties have been reported. The precise cause of the explosion remains unclear as police investigations are carried out at the scene.

One killed in Dnipro shooting

A person has been killed and as many as five others have been wounded in a shooting incident in Dnipro city centre. According to reports, the shootout occurred when two or three armed suspects travelling in a vehicle approached another group of men on Gagarin Avenue late on Monday evening. It remains unclear what prompted the suspects to open fire; however, police investigators believe a dispute may have taken place between the two groups. An AK47 was discovered further down the street and is thought to have been used in the shooting and later discarded by the suspects as they fled the scene.

Ukrainian soldier wounded in rebel firing, ATO zone

A Ukrainian soldier has been killed in clashes with the Donetsk Peoples' Republic (DPR) in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone. According to Ukrainian reports, the Russian-backed DPR forces allegedly fired on Ukrainian military positions at least 14 times within the space of the last 24 hours. The Krymske, Novo-Oleksandrivka, Kamyanka, and Maryinka areas all came under rebel attack, prompting the Ukrainian Armed Forces to return fire on the DPR forces.

Soldier killed in eastern Ukraine shelling

A Ukrainian soldier has been killed as nearly a dozen strikes were reported across eastern Ukraine overnight on Friday. According to the ATO Headquarters, in less than 24 hours, 11 strikes were reported against troops stationed in Hruntove and Shyrokine area near Mariupol, while militants also attacked security forces in Verhniotoretske and Butovka. The incidents happened just one day after a woman and three children were injured when a shell detonated near a house in Maryinka.

Rebels deny entry to OSCE monitors in Donetsk

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine claim that a rebel group in the self-entitled Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) denied entry to OSCE observers to Yasynuavata, eastern Ukraine. According to the OSCE, two of its members were heading to the area to assist in the repair of damaged water supply facilities. In a statement on Twitter, the OSCE said that it condemns such actions and accused the Russian-backed rebels of violating the Minsk agreements.

Four Ukrainian soldiers killed in Luhansk

At least four Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and three others injured in clashes with Russian-backed rebels in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine. The military revealed that clashes broke our overnight on Wednesday in Novotoshkivske, while heavy fighting erupted in Stanytsya Luhanska. Shelling was also reported in Donetsk's Vodyane and Hnutove villages near Mariupol, along with residential areas in Maryinka and Krasnohorivka. 

Russia rejects rebel state in eastern Ukraine

The Russian government has rejected the establishment of Malorossiya, a rebel state announced on Tuesday by pro-Russia rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko. Government spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the plan is part of a personal ambition of the leader of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic, adding that Russia will continue to abide by the fragile Minsk agreement.

Rebel forces plan to create new state in east

Russian-backed rebels announced plans to hold a referendum to establish a new state in eastern Ukraine called Malorossiya, or Little Russia, on Tuesday. Rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko said that the decision is being fully backed by the self-declared People's Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. However, Ukraine's government stated its full rejection of the project and declared it to be 'buried'. Daily clashes occur in the restive eastern Ukraine region amid an ongoing conflict that already claimed thousands of lives.

President announces plan to start NATO membership talks

President Petro Poroshenko has announced plans to start talks on a potential Ukrainian NATO membership. The announcement came in a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, where Poroshenko said that: "Today we clearly stated that we would begin a discussion about a membership action plan and our proposals for such a discussion were accepted with pleasure." Ukraine's membership to both the EU and NATO have been long seen by Russia as a Western-led aggression towards its borders. Several areas of concern will need to be addressed, namely the Eastern Ukraine conflict along with necessary political and economic reforms.

Ukrainian soldier killed in rebel firing, Donetsk

A Ukrainian soldier has been killed and another has been wounded by rebel firing near Donetsk. The Russian-backed Donetsk Peoples' Republic (DPR) rebel forces allegedly fired on Ukrainian positions a total of 25 times overnight - violating the Minsk Agreement by using high-calibre firing weapons. The rebel attacks allegedly mostly targeted the Mariupol area. No rebel casualties have been reported and the DPR has not commented on the alleged firing.

Border with Moldova to be reinforced amid security concerns

The Ukrainian government announced on Thursday that it will reinforce security along the border with Moldova's breakaway region of Transnistria. Ukraine's Interior Ministry reported that the country's south-western border already holds a strong military presence, which will now be assisted by police units. The region has been the place of rising tensions as Transnistria is believed to be a key strategic military ally to Russia.

Firebomb thrown at Lviv synagogue

A synagogue in Lviv has allegedly been targeted by a group of unknown miscreants after a firebomb was thrown at the building over the weekend. Another building in Lviv - a former Jewish community centre - has also been targeted with hate messages. While no casualties were incurred in the attack on the synagogue, the police have warned of the risk of further attacks against the Jewish community in Lviv whilst investigations are ongoing.

One killed and six wounded in Donbas shellings

A Ukrainian soldier has been killed and six others injured when Russian forces reportedly attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine. According to the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) headquarters, the military target located in Donetsk sector was shelled multiple times along with positions is Luhansk and Mariupol. Intense attacks also triggered the evacuation of OSCE offices in Luhansk's Popasnoy area.

Russian soldier killed in eastern Ukraine clashes

A Russian soldier has allegedly been killed whilst fighting with the Russian-backed separatist Donetsk Peoples' Republic (DPR) rebel forces in eastern Ukraine. Overall, two people were killed and four others were captured from the DPR forces during recent clashes with the Ukrainian military in the Luhansk area. One of those killed has been identified as Russian Captain Alexander Shcherbak, who had been serving as a group commander. One of the captives has also been identified as a 22-year-old Russian citizen who has allegedly served with the Russian Armed Forces in the past; however, it cannot be confirmed whether or not he was serving for the Russian army whilst fighting with the DPR in Luhansk.

Counter-terror officers targeted in Donetsk bomb attack

A counter-terror officer has been killed and four others have been injured in a powerful blast in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine. The incident happened on Tuesday when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the Kostiantynivka area. All five victims worked for the Counter-Espionage Department of the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU). It remains unclear who was behind the attack; however, Russian-backed separatist Donetsk Peoples' Republic (DPR) rebel forces have been fighting the Ukrainian military in the Donetsk area in recent months. The incident happened on the same day that a military intelligence officer was killed in a car bomb attack in Kiev's Solomenskiy district.

'Vaccine' found for global cyberattack

A 'vaccine' of sorts has been found for the global cyberattack which saw ransomware infect the IT systems of companies and firms across the world. According to the BBC, the 'vaccine' is based on the creation of a single read-only file titled 'perfc' placed in a computer's 'C:\Windows' folder, which will stop the attack on an individual computer. The computer will still act as a carrier of the ransomware though and no kill-switch has been found by cybersecurity experts which could terminate the entire attack. The ransomware initially surfaced in Ukraine, which was hit particularly hard by the attack as banks, airports, transport systems, companies, and government computers experienced computer outages and widespread network failures. According to Reuters, the nuclear monitoring system in Chernobyl was the latest firm to be targeted by the ransomware in Ukraine. The ransomware allegedly spread from there, affecting companies in Denmark, France, India, Spain, Norway, Russia, the UK, and the US. According to reports, US-based and Indian-based companies were among the most recent firms to report issues. It has been widely speculated that the attack was politically motivated rather than financially motivated, as ransoms paid currently amount to little more than $8,000 in BitCoin and the email address associated with the payment method has allegedly been shut down by the creators of the attack. The attack appears to have targeted Ukraine, as the country prepares to celebrate Constitution Day.

Military intelligence officer killed in Kiev car bomb attack

A senior Ukrainian military intelligence official has been killed by a car bomb attack in Kiev. The blast occurred on Tuesday morning in the Solomenskiy district of the capital city. An explosive device completely destroyed the vehicle, killing Colonel Maksim Shapoval and wounding two passers-by. The motive behind the attack remains unknown, while the Interior Ministry have labelled the attack as "a planned act of terrorism". Since the Ukrainian conflict escalated in 2014, a number of attacks targeting high-profile public figures have taken place outside eastern Ukraine's conflict zone.

Seven policemen wounded in Mariupol blast

At least seven police officers have been wounded in an explosion in Mariupol. The blast is thought to have been caused by a hand grenade - the origin of which remains unknown. Police investigations have been launched - it's possible the grenade was planted by a rebel of the separatist Donetsk Peoples' Republic (DPR).

Soldier killed in ATO explosion

A Ukrainian soldier has been killed in an explosion in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone within the last 24 hours. The soldier was killed after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in an area near Luhansk in the ATO zone. It's believed the IED was planted by rebel fighters of the Donetsk Peoples' Republic (DPR). Two other Ukrainian soldiers were also wounded under heavy artillery firing in the ATO zone as the DPR forces allegedly fired on Ukrainian military positions 29 times overnight.

Two soldiers wounded in Donetsk shelling

Two soldiers have been wounded under rebel firing from the Donetsk Peoples' Republic (DPR) in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone near Donetsk. According to reports, the Russian-backed separatist DPR forces fired on the ATO approximately 35 times. The rebel forces allegedly used high-calibre weapons - the use of which have been banned in combat by the Minsk agreement. 

Gunmen attacks OSCE officials near Donetsk

A gunman has attacked several vehicles belonging to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) at a train station north-east of Donetsk. The vehicles were transporting officials of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine when the armed assailant opened fire on the vehicles outside Yasynuvata train station. The drivers managed to escape the attacker, returning to their base in Donetsk with no casualties.

Four wounded in ATO zone shelling

Four Ukrainian soldiers have been wounded in rebel shelling in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone. The Russian-backed Donetsk Peoples' Republic (DPR) forces allegedly fired on Ukrainian positions 47 times overnight, with the majority of attacks targeting the Prymors'ke area. Banned high-calibre artillery weapons were also used in Luhansk.

One killed, 14 wounded in ATO zone

One Ukrainian soldier has been killed and at least 14 others have been wounded in a series of violent clashes between the Ukrainian armed forces and the Russian-backed separatist Donetsk Peoples' Republic (DPR) rebel forces over the weekend. At leas one soldier was killed and three were wounded after DPR forces opened fire on the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone 67 times on Saturday night. A further five soldiers were wounded in heavy artillery firing in the Hranitna, Chermalyk, and Shyrokyne areas near Donetsk in the ATO zone on Sunday, while another six soldiers were wounded after DPR forces fired high-calibre weapons - banned by the Minsk agreement - 47 times, mainly hitting the ATO zone in the Mariupol sector.

Four soldiers killed in ATO zone shelling

Four Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and seven others injured during clashes in the Anti-terrorist Operations (ATO) zone, eastern Ukraine. Reports revealed that assailants opened fire at military positions in Chermalyk after shelling security forces' strongholds near Krasnohorivka. Clashes between rebels and security forces in eastern Ukraine are continuing on several fronts; especially in Mariupol, Donetsk and Luhansk.

One killed, six wounded in rebel firing, Donetsk

At least one soldier has been killed and six others have been wounded in rebel firing in the Donetsk area of the Anti-Terrorist Operations (ATO) zone. According to reports, over the last 24 hours, the Donetsk Peoples' Republic (DPR) rebel forces have fired high-calibre weapons at the ATO zone at least 18 times. The Russian-backed DPR forces have not claimed any casualties.

Man throws small explosive device at US Embassy in Kiev

Local authorities revealed on Thursday that the US Embassy in Kiev has been attacked with a small explosive device. The police said in a statement that an unknown individual fired an explosive device towards the Embassy, located in the Schevchenkovsky district, late at night on Wednesday. No injuries or casualties have been so far reported.

One soldier killed in ATO zone clashes

A Ukrainian soldier has been killed and seven others have been wounded in clashes in the Anti-Terrorist Operations (ATO) zone in eastern Ukraine. The Russian-backed Donetsk Peoples' Republic (DPR) separatist rebel forces allegedly launched a series of attacks in the Luhansk area of the ATO zone, using high-calibre weapons. The Ukrainian armed forces allegedly returned fire, although the DPR have not claimed any casualties.

Two soldiers killed in ATO firing

Two soldiers have been killed and five others have been wounded as rebel firing has struck several areas in the Anti-Terrorist Operations (ATO) zone over the weekend. On Saturday, heavy rebel firing hit the Mariupol area, where the majority of the casualties occurred. Shelling was also reported in the Bohdanivka, Hnutove, Novotroitske, Pavlopil, Talakivka, and Vodiane areas.

Two civilians wounded in mortar shelling, Donetsk

Two civilians have been wounded in mortar shelling the Donetsk region over the weekend. On Friday evening, the Russian-backed, separatist Donetsk Peoples' Republic opened fire on the Marinka area of Donetsk, reportedly wounding two local residents. According to reports, police and military authorities have confirmed the injuries were inflicted by rebel firing.

Five soldiers wounded in rebel firing

At least five Ukrainian soldiers have been wounded in rebel firing over the last 24 hours. The Anti-Terrorist Operations (ATO) zone has allegedly been fired upon 57 times by the Russian-backed separatist rebel forces of the Donetsk Peoples' Republic (DPR). Consistent violent fighting with high-calibre weapons has continued in the ATO zone despite moves towards a ceasefire and a peace agreement earlier in the year.

Two wounded in ATO zone firing

Two soldiers have been wounded in heavy shelling in the Anti-Terrorist Operations (ATO) zone. Within the last 24 hours, the Russian-backed separatist rebel forces have allegedly fired on Ukrainian military positions in the ATO zone as many as 50 times with high-calibre weapons.

Government officials detained in anti-corruption probe

At least 23 government officials have been detained in an anti-corruption probe. All 23 detainees were government officials of the former Ministry of Income and Fees. The anti-corruption operation has been led by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the National Guard as hundreds of police officers and investigators have conducted over 450 raids across 15 regions in the ongoing operation.

Four soldiers wounded in ATO zone

At least four Ukrainian soldiers have been wounded in the Anti-Terrorist Operations (ATO) zone over the weekend. According to reports, the soldiers were wounded in rebel firing in various areas of the ATO zone around the Donetsk sector on Saturday. Approximately 55 rebel attacks were recorded in the area within 24 hours.

Seven soldiers wounded in ATO firing

Seven soldiers have been wounded in heavy firing in the Anti-Terrorist Operations (ATO) zone in eastern Ukraine. Firing was exchanged in the ATO zone in the Donetsk, Mariupol, and Luhansk sectors over the weekend. A variety of high-calibre artillery weapons were used by the Russian-backed separatist rebel forces.

Military conduct firing near Donetsk Airport

The Ukrainian armed forces have conducted firing in the Spartak neighbourhood near the Donetsk Airport on the outskirts of Donetsk city. According to reports, the separatist Donetsk Peoples' Republic (DPR) rebel forces - backed by the Russians - claim that the government forces have been firing high-calibre weapons at the area since Thursday evening. Both the Ukrainian military and the DPR have regularly exchanged fire in the region in recent months. No casualties have been reported.

Ukraine accuses Russia of cyber attack

Ukrainian authorities in Kiev have accused Russian officials of organising a cyber attack on the Ukrainian president's website. The alleged cyber attack has been viewed as Russian retaliation for the latest set of sanctions implemented by Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, on Russian internet service providers and social media websites.

Five soldiers wounded in heavy rebel shelling

At least five Ukrainian soldiers have been wounded under heavy rebel firing overnight. Within the last 24 hours, the Russian-backed separatist rebel forces have allegedly fired high-calibre weapons - targeting the Ukrainian forces in the Anti-Terrorist Operations (ATO) zone throughout Mariupol, Donetsk, and Luhansk. 

Two soldiers wounded in Donetsk shelling

At least two Ukrainian soldiers have been wounded under rebel firing in the Donetsk region. The Russian-backed separatist rebel forces allegedly fired high-calibre mortars and grenades at Ukrainian military positions in the Anti-Terrorist Operations (ATO) zone in Donetsk and Luhansk. No further casualties have been reported.

Four civilians killed in rebel attacks, Donetsk

At least four civilians have been killed and six soldiers have been wounded in fighting between the military forces and the Russian-backed separatist rebel forces in the Donetsk region over the weekend. On Saturday, four civilians were killed in a violent rebel attack in the Avdiyivka area. The following day, six Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in a series of rebel attacks as the rebel forces opened fire dozens of times using high-calibre weapons in the Anti-Terrorist Operations (ATO) zone.

Two soldiers killed in Donetsk fighting

At least two Ukrainian military personnel have been killed and six others have been wounded within the last 24 hours in the Donetsk region. In that time, the Russian-backed separatist rebel forces allegedly targeted the Ukrainian military 53 times with a variety of high-calibre weapons, ranging from small firearms to grenade launchers and mortars.

One soldier killed in ATO zone firing

At least one Ukrainian soldier has been killed and two others have been wounded under rebel firing in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone. According to Unian Information Agency, the Russian-backed separatist rebels fired on Ukrainian military positions in the ATO zone 70 times within the last 24 hours. The rebel forces allegedly used high-calibre weapons - including 120mm and 82mm mortars - prompting the Ukrainian armed forces to return fire. No rebel casualties have been reported.

Twelve wounded in Victory Day celebrations, Dnipro

At least 12 people have been wounded amid Victory Day celebrations in Dnipro after a group of activists clashed with riot police. A mass brawl allegedly broke out after the police demanded that the activists lower their flags. At least a dozen people have been wounded - two of whom are believed to be in critical conditions - while several others have been detained.

Soldier killed in explosion, ATO zone

A Ukrainian soldier has been killed in an explosion in the Anti-Terrorist Operations (ATO) zone. The soldier was killed after a trip-wire triggered the detonation of an improvised explosive device (IED) near the Krymske settlement in the Luhansk region. The Russian-backed separatist forces - who are reported to have fired on Ukrainian military positions 27 times overnight - likely planted the IED in an attempt to target the security forces.

Five soldiers wounded in ATO zone

At least five Ukrainian soldiers have been wounded in fighting in the Anti-Terrorist Operations (ATO) zone over the weekend. According to reports, the Russian-backed separatist rebels fired on the Ukrainian military position 63 times overnight on Saturday evening. The rebel forces fired on Mariupol, Donetsk, and Luhansk with a variety of high-calibre weapons.

Ten soldiers wounded in rebel firing, Donetsk

At least 10 Ukrainian soldiers have been wounded in firing from the Russian-backed separatist rebel forces in the Anti-Terrorist Operations (ATO) zone in Donetsk within the last 24 hours. According to reports, the rebel forces fired on Ukrainian military positions in ATO zone a total of 58 times using a variety of high-calibre weapons.

Three soldiers killed in ATO zone

Three Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in fighting with the Russian-backed separatist rebels in the Anti-Terrorist Operations (ATO) zone. According to reports, the three soldiers died whilst aiding a wounded soldier near the Svitlodarsk arc in the Donetsk area. One of the soldiers allegedly detonated a hand grenade - killing himself - to avoid being taken prisoner by the rebel forces. Intense firing remains ongoing in the area.

One soldier killed in Donetsk firing

At least one Ukrainian soldier has been killed and seven others have been wounded within the last 24 hours after the Russian-backed separatist rebels conducted firing in the volatile Donetsk region. The rebels allegedly fired on military positions a total of 63 times with high-calibre weapons. The fighting has been ongoing in the region for several months; however, has increased in recent weeks after a brief period of respite.

Nine soldiers killed in Donetsk fighting

At least nine Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and another 17 have been wounded in clashes with the Russian-backed separatist rebel forces over the weekend. On Friday evening, a soldier was killed in a roadside explosion after a military vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted at the side of the road in the Pavlopil area. Another three soldiers were also killed in fighting in the Anti-Terrorist Operations (ATO) zone on Friday. On Saturday, two soldiers were killed and six more were wounded in fighting in the Krasnohosivka and Pavlopil areas. Another two soldiers were killed and four soldiers were wounded after the rebels fired on military positions in the ATO zone 54 times on Sunday. One soldier was killed and seven others were wounded in the Katerynivka, Krymske, Avdiivka, Masinka, and Vodiane areas in the ATO zone on Monday.

Three soldiers wounded in ATO zone fighting

At least three soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces have been wounded in fighting in the Anti-Terrorist Operations (ATO) zone in the Donetsk region. According to reports, it has been confirmed by the Defence Ministry that the soldiers were wounded within the last 24 hours; however, no further details have been released as of yet. The Russian-backed separatist rebel forces have increased fighting with the Ukrainian military following a quieter period in the first few weeks of April.  

Ukrainian soldier killed in rebel shelling in ATO zone

A Ukrainian soldier has been killed and six others have been wounded as the Russian-backed separatist rebel forces fired on Ukrainian military positions in the Anti-Terrorist Operations (ATO) zone 47 times within the past 24 hours. According to reports, the rebels fired various weapons of high-caliber on the Ukrainian armed forces in the Prymorske, Donetsk, and Luhansk areas.

Three soldiers killed in rebel firing, Donetsk

Three Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and another four have been wounded in rebel firing in the Donetsk region. The Russian-backed separatist rebels have been increasingly firing high-caliber rounds on Ukrainian positions in the Anti-Terrorist Operations (ATO) zone in Donetsk. The conflict levels have risen following relatively low levels of military activity in recent weeks.

Electricity cut off in Luhansk

Electricity supplies have been cut off in the occupied Luhansk region as of Tuesday 25 April. The national energy company, Ukrenergo, made the decision to cut off the electricity supply based on varying consumption and supply levels in various districts of Luhansk. The action to halt the power supply has been carried out in line with procedures approved by the Energy and Coal Industry Ministry.

Rebel forces fire on Ukrainian military, Donetsk

The Russian-backed separatist rebel forces have allegedly fired on the Ukrainian armed forces a total of 34 times within the last 24 hours in the Donetsk region. According to reports, the rebel forces fired high-caliber weapons and explosives on Ukrainian military positions in the Donetsk, Mariupol and Luhansk areas of the Donetsk region. No casualties have been reported.

OSCE monitor killed by roadside bomb in Pryshyb, Luhansk

An international monitor in the Ukraine conflict was killed when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Pryshyb in the eastern Luhansk region. The victim was a US paramedic and part of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The OSCE revealed that a German and a Czech national were also injured. The incident was strongly condemned by the US State Department and the EU.

Two soldiers killed in rebel shelling, Donetsk

Two soldiers of the Ukrainian armed forces have been killed and three others have been wounded in shelling fired by the Russian-backed separatist rebel forces in the Donetsk region. The shelling targeted military units stationed in the Anti-Terrorist Operations (ATO) zone on Saturday. The Ukrainian military officials claim that the rebel forces fired on military positions a total of 46 times in the Donetsk region throughout Saturday.

Two soldiers killed in shelling near Avdiyivka, Donetsk

Two Ukrainian soldiers were killed in shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian military sources revealed that the attack targeted a military stronghold near Avdiyivka, hitting one of the army's mechanised infantry brigades. In February, more than 17,000 residents of Avdiyivka were evacuated after fierce armed clashes affected the village's electric and water system during the severe Ukrainian Winter.

UN rejects Ukraine request to halt Russian funding to rebels

Judges at the UN-backed International Court of Justice (ICJ) have rejected Ukraine's request to impose a ban on alleged Russian support to separatist forces in eastern Ukraine. The ICJ ruled that no sufficient evidence was presented over Russian involvement with rebel forces. Russia claimed that such allegations were unfounded and accused Ukraine of mishandling the guidelines under international treaties.

One soldier wounded in rebel firing, Donetsk

At least one Ukrainian soldier has been wounded under rebel firing in the Donetsk region. The Russian-backed separatist rebels allegedly fired at Ukrainian military positions in the Chermalyk, Markina, Novohryhorivka, Pavlopil, Shyrokyne, Talakivka, and Vodiane areas in the Anti-Terrorist Operations (ATO) zone on Sunday 17 April. 

Ukrainian military officer killed in rebel shelling, Donetsk

A Ukrainian military officer has been killed in rebel shelling in the Donetsk region. Mortars were fired by the Russian-backed separatist forces on Ukrainian military positions near the Butivka mine. Reports state that the rebels fired mortars of 82 and 120mm caliber - thereby continuing to violate the Minsk agreement's ban on high-caliber weapons.

Police investigate explosion in Kiev

The police forces in Kiev have launched an investigation into an explosion which occurred on Vladimir street in the early hours of Tuesday morning. No casualties have been reported; however, the explosion occurred on the first floor of a building, inflicting some material damage to local businesses, restaurants, and banks. The police have confirmed that the explosion is not thought to have been an accident and is being treated as a crime. Investigators have not ruled out the possibility of links to terrorism.

Terror plot foiled in Khmelnytsky

The Ukrainian security services have allegedly foiled a terror plot in the Khmelnytsky region. According to Unian Information Agency, the Ukrainian security services detained a terror suspect - preventing an explosive attack. The Ukrainian authorities allegedly believe the suspect is a Russian-recruited agent acting on orders from the Russian intelligence service.

Three wounded in clashes during protest, Poltava

Three people have been wounded and eight people have been arrested after clashes broke out during a protest in Poltava. Approximately 50 people gathered near the arch on Sobornosti Street to carry out a peaceful demonstration when fighting erupted amongst the crowd. Security personnel (allegedly sourced from a private security company) are believed to have clashed with protesters and it is suspected that a knife was also used in the fighting, as one of the casualties had suffered a stab wound. There are likely to be further disruptions in the area should demonstrations continue.

Five soldiers wounded in Donetsk attacks

At least five Ukrainian soldiers have been wounded in rebel attacks in the Donetsk region within the last 24 hours. According to Unian Information Agency, the Russian-backed separatist rebel forces conducted at least 54 attacks on Ukrainian military positions in the Anti-Terrorist Operations (ATO) zone. The rebels fired on Donetsk, Luhansk and Mariupol using a range of high-caliber weapons. A ceasefire is expected to come into force soon.

Minibus drivers' strike takes place in Kiev

Minibus drivers have taken strike action in Kiev over concerns regarding government intervention in the competitive route distribution system used by trucking companies and public transport companies. Approximately 100 minibuses have gathered in Kiev and the protesters have allegedly planned to burn a bus as part of their demonstration. Travellers should avoid the gathering if possible as there is a chance that the demonstration may become violent. Public transport disruption should also be expected.

Ukrainian soldier killed in rebel shelling, Donetsk

A Ukrainian soldier has been killed by rebel shelling in the Donetsk region. The Russian-backed separatist rebels allegedly targeted Ukrainian military positions near the Butivka mine in Donetsk. According to reports, the rebels fired high-caliber mortars, violating the ceasefire. A 15-year-old boy was also allegedly wounded by rebel shelling in the Marinka area of Donetsk on Sunday.

Officer killed in car explosion in Mariupol, Donestk

An intelligence officer of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) was killed when his vehicle suspiciously exploded in the restive Donetsk region, south-eastern Ukraine. The vehicle exploded in a residential area of Mariupol on Thursday morning, while preliminary police reports suggest that the vehicle was sabotaged by Russian-backed separatist Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) rebels. 

New deadline for Donetsk truce

A new deadline has been announced for a truce in Donetsk. Peace talks are due to start between the Ukrainian government and the Russian-backed separatist rebels on Saturday 01 April. The scheduled ceasefire has been re-arranged due to Orthodox Easter holidays. Peace talks have often fallen short of expectations in the past, failing to calm fighting and military tensions.

Two killed in 83 rebel attacks on ATO zone, Donetsk

At least two Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and three others have been wounded in 83 rebel attacks on the Anti-Terrorist Operations (ATO) zone in Donetsk over the last 24 hours. Unian Information Agency has reported that the Russian-backed separatist rebel forces shelled military positions 83 times, using a wide variety of high-caliber weapons.

Shots fired at Polish Consulate General in Lutsk

The Polish Consulate General in Lutsk, north-western Ukraine, was attacked overnight on Wednesday. Local media reported that an unknown perpetrator targeted the building with a high calibre weapon. No one was injured; however, significant damage was inflicted to the building's roof. Polish buildings and memorials in Ukraine - especially in Lviv - were systematically vandalised in recent months, which were considered acts of provocation to hinder Polish-Ukrainian relations.

Two soldiers killed in explosion, Donetsk

Two Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in an explosion in the Novoluhanske area of the Donetsk region. An unidentified explosive device was detonated as the soldiers were serving duty with a unit stationed on a mechanised bridge near Novoluhanske in the Anti-Terrorist Operations (ATO) zone. It's suspected the rebels were behind the explosion, however this has not been confirmed.

Two soldiers killed in rebel firing overnight, Donetsk

At least two soldiers of the Ukrainian government armed forces have been killed and four others have been wounded in overnight rebel firing in Donetsk. According to reports, the Russian-backed separatist rebel forces opened fire on Ukrainian military positions 58 times within the last 24 hours. Most of the firing was aimed at the Donetsk region, with some firing targeted at the Mariupol and Luhansk regions.

Two civilians killed in rebel shelling, Donetsk

Two civilians have been killed in rebel firing in the Donetsk region. According to reports, the Russian-backed separatist rebels started firing on inhabited areas of Zaytseve on Sunday - killing two civilians who had been in the backyard of their private property when they were hit by rebel mortars. No further information has been confirmed and the rebel forces have issued no comment on the incident.

Five killed in military helicoprt crash, Donetsk

At least five Ukrainian military personnel have been killed in a military helicopter crash in the Kramatorsk area of the eastern Donetsk region. The helicopter allegedly came down after getting caught on a power line. No civilian casualties or damages have been reported.

One soldier killed in ATO zone, Donetsk

One soldier of the Ukrainian armed forces has been killed in shelling in the Anti-Terrorist Operations (ATO) zone in Donetsk. Preliminary reports suggest the Russian-backed separatist rebel forces fired on a Ukrainian military stronghold in Luhansk using grenade launchers and mortars.

Three soldiers wounded in rebel attacks, Donetsk

At least three Ukrainian soldiers have been wounded in rebel attacks within the last 24 hours in Donetsk. According to Unian Information Agency, the Russian-backed separatist rebel forces opened fire on Ukrainian armed forces positions 94 times overnight. Military positions were attacked in Donetsk, Mariupol and Luhanske and coal mines were also attacked in the Avdiyivka and Butivka areas using machine guns, grenade launchers, and mortars. 

Former Russian lawmaker shot dead in Kiev

A former Russian lawmaker of the Communist Party, Denis Voronenkov, has been shot dead in Kiev. Voronenkov was shot at 11:25 local time on Thursday outside the Premier Palace hotel. According to The Moscow Times, two others were also wounded in the incident, as Voronenkov's injured bodyguard returned fire on the shooter, wounding him also. Police investigations are underway, with suspicions that the shooting was a contracted killing. Voronenkov had been a vocal critic of Vladimir Putin's regime and had fled to Ukraine for safety. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has described the incident as an "act of terrorism by Russia", claiming the attack displayed the typical trademarks of a covert operation carried out by Russian actors. 

Soldier killed in rebel shelling, Donetsk

One Ukrainian soldier has been killed in rebel firing in Donetsk. According to reports, the soldier was hit by shelling in the Avdiivka area of the Anti-Terrorist Operations (ATO) zone within the last 24 hours. The rebels fired on Ukrainian positions using grenade launchers, mortars, heavy machine guns, and anti-tank missiles.

Thirteen killed, 35 wounded in fighting in last 24 hours

At least 13 people have been killed and 35 others have been wounded in fighting between the Ukrainian armed forces and the Russian-backed separatist rebel forces in eastern Ukraine. The rebel forces allegedly fired on Ukrainian military positions at least 100 times, killing at least five soldiers and wounded 19 more. The rebels used a range of small arms, artillery, machine guns, grenades, rockets, mortars, missiles, and tanks to hit targets in Donetsk, Luhansk and Mariupol. Eight rebels were also killed and 16 more were wounded in a clash between the security forces and the rebels in the Vodyane area. 

Five Ukrainian soldiers wounded in Donetsk clashes

At least five Ukrainian armed forces soldiers have been wounded in clashes with the Russian-backed separatist rebel forces in the Donetsk region over the weekend. According to reports, the Ukrainian Defence Ministry issued a briefing on Sunday which stated that the rebel forces opened fire on Ukrainian positions in the Anti-Terrorist Operations (ATO) zone 85 times over Saturday night. No civilians were wounded and no rebel casualties have been reported.

US State Department condemns Crimea annexation to Russia

Three years after Russia held a controversial referendum on the Crimea peninsula, US State Department spokesperson Mark Toner condemned on Thursday the Crimea's annexation by Russia. In an official statement, he said that: "We call on Russia to cease its attempts to suppress freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, association and religion. (...) The United States again condemns the Russian occupation of Crimea and calls for its immediate end". Toner also ensured that sanctions will remain in place until Russia hands the territory back to Ukraine.

Two killed, eight wounded in rebel attacks, Donetsk

Two Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and eight others have been wounded in overnight rebel attacks throughout the Donetsk region. Local reports suggest that the Russian-back separatist rebel forces launched 77 attacks on the Ukrainian Armed Forces within the last 24 hours. Mortars, artillery systems, machine guns, and antitank guns were used by the rebels to attack the Donetsk, Mariupol and Luhanske sectors within the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone.

Four soldiers wounded in rebel fighting in Donetsk

At least four Ukrainian soldiers have been wounded in action during rebel firing within the last 24 hours. According to reports, the separatist rebel forces fired upon Ukrainian Armed Forces positions in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone approximately 91 times. The rebels alleged fire mortars and grenades at army positions in the Donetsk, Mariupol and Luhanske sectors and also attacked using artillery fire, machine guns, infantry fighting vehicles, anti-aircraft guns, and anti-tank guns.

President calls for cargo blockage to eastern Ukraine

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko has ordered a blockage on all cargo traffic to the areas of eastern Ukraine occupied by the Russian-backed separatist rebels. In a statement directed at the Security and Defence Council, Poroshenko said that such a measure will be brought in to "prevent the destabilising of the situation in the country", which comes just days after Ukrainian protesters called off a blockade to coal shipments in the region.

Six soldiers wounded in rebel attacks, Donetsk

At least six soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces have been wounded by rebel firing within the last 24 hours. The Russian-backed separatist rebel forces allegedly fired on Ukrainian military positions in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone a total of 106 times overnight. In a statement, the Unian Information Agency stated that the rebels targeted positions in the Donestk, Luhansk and Mariupol sectors using a range of mortars, snipers, machine guns and grenade launchers alongside tanks and infantry fighting vehicles.

One soldier killed in Donetsk fighting

A Ukrainian soldier has been killed and four others have been wounded under rebel firing in the Donestk region. Russian-backed separatist rebels fired on Ukrainian positions in the Luhansk and Donetsk sectors overnight, targeting Ukrainian military positions. According to reports, the rebel forces fired on the Ukrainian Armed Forces a total of 97 times. The conflict has worsened in recent weeks after ceasefire negotiations fell through in late February.

Dozens of activists arrested in eastern Ukraine

Over 40 activists have been arrested by The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) in the restive eastern region. The operation took place in separate locations in Toretsk, Shtshebryiovka and Kudryumovka; where activists have been blocking coal shipments since January. 

Two Ukrainian soldiers killed in Mariupol sector

Two Ukrainian soldiers have been killed by rebel firing in the Mariupol sector within the last 24 hours. The Russian-backed separatist rebels allegedly fired upon Ukrainian military positions a total of 75 times in the Donetsk, Luhanske and Mariupol sectors of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone. The rebel forces reportedly used a range of small arms, machine guns, grenades, tanks, and mortars in the attacks.

Three killed and 16 wounded in Donetsk fighting

Three people have been killed and at least 16 others have been wounded in fighting between the Ukrainian forces and the separatist rebels in the Donetsk region. Two Ukrainian soldiers have been killed, 16 soldiers have been wounded and one rebel fighter has been killed in clashes overnight on Saturday. The Ukrainian government forces have claimed the rebels commenced firing.

Five soldiers wounded in Donetsk fighting

Five Ukrainian soldiers have been wounded in fighting with the separatist rebels in the anti-terrorist operations (ATO) zone in Donetsk. According to Unian Information Agency, the Russian-backed rebels fired on Ukrainian Army positions a total of 80 times with the last 24 hours - wounding five soldiers in the process. The Donetsk, Luhansk and Mariupol sectors were targeted by the rebels using heavy weapons, such as grenade launchers and mortars. 

One rebel killed in Donetsk clashes

One rebel has been killed in a clash between the Ukrainian government troops and the Russian-backed separatist rebels in the Donetsk region. The clashes came about whilst the rebel forces were firing on Ukrainian positions overnight. Ukrainian troops allegedly located a group of rebel snipers and engaged in a gunfight - killing one rebel sniper. Overall, the rebels have fired upon Ukrainian positions in the Donetsk, Mariupol and Luhanske areas  69 times within the last 24 hours.

Ukraine accuses Russia of sponsoring terrorism

Ukrainian government officials have accused the Russian government of sponsoring terrorism through their support of the separatist rebels fighting the Ukrainian military in Crimea. The accusation has been presented as a case to the primary judicial branch of the United Nations - the International Court of Justice (ICJ), situated in The Hague in the Netherlands. ICJ judges will determine whether or not the Russian support of the pro-Russian separatist rebels should be interpreted as discrimination against non-Russians and subsequently, whether or not the Russian government should stop funding the rebels in Crimea.

One soldier killed and five wounded in rebel shelling, Donetsk

Rebel shelling on Ukrainian military positions in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone has killed one Ukrainian soldier and wounded five others within the last 24 hours. The Russian-backed pro-separatist rebels allegedly launched 112 attacks targeting Ukrainian positions in the Mariupol, Donetsk and Luhansk directions.

Donetsk water filtration system shut down amid fighting

The Donetsk water filtration system (DFS) has been shut down amid intense rebel firing and workers have been evacuated. The DFS is located on the neutral territory part of the contact line approximately one kilometre from Yasynuvata town - which is about 12 km from Donetsk. The shelling of the DFS comes just over a week after the rebels stated that they were going to start targeting key Ukrainian businesses. Last week the football stadium in Donetsk was taken over by rebel forces.

Two soldiers killed, 33 wounded in rebel firing, Donetsk

At least one Ukrainian government soldier has been killed and 13 others have been wounded in recent rebel firing in the Donetsk region. On Friday, military authorities confirmed that one soldier had been killed and 22 others had been wounded in rebel shelling in the Avdiivka, Novoluhanske, Pisky, Pohody and Zaitseve areas in the fighting zone of the Donestk region. Another soldier was then wounded on Saturday in rebel firing on a border security checkpoint in the Kramatorsk area of Donetsk. Another soldier was killed and 10 others were wounded in further rebel attacks between Saturday and Sunday. The government forces have claimed that 110 rebel attacks were repelled over the weekend.

Eight killed and scores missing in coal mine explosion in Lviv

At least eight mining workers have been killed in a coal mine explosion in Lviv, western Ukraine. The incident happened on Thursday afternoon when a methane explosion trapped 34 miners underground. Over 20 workers remain missing as emergency services rushed to the mine located in Sokal.

Rebels seize businesses and mines in eastern Ukraine

Russian-backed militants seized dozens of factories and mines in the restive region of eastern Ukraine. According to DW, more than 40 factories and coal mines in Donetsk were taken on Wednesday. A regional leader said that the move was called as a retaliation to the blockade erected by right-wing Ukrainians to railways across rebel-held territories.

Rebel gunmen occupy Donetsk football stadium

Gunmen of the Russian-backed separatist rebel forces have captured the Donbas Arena in Donetsk amid an ongoing coal trade dispute with the Ukrainian government forces. The Telegraph reported that a charitable foundation run by the owner of the stadium, Rinat Akhmetov, issued a statement confirming the occupation of the stadium by rebel gunmen. The capture of the stadium came a short while after the rebel forces warned that if the Ukrainian government did not lift blocks on coal shipments from rebel-held territory then the rebels would start taking control of Ukrainian registered businesses.

Five soldiers wounded in rebel shelling

Five Ukrainian soldiers have been wounded in continued rebel firing in the eastern Donetsk region. The Russian-backed separatist rebels allegedly fired on Ukrainian military positions in the Donetsk, Mariupol, and Luhansk areas 47 times on Friday night - wounding five Ukrainian Army soldiers. Thousands of people also took to the streets in Kiev to protest against the conflict among other things in a right wing anti-government rally. Three nationalist groups rallied to demand change in the country's leadership and a stronger, more hardline approach to the conflict with the rebels in eastern Ukraine.

MP kidnapped by unknown men in Odessa

A Ukrainian MP has been kidnapped by unknown individuals in the southern port area of Odessa. The abduction of Oleksiy Honcharenko, an avid supporter of President Petro Poroshenko, was confirmed by the Prosecutor-General' Office. Media reported that Honcharenko was last seen on Wednesday in the capital Kiev, just moments before leaving to go to Odessa. Honcharenko has since been safely recovered, and his kidnappers have been detained and remain in police custody for questioning.

Russia to return 12 Ukrainian prisoners

The Russian government has agreed the return of 12 Ukrainian prisoners, who had been serving sentences in a Crimean prison and were wrongfully moved to a Russian prison. The transfer of prisoners has been scheduled to take place on Friday 03 March. The Ukrainian authorities have been very clear in stating that the prisoners were not being held as political captives - they had been sentenced to prison by Ukrainian courts and had the right to return to Ukrainian territory after being illegally moved to a Russian prison. 

Ukrainian soldier wounded in Donestk firing

One Ukrainian soldier has allegedly been wounded in rebel firing in the Donestk region. According to the Ukrainian military, the Russian-backed separatist rebels conducted 27 attacks on Ukrainian positions in the Donetsk area. Just days ago, there had been reports of a ceasefire agreement in progress, however the rebel troops have allegedly taken advantage of the decreased military offensive and resumed high-intensity offensive attacks.

Ultra-nationalists clash with police in Kiev over coal blockade

Ukrainian ultra-nationalists have clashed with the police in Kiev during a demonstration to support the blockade of Russian-backed coal from some eastern Ukrainian regions. Hundreds stormed the capital in support of the measure taken since mid-January. President Petro Poroshenko said that several risks are implied in the blockage, including energy shortages. The protest came as an internationally brokered ceasefire was agreed at the Munich Security Conference.

New ceasefire agreement to come into effect

A new ceasefire agreement between the Ukrainian troops and the Russian-backed separatist rebels has been agreed over the weekend and is scheduled to come into effect soon. There has been a violent escalation in fighting between the two sides recently - who have been warring with each other for the past 30 months. The two sides are expected to withdraw heavy weaponry from front line areas this week. However, such agreements have been reached in the past only to fall short of expectations when put into practice. A BBC report further suggested that no real progress has been made towards solving the political disagreement between the two sides: a sign that the latest ceasefire proposal - like others before it - may not last.

Civilian killed in rebel firing, Avdiivka

A civilian has been killed by rebel firing in the town of Avdiivka, in the Donetsk sector. The Russian-backed separatist Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) rebels performed an artillery attack on a residential block during the daytime. The shelling comes just a few hours after intense rebel shelling was conducted in three sectors overnight. The DPR troops have since moved on from the area and rtescue teams are now operating at the site of the shelling, where one 43-year-old male civilian was killed by shrapnel.

Three soldiers killed in rebel attacks

Three Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and ten others have been wounded in rebel attacks carried out within the last 24 hours in the Donetsk, Mariupol, and Luhansk sectors. The Russian-backed separatist rebels allegedly launched a series of 66 attacks on Ukrainian military positions. Rebel shelling targeted the Avdiyivka, Kamyanka, Pisky, Vekhniotoreske, and Zaitseve areas in the Donestk sector. Further shelling targeted Krymske, Lobacheve, Novozvanika, Novo Oleksandrivka, and Stanytsia Luhanska in the Luhansk sector - and further attacks were carried out on Bohdanivka, Hnutove, Lybidynske, Maryinka, Novoselivka, Novotroyitske, Pavlopil, and Shyrokyne. A range of mortors, grenades, anti-tank rockets, small arms, armoured personnel carriers and infantry combat vehicles were used in the rebel assaults.

One killed, three wounded in Donetsk shelling

One Ukrainian soldier has been killed and three others have been wounded in recent shelling in the Donestk area. Russian-backed separatist rebels have allegedly performed overnight shelling of the Adviivka, Hnutove, Krymske, Lobacheve, Novooleksandrivka, Novoselivka Druha, Novotroitske, Novozvanivka, Opytne, Pavlopil, Pisky, Shyrokyne, Vodyane, and Zaitseve areas in the Donetsk, Luhansk and Mariupol directions - hitting Ukrainian military positions 49 times. 

Rebel commander killed in fighting, Donetsk

A highly ranked rebel commander, Mikhail Tolstykh, has been killed in fighting between the Ukrainian troops and the Russian-backed separatist rebels in the Donestk area. The rebel forces confirmed the death this morning - claiming Tolstykh was killed in what they have called a 'terrorist attack by Ukraine'. Tolstykh was among the team of separatist rebels who tortured Ukrainian troops defending Donetsk Airport - who later were forced to become prisoners of war. Thousands of people have been evacuated from residential areas near and around Donetsk amid the recent escalation in fighting.

Two soldiers killed, four wounded amid heavy shelling, Donetsk

Two Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and four others have been wounded amid heavy shelling in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. Intense fighting has broken out between the Ukrainian troops and the Russian-backed separatist rebels amid ceasefire violations along the front line in the Avdiivka area. Thousands of civilians have been prepared to evacuate the area.

Thousands prepare to evacuate Donbas amid fighting

Approximately 12,000 people are preparing to evacuate the Donbas region amid an overnight escalation in fighting. The Ukrainian troops had obtained a ceasefire agreement with the Russian-back separatist rebels in earl January, however this ceasefire was violating over the weekend and fighting between the two sides quickly escalated overnight - leading to casualties on both sides and hundreds of people being trapped in a coal mine amid a power cut caused by shelling. The emergency services are on standby in the Avdiivka area of Donbas - where local residents are caught in heavy fighting, with no electricity or water.

Seven killed and hundreds of coal miners trapped amid Donetsk shelling

Seven people have been killed, at least 27 others have been wounded and hundreds of coal miners remain trapped amid shelling along the front line in Donetsk. Ceasefires which had been agreed in early January have been violated in recent days - leading to an escalated exchange of fire overnight between separatist rebels and Ukrainian troops along the Donetsk front line. Three Ukrainian troops and four rebels have been killed, while at least 20 Ukrainian troops and seven rebels have been wounded in the overnight fighting. The fighting has allegedly cut off power to the Zasyadko coal mine in Donetsk - trapping at least 200 workers inside.

Five killed, nine wounded in ceasefire violation, Donetsk

At least five people have been killed and nine others have been wounded in ceasefire violations between the Ukrainian troops and the separatist rebel forces in the Donetsk region. Military authorities released a statement on Sunday 29 January confirming the deaths of five soldiers under rebel shelling - which also wounded nine other soldiers. The fighting allegedly broke out along the front-line near the separatist stronghold in Donetsk, north of Mariupol. Rebel sources have allegedly claimed that military firing killed one civilians and wounded three others, however this has not been confirmed. The eastern regions of Ukraine have been dominated by the conflict between the Ukrainian troops and the separatist rebels since 2014.

Two killed, three wounded in Russian rebel attacks, Donbas

Two Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and three others have been wounded in the Ant-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone amid recent shelling from the Russian rebels. The Russian occupants allegedly ignored all ceasefire agreements and attacked the ATO zone a total of 63 times. The rebels reportedly used mortars of a variety of calibers as well as heavy artillery. Travellers should avoid all travel to the Donbas area.

Two soldiers wounded in military clashes, Donbass

Two Ukrainian soldiers have been wounded in recent military clashes in the Donbass region. The injuries occurred on Sunday 22 January in the Anti Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone in Donbass. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman, Oleksandr Motuzianyk, confirmed the injuries in a briefing in Kiev on Tuesday - also stating that no military deaths had occurred in the ATO zone. Travellers have been advised to avoid the conflicted Donbass region whilst military tensions remain high.

Right wing groups protest in Kiev

Right wing groups have protested in the centre of Kiev today in commemoration of the Maidan Movement. The Nationalist OUN Battalion and Right Sector groups clashed with police during the demonstration, which occurred on Thursday. The nationalist protesters allegedly marched from Independence Square to Hrushevskoho street with flags and flares. Some protesters allegedly set fire to tires - prompting the clashes with police forces. Those in the area should be aware of the high tensions following the protest and the possibility of further violent demonstrations.

Five soldiers killed and six wounded in Svitlodarsk

On 18 December, five Ukrainian soldiers were killed and a further six wounded as they repelled an attack by pro-Russian separatists in the Svitlodarsk arc area. The fighting lasted for two hours around the village of Kalinovka, near Debaltseve.

Five soldiers killed amid clashes in eastern Ukraine

At least five Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 16 others have been injured amid fierce clashes with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The casualties were reported over a 24-hour period when Ukrainian troops repelled an attack launched by the militias. The announcement was made by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence, which revealed the death of at least 20 insurgents near Svitlodarsk - located between the border betwen Donetsk and Lugansk. The ongoing eastern Ukrainian conflict regards the control of the international border against Russian aggression, which is allegedly supporting separatists groups operating on Ukrainian soil.

Protest outside Russian Embassy in Kiev against Russian action in Syria

On 15 December, protesters gathered outside the Russian Embassy in Kiev to demonstrate against alleged war crimes against the civilian population of Aleppo, Syria. Anti-Assad and anti-Putin chants and placards were present at the protest. It is not known exactly how many protesters were present but no arrests or violence was reported. 

One civilian killed and one wounded in shelling at Mayorsk checkpoint, Donetsk

At 09:00 local time, on 14 December, one civilian was killed and one other was wounded when an armed militant group opened fire on the Mayorsk checkpoint in the Donetsk region from 50 metres away. The deceased civilian was reportedly hit in the head and the wounded civilian sustained wounds to the shoulder. Traffic in the area was immediately suspended and border guards evacuated people waiting to cross the checkpoint. 

Ukrainian Defence Ministry website shut down by cyber attack

On 13 December, the website of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry was shut down after being hit by a cyber attack. It appeared that the attack was aimed at disrupting the updates on the separatist conflict ongoing in eastern regions of the country. The website if regularly hit by denial-of-service attacks, but these do not always manage to affect the operation of the site. Last week, the Finance Ministry and State Treasury websites were attacked, and the Finance Ministry blamed the attack on hackers seeking to discredit the government's reform drive. It is not yet known who is responsible for the attack on the Defence Ministry website, but the situation has reportedly been rectified

Ultra-nationalist Azov Civil Corps march through Kharkov

On 11 December, approximately 2000 members of the ultra-nationalist Azov Civil Corps marched through the city of Kharkov, holding nationalist banners and Azov Battalion flags. Local authorities deployed 550 police officers to guard the march and no incidents were reported. 

Three soldiers killed and two wounded in Donbas

On 10 December, Oleksandr Motuzianyk, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Defence Ministry, stated that three Ukrainian military personnel had been killed and one other wounded near the town of Krasnohorivka, Maryinka district, Donetsk region. One other serviceman was wounded near the village of Verkhniotoretske,in the Yasynuvata district. All of the casualties came during the previous 24 hours and came as a result of hostile mortar shelling. 

Five soldiers wounded in army operations, Donbass

Five Ukrainian soldiers have been wounded in recent army operations in Donbass. The Ukrainian Defence Ministry spokesman, Andriy Lysenko, confirmed the injuries occurred during a shelling incident on the frontline. The Ukrainian security forces have been engaged in fighting against the Donetsk Peoples' Republic (DPR) and Luhansk Peoples' Republic (LPR)  since 2014 - when pro-Russian DPR and LPR insurgents protested against the government and quickly gained popularity and strength in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions ('Donbass'). Travellers have been advised to avoid visiting the region as it is hevaily dominated by the fighting.

Ten injured in fight between football fans in Kyiv

On 6 December, ten people were injured after a fight broke out between fans from Dynamo Kyiv and Besiktas. Two of those injured were stabbed. All ten of those involved were described as "foreigners." Large crowds fought in the streets with sticks and fireworks, with some Besiktas fans clashing with police inside the stadium. 

Five police officers killed in shoot-out, Knyazhychi

Six police officers have been killed in a friendly-fire shoot-out between Ukrainian security forces and officers from Kiev's Criminal Investigation Department (CID). The unfortunate incident occurred when a burglar alarm sounded in the house neighbouring a stake out where two CID officers were undercover. Security forces arriving to investigate the alarm mistook the CID officers for the burglars, and vice versa, prompting the shoot out. The real burglars have since been identified and detained. Security forces and police procedures have been brought into question by the unfortunate incident.

Five police officers killed by friendly fire

Five police officers have been killed near Kiev in a friendly fire incident.  The officers were carrying out an operation to arrest robbers when they engaged in a shootout with another group of police, both believing the other to be criminals.  "Last night a devastating tragedy took place that killed five police officers," said Anton Gerashchenko, a lawmaker and adviser to the interior ministry.  The incident happened near the town of Knyazhychi, around 30km east of Kiev.

One soldier killed, three wounded in Donbass

One Ukrainian soldier has been killed and three others have been wounded in the military operation zone in Donbass, eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian Defence Ministry confirmed the death occurred during clashes with hostile forces. Travellers have been reminded to avoid areas afflicted by military conflict in Ukraine.

Ukrainian military launches missile tests near Crimea

On 1-2 December, the Ukrainian military will hold tests for the S-300 medium range surface-to-air missile in the Kherson region, 30km from Crimea's airspace. In response to the tests, Russia put its air defence forces on high alert and maneuvered warships in the Black Sea. However, they received coordinates for test showing that there will be no threat to the airspace over Russian territorial waters. 

BRSM-Nafta staff to protest seizure of company

On 30 November, 1200 employees of BRSM-Nafta will rally in protest against the operations of the company being blocked by the State Fiscal Service. They will also demand the resignation of Roman Nasirov, the head of the State Fiscal Service. The protest will take place near the Cabinet of Ministers in Kyiv. 

Five Ukrainian military personnel wounded in the past 24-hours

On 29 November, Oleksandr Motuzianyk, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Defence Ministry, stated that five Ukrainian servicemen were wounded in combat operations in the Donbass area of eastern Ukraine in the previous 24-hours. No soldiers were killed. 

Saakashvili supports rally in Kyiv for early elections

On 27 November, up to 2000 protesters attended a rally on the crossing of Hrushevsky Street and Muzeiny Alley in  Kyiv in support of early parliamentary elections and ex-Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's newly-created political movement, the Movement of New Forces. After resigning as governor of Odesa Oblast on 7 November after accusing President Poroshenko of blocking his efforts to reduce corruption in the region, Saakashvili announced plans to launch a political party in an effort to come to power and replace Ukraine's political establishment. 

Ukraine citizens to get visa-free travel to EU

On 24 November, European Council President Donald Tusk announced that Ukrainian citizens will be able to travel to most EU countries without a visa. He stated that Ukraine had met relevant standards and that EU officials will work out how the scheme can be implemented in coming weeks. The scheme will allow Ukrainian nationals with a biometric passport to enter the Schengen area, including some non-EU countries like Iceland and Switzerland, for up to 90 days without a visa. They will not be allowed to enter the UK or Ireland without a visa. 

One killed, three wounded in Donbas

One serviceman has been killed and three others have been wounded in fighting in Donbas. Andriy Lysenko Ukraine’s Defence Ministry spokesperson has confirmed the casualties had occurred within the last 24 hours.

Russia claims Ukraine has abducted two Russian soldiers in Crimea

The Russian Defence Ministry has accused Ukraine of abducting two of its servicemen from the Crimean peninsular on 20 November. Ukraine claims the two soldiers, named as Ensign Maxim Evgenyevich Odintsov and Junior Sergeant Alexander Vyacheslavovich Baranov, are deserters who defected to Russia from the Ukrainian military following the annexation of the region. The men have reportedly been taken from Crimea to the Mykolaiv region, with the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) claiming that the two men were arrested after crossing into Ukrainian-controlled territory. 

Two Tartars arrested in Crimea

On 17 November, two Crimean Tartars were arrested in Crimea after searches for banned literature, drugs and weapons. Both men were arrested in the Bakhchisarai district, with another search being carried out simultaneously in Simferopol district. It is not known if the two searches are related. 

One soldier killed and one wounded in Donbas

On 17 November, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian Defence Ministry stated that one Ukrainian soldier had been killed and one other had been wounded in combat operations in Donbas in the previous 24 hours. Eight strikes were recorded in the Donetsk region, three of which involved the use of heavy weapons. A further 24 strikes were recorded near Mariupol, seven of which involved the use of heavy weapons. 

Ukrainian national arrested with weapons in Crimea

On 15 November, a Ukrainian national, suspected to be a member of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry's defence intelligence unit, was arrested by Russian law enforcement in Simferopol, Crimea. A grenade, firearm and components to make an improvised explosive device (IED) were seized. 

Multiple incidents reported in Donbas region in previous 24 hours

On 16 November, the Ukrainian army press centre reported that there had been 37 incidents in the Donbas region in the past 24 hours, with the majority of attacks taking place in the Mariupol area. In Donetsk, mortars were used near Luhanske and Avdiyivka. Mortars are not allowed under the Minsk agreement. On the evening of 15 November, mortars, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns were used near Novozvanivka, Novooleksandrivka and Katerynivka, in the Luhansk region. 

Chief of police resigns

On 14 November, Ukraine's Chief of police, Khatia Dekanoidze, resigned form the position over political interference and her inability to bring change. She says that political meddling has affected her ability to bring meaningful change. On the same day, Yulia Marushevska, a prominent customs officer appointed in 2015 to end corruption and bribe-taking at the Odessa port customs, resigned. Mrs Marushevska accused the government and her boss of blocking her reforms. These resignations are the latest in a string of reformers who have either quit or been dismissed in recent months. 

Kreshchatyk street to be closed due to increased terror threat

On 14 November, the Chief of National Police, Andriy Kryshchenko, said that Kreshchatyk street in Kyiv will be closed during protests on 15 and 17 November, due to an increased terror threat. On 15 November, protesters demanding to be paid back their deposits, lost when some banks became insolvent, will demonstrate, and the protests may last several days. On 17 November, trade unions will be protesting and demanding better salaries and lower utility rates. 

One soldier killed and two wounded in eastern Ukraine

On 11 November, the head of Luhansk region's state administration confirmed that one Ukrainian soldier had been killed and two others wounded in the region in the previous 24 hours. The ceasefire had been violated eight times during that time period. Anti-tank rockets, sniper and small-arms fire had been reported in Schastia city and Krymske village. Mortars were used near Novozvanivka village in Popasna district. Grenade launchers, snipers and small-arms were used four times against Ukrainian military positions near Stanytsia Luhanska.

One Ukrainian soldier killed

On 10 November, the Ukrainian Defence Ministry announced that one Ukrainian soldier had been killed and four others wounded during military operations in the Donbas region in the previous 24 hours. Two other military personnel were reported to have been injured in the region. 

Russian FSB detains group of Ukrainian saboteurs in Sevastopol

On 9 November, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) reported that they had detained three Ukrainian military personnel who were planning to attack military sites and infrastructure in Crimea. They reportedly seized explosive devices, weapons and maps. The Ukrainian government has dismissed the Russian reports as a fabrication. 

Four officers injured in attacks in Luhansk

On 8 November, the a Ministry of Defence spokesman stated that militants had violated the uneasy ceasefire in the Luhansk region nine times. Two of the instances involved the use of heavy weapons. No one was reported to have been killed in the attacks, but four Ukrainian officers were wounded. Ten militant attacks were also reported in the Donetsk region, of which four involved the use of heavy weapons. 

Head of Odessa Regional State resigns

On 7 November, Mikhail Saakashvili, the head of Odessa Regional State Administration, announced his resignation. The announcement comes after he declared that he had been unable to stop corruption in Odessa. Mr Saakashvili has accused President Poroshenko of supporting corruption in the country. 

Two soldiers killed and three wounded in eastern Ukraine

On 3 November, a Ukrainian military spokesman stated that one Ukrainian serviceman had been killed and two others wounded in eastern Ukraine over the previous 24 hours. Another serviceman was killed during an attack on Avdiyivka, and one other was wounded in the village of Semyhirya. Seven shelling incidents were reported in the Popasna, Stanytsia, Orikhove and Triokhizbenka districts in the Luhansk sector. More than 60 mortar rounds were reported to have been fired on Ukrainian army positions in the Avdiyivka industrial zone. Separatists also fired mortars and sniper rifles at Ukrainian positions in the Mariupol area. 

Large demonstration in Maidan, Kyiv, on 4 November

Large demonstrations and public gatherings are expected to take place on the Maidan in Kyiv on 4 November, including roads surrounding the square. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised travellers to avoid all demonstrations and public gatherings. 

Two soldiers killed and five wounded in Donbas in previous 24 hours.

On 2 November, the spokesman for the Defence Ministry, Andriy Lysenko, stated that two Ukrainian soldiers had been killed and another five had been wounded in combat operations in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, over the previous 24 hours. 

Fighting intensifies in Donetsk

On 27 October, six people were killed in an intensification of violence between Ukrainian forces and separatist militants in the Donetsk region. One Ukrainian serviceman was confirmed to have been killed, along with at least two separatist fighters. The separatists also reported the deaths of three civilians, allegedly killed in shelling by Ukrainian forces. Eighteen other civilians were reported to have been wounded in the fighting.

One soldier killed and seven wounded in Donbass

On 28 October, one Ukrainian soldier was killed and seven others were wounded in the Donbass region. The casualties arose as a result of ongoing hostilities in the region between the Ukrainian military and separatist forces. 

Maryinka checkpoint attacked in Donbas

On 27 October, the Maryinka checkpoint in Donbas was attacked by militants armed with small arms and grenades. No Ukrainian personnel were reported to have been wounded. Reports state that Ukrainian army positions had come under attack 54 times in the previous 24 hours. Attacks were reported in the Mariupol sector, Krasnohorivka and Shyrokyne.

State of emergency declared in Odessa after hurricane kills three people

On 13 October, the Governor of Odessa region, Mikheil Saakashvili, declared a state of emergency across the state after a hurricane killed three people. 11 regions across the state are without electricity as a result of the storm, and state services are attempting to restore power. Officials have advised people to stay at home. 

Two soldiers killed and eight wounded in Donbas in previous 24 hours

On 11 October, the spokesperson for the Ukrainian Defence Ministry, Andriy Lysenko, stated that two Ukrainian servicemen had been killed during combat operations in Donbas in the previous 24 hours. Eight others had been wounded and three had suffered concussions in the same time period. 

Eleven killed and five wounded in Donbas and Luhansk

On 9 October, the Ukrainian Defence Ministry reported that one serviceman had been killed and another wounded in the previous 24 hours. It happened when they hit an explosive device in Troyitske at the Svitlodarsk arc. The Ministry also confirmed that ten militants were killed and four wounded in the Luhansk district and near the city of Mariupol. Ukrainian military positions had reportedly come under fire 16 times during that time period, including seven strikes involving heavy weapons. 

Suspected Ukrainian spy arrested in Russia

A Ukrainian national, Roman Sushchenko, was arrested by the Federal Security Service (FSB) on charges of espionage. Sushchenko claimed to be a journalist but arrived in country without a journalistic visa. The FSB alleges that Sushchenko is a member of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry's chief intelligence office, and that he was collecting state secrets on the activities of the Russian Armed Forces and National Guard troops. Ukraine's chief intelligence office has stated that Sushchenko does not work for them and is simply a journalist. 

Three soldiers killed in east Ukraine

On 13 September, Oleksandr Motuzianyk, a presidential administration spokesman, stated that three Ukrainian soldiers had been killed in the previous 24 hours during combat operations. Two soldiers were killed in a military clash near the village of Stanytsia Luhanska and another soldier was killed by 122mm artillery fire outside Chermalyk village. 

Rebel leader announces unilateral ceasefire

A Russian-backed separatist leader in eastern Ukraine has announced that his militia will hold a ceasefire starting midnight local time on 14 September. Alexander Zakharchenko, commander of the rebel forces in Donetsk, berated the Ukrainian government for their “lack of willingness to solve the problem in a peaceful manner" and urged them to join rebels in a ceasefire. 

One soldier killed and two wounded in Donbass

On 9 September, a Presidential Administration spokesperson reported that one Ukrainian soldier was killed in combat operations near Marinka, in the Donbass region, over the previous 24-hours. Two other soldiers were wounded in the same operations. 

One soldier killed, two other soldiers and one policeman wounded in Donbass

On 5 September, Presidential Administration Spokesman, Oleksandr Motuzyanyk, confirmed that one Ukrainian soldier was killed, with another two soldiers and one policeman wounded in combat actions in Donbass over the previous 24 hours. The casualties occurred during military operations near Avdiyivka and Shyrokyne. 

Pro-Russia TV station set on fire by protesters in Kiev

A pro-Russia Ukrainian TV station was the target of arson attacks on Sunday. A Kiev-based media outlet HQ was set on fire during a protest staged by around 20 people. According to local news sources, a smoke bomb was thrown inside the building, which forced all the operations to be suspended. Six suspects were arrested in connection to the attack. The TV Inter station is regarded by many Ukrainians as having a strong pro-Russia bias, and has been the target of several recent protests amid the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Two soldiers wounded by mortar attack in Lugansk

One civilian and two Ukrainian soldiers have been wounded by a mortar attack in Lugansk, eastern Ukraine. According to security sources, unknown militants fired grenades and mortars at the northern village of Stanistsa Luganskaya on Wednesday. It is also reported that a gas pipeline was damaged by the attack, however it did not present any further risks or service interruption. Several pro-Russia militant groups operate on the volatile eastern front, where recently dozens of Ukrainian soldiers have been killed along the Russian border in multiple targeted attacks.

Six Ukrainian soldiers wounded in Donbass

On 22 August, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian Presidential administration reported that six Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in combat operations in Donbass over the previous 24-hours.

Travel advice for Independence Day on 24 August

The British FCO has advised citizens travelling to Ukraine to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings in the run-up to and aftermath of Ukraine's Independence Day, on 24 August. You should monitor the media for information about possible safety or security risks. Due to the political situation present in the country, public demonstrations can escalate into violence with little warning. 

Anti-corruption bureau under pressure from public prosecutor

Pressure from the public prosecutor's office on Ukraine's National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NACB) has been causing uproar in the parliamentary committee backed by president Petro Poroshenko. A member of the anti-corruption committee, Serhiy Leshchenko, stated that the move is an attempt to make the NACB irrelevant, which could harm ties with the European Union (EU). The NACB is one of the conditions demanded by the EU in exchange for financial aid and visa liberalization to Ukrainian nationals.

Amid high tensions President Vladimir Putin visits Crimea

Following the accusations that the Ukrainian government was behind military armed incursions in Crimea, Russia's President Vladimir Putin headed to visit the disputed peninsula on Friday. According to a Russian news agency, RIA, Putin is set to meet with his security council and to attend a youth forum. This is the fifth visit of the Russian president to Crimea, annexed from Ukraine in March 2014. At the same time, the news source announced that naval and ground forces are executing military logistical training in the area. President Petro Proshenko stated this Thursday that tensions in the region remain high and the situation has worsened, as he can "not exclude a full-scale Russian invasion".

Three Ukrainian soldiers killed in Donbass

Today, Ukrainian presidential administration spokesperson, Oleksandr Motuzyanik, announced that three Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and a further six wounded in the Donbass region. The deaths and injuries all occurred as a result of combat actions undertaken in the last 24 hours. 

Eight Ukrainian soldiers wounded in Donbass

On 17 August, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian presidential administration, Oleksandr Motuzyanik, reported that eight Ukrainian soldiers had been wounded in combat operations in Donbass over the past 24 hours. There were no reported fatalities.  Local officials in the Anti-Terrorist Operation Zone (ATO) also said armed groups had fired 52 times at the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Tuesday.

Ukraine puts troops on alert over Russia tensions

Ukraine has ordered the security forces to be combat ready amid rising tensions with Russia.  “I ordered a high level alert of all units in the region of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and along the entire contact line in Donbas,” President Petro Poroshenko said after meeting with his national security council.  On Wednesday Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed Ukrainian troops had carried out cross-border operations in Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014.

Two security personnel shot dead in Crimea

The Russian Intelligence Agency (FSB) announced on Wednesday that two security personnel were killed in separate terror-linked incidents in the Crimean Peninsula. The FSB stated that one of its agents died in an attack by alleged Ukrainian militants in Armyasnk, where several explosives and a cache of ammunition were found. In a separate incident, the FSB reported that one Russian soldier was killed when a group of Ukrainian officers with armoured vehicles tried to execute a raid in the area. The incident raised some concerns over the ongoing conflict, triggered by Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Soldier killed during counter-terror operation in Donetsk

At least one Ukrainian soldier has been killed and five others injured during clashes with pro-Russian militants in the war-torn Donetsk region. The Ukrainian military spokesperson, Col. Oleksandr Motuzianyk, stated on Tuesday that the casualties were caused during an ongoing counter-terrorism operation in Mariupol. Despite the ceasefire deal established by the Minsk II agreement, signed in February 2015, the region still witnesses frequent clashes between government troops and separatist rebels.

Separatist rebels killed in fresh Donbas clashes

A speaker of the presidential administration on the Anti-terrorist Operation Zone (ATO) announced on Tuesday that 11 rebels have been killed and 14 others injured in fighting in eastern Ukraine. Andrei Lysenko also confirmed that clashes between the insurgents and security forces erupted in the Avdiivka industrial zone, where two rebels were killed and three others were injured. In the beginning of July a week-long operation led to the death of 13 people and left scores injured in the same ATO in Donbas.

Belorussian journalist killed in Kiev car bomb

A Belorussian journalist has been killed in a car bomb attack in Ukraine's capital, Kiev. Pavel Sheremet died when his car suddenly exploded after it started. The car belonged to his employer, Alyona Pritula, chief editor of the Ukrainskaya Pravda, a popular Ukrainian online newspaper. The Interior Ministry stated that the bomb was planted underneath the vehicle and was possibly remotely detonated as part of a targeted assassination. According to a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Sheremet was “a professional who was not afraid to tell different authorities at different times all that he thinks of them".

Several killed in Donbas clashes

Thirteen Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and nearly 60 others injured in fighting over the past six days in the eastern region of Donbas. Ukrainian MP Ivan Vinnyk told the local news agency UNIAN that the fatalities were recorded inside an anti-terrorist operation zone in the city of Donetsk. Vinnyk also stated that rebel groups have become more active and are employing large-calibre artillery. The conflict in the Donbas region started in 2014, when civil unrest led pro-Russian militants to occupy government and law-enforcement buildings across eastern Ukraine.

Three separatists killed and eight others captured in Donetsk

Eight alleged Russian-backed separatists have been captured and three others killed by Ukrainian security forces in the Donetsk region. The incident occurred on Monday near Mariupol after Ukrainian forces approached the suspected members of the Donetsk People's Republic. According to local media, the militants were stationed in Donetsk's grey zone and had carried out successive attacks against government forces, violating the truce established by the Minsk Protocol in September, 2014.

Hundreds protest against mayor in Odessa

Around 2,000 people took to the streets of the Black Sea town of Odessa on Tuesday to protest against the local mayor. The demonstrators demanded the resignation of Gennady Trukhanov, who has been accused of having  hidden assets in the British Virgin Islands. Other sources claim that the protests were related to the ongoing conflict between the politician and the owner of the town's largest construction company, Kadorr Group.

Euro 2016 terror plot thwarted in Ukraine

The head of Ukraine's security services claims that a French national arrested last month was planning mass attacks during the Euro 2016 football tournament, which begins on Friday.  Vasyl Hrytsak said Gregoire Moutaux, 25, planned 15 attacks and had obtained a large cache of weapons and explosives, including 125kg on TNT.  The suspect is reported to be an ultra-nationalist who planned to target Muslim and Jewish places of worship.

Five Ukrainian troops killed near Donetsk

Five Ukrainian soldiers have been killed by separatists near the eastern city of Donetsk, according to military officials.  Four troops died in an ambush at Verkhnetoretskoye, near Avdiivka, while a fifth was killed when his vehicle hit a landmine.  A spokesman for the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) said two rebels also died in shelling on Sunday.

Seven soldiers killed and several others injured in eastern Ukraine

Ukraine's National Security Council head Oleksandr Turchynov announced on Tuesday that seven of its soldiers were killed and nine others wounded in fighting in the east of the country. The incident comes came as leaders of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine opened negotiations to find ways to settle the conflict. Since April 2014, over 9,000 people have been killed in fighting between Ukraine's security forces and pro-Russian separatists.

Three soldiers killed in fresh clashes

Two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and four others wounded in clashes with separatist rebels on Saturday.  The fighting occurred near the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, with separatists claiming government troops had fired dozens of shells at their side of the front line in recent days.  The latest unrest came despite a new truce, which was agreed between the two sides in the Belarusian capital, Minsk.

Hundreds protest in Kiev against labour reform plan

Around 1,000 workers gathered in the streets of Kiev on Thursday to protest against public sector reform plans. The demonstrators are demanding the withdrawal of the proposals, which could lead to layoffs and a rise in the retirement age of some professions labelled as unhealthy. The protest took place in front of the Ministry of Social Policy and moved towards the government building, causing road traffic disruptions in central streets of the capital.  

Five civilians killed in eastern Ukraine

At least five civilians have been killed and 10 others wounded in shelling in eastern Ukraine.  Separatist rebels claim the victims, who included a pregnant woman, were killed by shell fire from government troops; however the army denies any involvement. The incident happened near the village of Olenivka, close to the line of demarcation agreed in a fragile ceasefire between Ukraine's government and the rebels.

Volodymyr Groysmann appointed as new PM

Ukraine's parliament approved Volodymyr Groysmann as the country's new prime minister on Thursday. Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Groysmann's predecessor, handed his resignation to the parliament after facing accusations of corruption and criticism for his inability to push through reforms. Groysmann is a member of the same party as President Petro Poroshenko, Conscience of Ukraine, and faces the difficult task of implementing the EU-backed reform programme.

Ukraine PM Yatsenyuk resigns

Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk has resigned from office, just two months after surviving a no-confidence motion in February.  Yatseniuk's government has been accused of corruption and incompetence over the disbursement of aid under a $17.5bn IMF bailout.  "I have taken the decision to resign as prime minister of Ukraine. On Tuesday, April 12, my request will be submitted to the parliament," Yatseniuk said in a televised address.

Ukrainian protesters demand pilot's release

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Russian embassy in Kiev on Sunday to demand the release of pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who is on hunger strike.  The protesters threw eggs and rocks at the building, while an embassy spokesman said armed men damaged vehicles and threw smoke bombs.  Ms Savchenko is on trial in Russia in connection with the deaths of two Russian journalists in 2014.

Three soldiers killed by landmine in Luhansk

Three Ukrainian soldiers have been killed by a landmine in the eastern Luhansk region.  "A vehicle carrying servicemen from the 80th brigade was blown up on the road between residential areas of Novotoshkivske and Hirske today, on March 1. According to the preliminary information, three servicemen were killed and two suffered injuries," the Luhansk Regional Military-Civilian Administration said in a statement.

Three soldiers killed in eastern Ukraine

Three Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and seven others wounded in fighting with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country.  "Yesterday the situation on the front line escalated. In general, every third enemy attack is from a heavy weapon or mortar banned under the Minsk (ceasefire) agreement," military spokesman Oleksandr Motuzyanyk said in a daily televised briefing.  The clashes took place near the village of Zaitseve, around 50km from the city of Donetsk.

Two killed in Ukraine landmine blast

Three people have been killed and several others wounded after a civilian bus hit a landmine in the Donetsk region.  The bus was travelling near the line of demarcation between Ukraine and the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) when it hit the device on Wednesday morning.  A nearby car was also hit in the blast.

Ukrainian soldier killed as violence rises in east

A Ukrainian soldier has been killed and eight others wounded in the latest outbreak of fighting with pro-Russian separatists near the eastern city of Donetsk. "The most difficult situation is still around Donetsk airport, where illegal groups cynically violated agreements, firing at Ukrainian positions using 120 caliber mortars," Ukrainian military spokesman Oleksander Motuzyanyk said.  On Saturday the govenment confirmed that five soldiers had been killed in 24 hours of fighting in the region.

Ukraine prosecutor survives assassination attempt

Ukraine's leading prosecutor has survived an assassination attempt in the country's capital, Kiev.  Officials said a sniper fired three shots at the office of General Viktor Shokin on Monday night, adding that the building's bulletproof glass saved his life.  At the weekend a small group of protesters called for Mr Shokin's resignation, claiming that he had failed to bring any corruption cases to court and accusing him of sabotaging the country's anti-corruption progrramme.

Ukrainian soldier killed near Donetsk airport

A Ukrainian soldier has been killed in an attack by separatist rebels near Donetsk airport. "Yesterday, the positions of the Ukrainian army near Pisky and Opytne came under fire that killed one Ukrainian soldier," spokesman Oleksandr Zavtonov told AFP. On Monday a rebel spokesman accused the military of launching an attack in the area, while local residents have reported heavy fighting in the area.

Two killed in Luhansk ambush

Two people have been killed and six others wounded in an ambush near the eastern city of Luhansk.  A military spokesman said an army vehicle hit a landmine and then came under sniper fire on Tuesday.  The incident came despite a renewed ceasefire agreed between the army and pro-Russian separatists.

One killed in anti-autonomy protests outside Parliament

One national guard serviceman has been killed and over 100 injured in violent protests outside Ukraine's parliament. Clashes between nationalists and riot police erupted after MPs gave initial backing to reforms for more autonomy in the rebel-held east. Police have reported that some in the crowd through live grenades at police. The clashes were minor to begin with, but then reports came in of small explosions, followed by a much larger one, apparently from a grenade. The demonstrators, numbering only a few dozen, tried to pull the police away from their lines, beat them and took their shields and helmets. The Ukrainian Interior Minister, Arsen Avakov said some 30 people have been arrested, including an ultra-nationalist Svoboda (Freedom) member who confessed to throwing a grenade. Of the 122 people hospitalised, more than 11 are in a critical condition. A policeman's leg was reportedly blown off below the knee in the blast. 

Four Ukrainian soldiers killed as fighting tests truce

Four Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 14 wounded in fighting with pro-Russian rebels in the past 24 hours, the Ukrainian military has said, as a new wave of violence gives the impression that the ceasefire in place could collapse. Ukrainian military spokesman Oleksander Motuzyanyk reported renewed rebel shelling of government positions near the separatist-held city of Donetsk and mortar fire in villages near the strategic Kiev-controlled port city of Mariupol. "In this area the enemy does not engage in direct fighting with the Ukrainian army, but regularly fires chaotically from howitzers and GRAD multiple rocket launchers," he said. Separatist officials accused Ukrainian troops in turn of shelling rebel territory, including residential areas.

Shelling in east Ukraine kills nine as clashes escalate

At least nine people have died in heavy exchanges of artillery fire between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine. Russia has said that the latest fighting suggested preparations for a new offensive by the Ukrainians. But Kiev has accused the rebels of shelling the outskirts of Mariupol - a key port city - from 12km away. Among the dead were seven civilians and two government soldiers, reports claim. Sartana and Lebedynske - two villages on the outskirts of Mariupol - came under heavy artillery fire, which resulted in the deaths of two civilians and two Ukrainian troops.

Surge in fighting violates ceasefire

The European Union (EU) says that escalating attacks on government-controlled areas in eastern Ukraine violate a February peace deal with pro-Russian separatists. "The Minsk Agreements must be implemented in good faith, starting with the full observation of the ceasefire and genuine withdrawal of heavy weapons," the EU said. Ukraine on Monday accused rebels of carrying out the heaviest shelling since the truce began.

Ukraine reports heavy tank battle with pro-Russian rebels

Ukraine has said that it had repelled a rare tank assault by pro-Russian rebels that threatened to erase a shaky cease-fire and dangerously escalate the 16-month war in its breakaway east. President Petro Poroshenko said about "200 insurgents used tanks to storm" Novolaspa - a village halfway between the separatists' de facto capital Donetsk and the Kiev-held port of Mariupol - in a pre-dawn raid that caught government soldiers off guard. The Ukrainian forces repelled the assault. A second attack was later reported on the same village whose outcome was not immediately clear. 

Five troops, one civilian reported killed in eastern Ukraine

Five Ukrainian soldiers are reported to have died in clashes with pro-Russian rebels, with another six reported to have been wounded, in the past 24 hours. Meanwhile, pro-Russian rebels accuse government troops of killing a civilian after one of their shells hit a jail and started a fire in the rebel-held town of Gorlivka. 

Four soldiers killed ahead of new Ukraine peace talks

Four soldiers have been killed in clashes with pro-Russian rebels. Military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said that another 15 servicemen had been wounded in the past 24 hours of fighting across the eastern Russian-speaking provinces of Lugansk and Donetsk. The report of the four fatalities came only hours ahead of fresh talks on ending the 15-month separatist revolt.

Four civilians killed in Ukraine fighting

Four civilians have been killed by heavy artillery shelling between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian rebels. Two civilians were killed in Dzerzhynsk, and two killed in Gorlivka. Four other civilians were wounded in Gorlivka, including two children. It is not yet clear which side is responsible for the casualties, although both sides are blaming each other. 

Eight government soldiers killed in clashes with rebels

Eight Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in clashes with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country.  The fighting in the Luhansk region is some of the heaviest since a ceasefire was agreed in February.  Ukraine military spokesman Adriy Lysenko said three soldiers were killed by shelling and five others died in a landmine explosion.

Six Ukrainian soldiers killed in rebel attack

Six Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 14 others wounded in rebel attacks in eastern Ukraine.  Military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said the attacks took place over the last 24 hours near the city of Donetsk. “The enemy threw tanks, armoured personnel carriers and heavy artillery into battle. We emphasis that rebels are also firing at residential areas,” he said.

Violence erupts during gay pride march in Kiev

Five police officers have been wounded after violence erupted during a gay pride march in Ukraine's capital, Kiev.  A group of unidentified people threw smoke bombs and stones at the rally, which was only the second gay pride march to be held in Ukraine.  Ahead of the event a number of politicians and right-wing groups had pledged to disrupt the event, while LGBT activists say homophobia is still widespread across the country.

President Poroshenko claims troops control Maryinka

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko says the town of Maryinka is now under complete control of the army. Poroshenko said: “Maryinka is completely clear of insurgents as a result of a clean-up operation. Twelve people were captured, including one citizen from the Russian Federation.” He added that “they put up an armed resistance to the Ukrainian army.”

Heavy fighting erupts in eastern Ukraine

Heavy fighting has been reported between government troops and pro-Russian rebels near Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.  Military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said rebels launched a major offensive against government-held areas on Wednesday. “The enemy is trying to advance. Ukrainian troops are repelling all attacks and successfully holding on to their positions,” Lysenko said.  More than 20 government soldiers are reported to have been wounded in the latest fighting.

Five killed in latest Ukraine clashes

At least two civilians and three government soldiers have been killed in clashes in eastern Ukraine.  The civilians died when shells hit the village of Shyrokyne and the town of Horlivka on Sunday, while a military spokesman said the soldiers were killed in fighting with rebels in the last 24 hours.  On Monday the United Nations (UN) said there was increasing evidence of Russian state involvement in the country. "We are speaking about increasing inflow of (unofficial) fighters and increasing evidence that there are also some (Russian) servicemen involved in fighting," Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic told a news conference in Geneva.

Six killed in latest fighting

For pro-Russian separatists, a Ukrainian soldier and a civilian have been killed in the latest fighting in eastern Ukraine.  A civilian died in an artillery fire strike on the outskirts of Donetsk, while a Ukrainian soldier was killed when his military ambulance was hit by shelling near the Russian border.  Heavy fighting has also been reported in the cities of Horlivka and Mariupol in the last few days.

Rebel leader killed in Ukraine ambush

A separatist leader has been killed in an ambush in eastern Ukraine.  Alexey Mozgovoy, head of the rebel Prizrak brigade, died along with several other fighters on Saturday when their car was ambushed in the self-proclaimed Luhansk region. “There are seven dead in total,” deputy Lugansk prosecutor Sergei Gorenko said at a press conference.

Captured soldiers admit to being in Russian army

Two soldiers captured by Ukraine's security forces over the weekend have admitted to being members of Russia's armed forces, according to European mediators.  The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said the two men were interviewed in Kiev and had travelled to Ukraine on a "reconnaissance mission".  Russia's ministry of defence claimed the soldiers had been mistreated by Ukrainian special forces who had "beat convenient testimony out of them".

Soldier killed in clashes in eastern Ukraine

A Ukrainian soldiers has been killed in fresh clashes in the east of the country. "Fighting has not died down along a broad stretch of the frontline from Krasnogorivka to Svitlodarsk," Oleksander Motuzyanyk, Ukrainian military spokesperson, said on Thursday. Mr Motuzyanyk did not confirm if this was the area where the soldier was killed.

Two Russian officers captured in Ukraine

The Ukrainian government said that two Russian officers who were opertating in east of the country have been captured.  Two soldiers were seized by the volunteer Aidar battalion near the town of Shchastia in the Luhansk region on Sunday. Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said the two men were being questioned.

Ukraine rebels release IRC aid workers

Pro-Russian separatists have released two American aid workers from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) who were detained for alleged spying. "We have freed two Americans that we arrested earlier. One of the two is a CIA agent, the other was enlisted," said rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko on Saturday. IRC President David Miliband said that aid workers "should never be targeted", adding that they are now in a safe location.

Three killed in latest Ukraine clashes

Two Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and five others wounded in the latest clashes with pro-Russian separatists.  The troops died when their armoured vehicle hit a landmine in the Luhansk region near the border with Russia.  In a separate incident an army volunteer was killed by mortar fire near the airport in Donetsk on Monday.

Observers report heavy shelling in eastern Ukraine

Monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said that they have witnessed intense shelling in eastern Ukraine. "On 26 April, the SMM (special monitoring mission) observed what it assessed to be the most intense shelling in Shyrokyne... since fighting began in the area in mid-February 2015," the OSCE said in a spot report issued overnight. "For the last 12 hours, and on-going at the time of this report, the SMM has observed sporadic to continuous exchanges of fire involving small arms, machine gun, rocket propelled grenade and automatic grenade launcher," the Vienna-based security body said.

Prominent Ukrainian journalist shot dead in Kiev

The prominent Ukrainian journalist, Oles Buzina, has been shot dead in the capital, Kiev.  Mr Buzine, who was known for his pro-Russian views, was shot by a passing car on Thursday afternoon.  In 2012 he ran for parliament on the Russian party ticket.

Six government soldiers killed in eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian officials said six government soldiers have been killed and 12 others wounded during the latest outbreak of fighting in the east of the country.  Clashes erupted around the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in the early hours of Tuesday morning, with officials claiming that army positions were fired on 26 times.  Until recently the level of fighting in the east had dropped after a ceasefire deal was agreed back in February.  However, on Monday, Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France expressed "grave concern" over the surge in violence. 

Six soldiers killed in separatist attacks

At least six government soldiers have been killed in attacks by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on Sunday.  Four troops died when their vehicle was hit by a shell in the town of Schastye, while later two other soldiers died when they hit a landmine near Mariupol.  The latest casualties follow another incident on Saturday when three soldiers were killed by a landmine near Donetsk.

Civilian bus hits landmine in eastern Ukraine

At least four people have been killed and 19 others wounded after a civilian bus hit a landmine in eastern Ukraine.  Local officials said the incident happened at a checkpoint near the town of Artemivsk in the Donetsk region.  The area is covered with landmines following months of heavy fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists.

Ukraine begins heavy weapons withdrawal

Ukraine's military has started to withdraw heavy weapons from the front-line in the war-torn east of the country.  The defence ministry said the removal of 100mm guns is "the first step" and would be monitored by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).  Pro-Russian separatist rebels said they have also started withdrawing weapons but these claims have not been verified.

Ceasefire violated by Kharkiv blast

A bomb has killed a police officer and a civilian during a political rally in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.  The "unknown explosive device" went off as thousands of people gathered to mark the first anniversary of the ousting of former president, Viktor Yanukovych.  Security forces have arrested four suspects, who are accused of receiving training and weapons from Russia.

Fighting continues despite ceasefire

Heavy fighting has continued around the key strategic town of Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine despite a ceasefire deal.  International observers deployed to observe the ceasefire have been unable to enter the town.  Pro-Russian separatists said the peace deal, which has been observed in other parts of the country, does not apply in Debaltseve because they have almost seized control of the town.

Heavy fighting continues ahead of ceasefire

Heavy fighting has been reported between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists.  At least 26 people were killed in the region, with artillery and rocket fire continually hammering the town.  The fighting came ahead of a ceasefire agreed in Minsk which is due to start on Sunday. 

Leaders agree Ukraine ceasefire at peace talks

An agreement has been reached aimed at ending the conflict in eastern Ukraine following peace talks in Belaurs.  The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France announced that a ceasefire would begin on 15 February. "Even though we have not accomplished everything ... this represents 'serious hope' for Ukraine... it is also a big relieve for Europe ... and it's a good example of what Germany and France can do for peace," said French President Francois Hollande. Russian leader Vladimir Putin said they had reached agreement on the "main" points.

Deadly clashes continue in east ahead of peace talks

At least 24 people have been killed in the latest outbreak of violence to hit eastern Ukraine.  Nineteen Ukrainian soldiers died and dozens more were wounded in attacks by pro-Russian separatists near the town of Debaltseve.  Five people were also reportedly killed when shells hit a bus station in the rebel-held city of Donestsk.  The latest fighting comes as leaders from Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France head to Belarus for peace talks.

Renewed fighting reported in eastern Ukraine

At least 16 civilians have been killed and dozens more wounded during the latest outbreak of violence in eastern Ukraine.  The United Nations has criticized the government and pro-Russian rebels for targeting areas with large civilian populations, adding that more than 220 people had died in the last three weeks.  Ukraine's army also said that five soldiers died during clashes near the town of Debaltseve.

Heavy fighting reported in eastern town of Debaltseve

Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels have been engaged in heavy fighting around the strategic eastern town of Debaltseve.  Medical services in the area say they are struggling to cope with the large influx of casualties, with around 50 to 60 people being brought in every day.  There have also been reports that the nearby village of Vuhlehirsk has been captured by the rebels.

Seven soldiers killed in eastern clashes

Seven Ukrainian soldiers have been killed during fighting with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country.  The clashes come after 30 civilians died in rebel shelling in the port city of Mariupol on Saturday.  The UN Security Council has called a special meeting to discuss the recent escalation of violence, while Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko said he had evidence of Russia's involvement in the events in Mariupol.

Bus stop hit by shelling in Donetsk

At least 13 people have been killed after shelling hit a bus stop in the eastern city of Donetsk. "Twelve people were killed in the trolleybus and another who was in a car that was passing nearby," said an official with the emergency services in the city. The deaths came as Ukraine's military said it was withdrawing its forces from the disputed airport in the city after months of heavy fighting with pro-Russian separatist.

Government troops launch assault on Donetsk airport

Ukrainian troops have recaptured most of the area around the airport in Donetsk after heavy fighting with separatist rebels. The decision was taken for a mass operation," military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said on TV. "We succeeded in almost completely cleaning the territory of the airport, which belongs to the territory of Ukrainian forces as marked by military separation lines."  At the same time thousands joined a peace rally in the capital, Kiev, for the 13 civilians who died last week in a rocket attack in the east of the country.

Rebel shelling kills 11 in Donetsk

At least 11 people have been killed and 13 others have been wounded in rebel shelling in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine.  Local officials said a shell hit a civilian bus at a checkpoint near the town of Volnovakha on Tuesday. "An investigation is in progress. The road between Donetsk and Mariupol has been closed," said Donetsk regional interior ministry department chief Vyacheslav Abroskin.

Six killed in Donetsk clashes

Four Ukrainian soldiers and two civilians have been killed in rocket and mortar attacks in the eastern city of Donetsk.  A military spokesman said several army positions in the city had been targeted by pro-Russian separatists in the past day.  The violence comes a week ahead of proposed peace talks in Kazakhstan between the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France.

Hundreds freed in prisoner exchange

Ukraine's government and pro-Russian separatists have started an exchange of hundreds of prisoners of war.  The agreement to swap 125 soldiers for 225 rebels came after peace talks on Wednesday, and were part of a wider 12-point peace plan signed in September.  A ceasefire was also central to the plan; however around 1,300 people have been killed in fighting since September.

Six soldiers killed in eastern Ukraine clashes

Six Ukrainian soldiers have been killed during renewed clashes with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country. "Terrorists are violating agreements and continuing to fire on positions of the Ukrainian military and civilians. Tanks and artillery were used, but our forces did not respond," said Andriy Lysenko, a National Security and Defence Council spokesman.

Army and separatist agree new ceasefire in Luhansk

The Ukrainian army and pro-Russian separatists have agreed a new ceasefire in the eastern region of Luhansk. "All agreed in principle to a total ceasefire along the entire line of contact between Ukrainian Armed Forces and those under control of the [Lugansk People's Republic], to be effective from 5 December," the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe said in a statement late on Monday.  Separate peace talks are ongoing in the neighbouring Donetsk region, where heavy fighting has been reported in recent days.

Kiev claims Russian tanks have crossed into Ukraine

Ukraine has accused Russia of sending tanks and other military vehicles across the border.  A military spokesman said that at least 32 tanks and 16 artillery systems had crossed into eastern Ukraine, along with dozens of trucks carrying armed men and ammunition.  The alleged move comes after pro-Russian separatists held an election in Donetsk over the weekend.  Alexander Zakharchenko was named as the incumbent "prime minister" of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic.

Rebel leader ambushed in eastern Ukraine

A pro-Russian separatist leader has been wounded in an ambush in eastern Ukraine.  Gunmen opened fire on Pavel Gubarev's car in the Donetsk region, causing the vehicle to crash into a concrete pillar.  Mr Gubarev is recovering in Rostov hospital.

Heavy fighting continues near Donetsk airport

At least 10 people died on Wednesday during renewed fighting near the government-held airport in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.  The deaths were reported in residential areas in the north-west of the city as pro-Russian separatists tried to reclaim the airport. "In two, or maximum three, days the Donetsk airport will come under our control," said rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko.

Deadly clashes in Donetsk threaten ceasefire

At least 12 soldiers and civilians have been killed during fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists.  Security officials said on Monday that seven soldiers died when a shell hit their armoured personnel carrier near the main airport.  The latest fighting comes after a week of talks in the Belarusian capital, Minsk.

Six killed in post-ceasefire violence

At least six people have been killed and 15 others wounded in shelling in the eastern city of Donetsk, the worst outbreak of violence since a ceasefire was agreed between the government and rebels on 5 September.  The city council said that two northern areas of the city were hit particularly badly, with casualties reported in several residential areas.  A government spokesman said the pro-separatist rebels were responsible for the shelling.

Rebels free 1200 captives in Ukraine

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko says 1,200 people held by pro-Russian rebels have been freed.  The move comes after a ceasefire was agreed on Friday, which included an exchange of prisoners.  Mr Poroshenko made the announcement during a vising to the south-eastern port city of Maripol, which has been shelled by rebels over the weekend.

Ukraine agrees permanent ceasefire with Russia

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko says that an agreement has been reached with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on a "permanent ceasefire" in eastern Ukraine. "The conversation resulted in an agreement on a lasting ceasefire in Donbas. Mutual understanding was achieved regarding steps that would promote the establishment of peace," said the president's office in a statement.  Around 2,6000 people have been killed and more than a million others displaced since fighting erupted in eastern Ukraine in April. 

NATO says 1,000 Russian troops are fighting in Ukraine

NATO have said that more than 1,000 Russian soldiers are now fighting alongside separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.   NATO's Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that "despite hollow denials", it was now clear that Russia had illegally crossed Ukraine's border.  The UN security council called an emergency session to discuss the development on Friday.

Refugee convoy hit by rocket fire outside Luhansk

A convoy of buses carrying refugees has been hit by rocket fire near the eastern city of Luhansk.  Both the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels are blaming each other for the strike, which reportedly killed dozens of people.  Around 500 people a day have been fleeing the city, which has been left almost entirely without water and electricity for more than two weeks.

Ukraine targets Russian military vehicles along shared border

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko said the military had destroyed a large column of armoured vehicles crossing the border from Russia.  NATO said the advance was a "military incursion", adding that they had witnessed "a continuous flow of weapons and fighters from Russia into eastern Ukraine".  The incident happened close to where a large Russian convoy of aid trucks has been stationed awaiting inspection by Ukrainian troops.

Rebels ambush loyalist militia in Donetsk

Pro-Russian separatists have ambushed a bus carrying pro-government militiamen near the restive eastern city of Donetsk.  At least 12 members of the Right Sector group - a volunteer battalion - were killed in the attack, while an unknown number were captured. "We have suffered terrible losses. We will avenge this," Right Sector leader Dmytro Yarosh said.

Government forces prepare final assault on Donetsk

Ukrainian troops are preparing for the final stage in their operation to recapture the eastern city of Donetsk from pro-Russian separatists, according to a military spokesman. "The forces of the 'anti-terrorist operation' are preparing for the final stage of liberating Donetsk" Andriy Lysenko told the Reuters news agency.  Meanwhile overnight shelling hit a high-security prison on the outskirts of the city, leading to a jailbreak during which more than 100 inmates escaped.

Heavy fighting reported in Donetsk

Heavy fighting between rebels and government troops has been reported in a suburb of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.  Ukrainian soldiers targeted pro-Russian separatist positions in the city, forcing thousands of residents to flee.  On Monday more than 300 soldiers retreated across the border into Russia under heavy fire from rebels.

Government troops seize town of Avdiivka from rebels

Ukrainian troops have seized the key strategic town of Avdiika from pro-Russian separatists following days of heavy fighting.  At least 19 people were killed in clashes in the town, which is located on the outskirts of the major city of Donetsk.  Fighting was also reported in the town of Ilovaysk, close to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Dozens killed in fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine

At least 22 people have been killed in fierce clashes between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine.  Officials said 17 people, including five children, died in fighting in the town of Horlivka on Monday night, while five elderly civilians were killed when a mortar shell hit a retirement home in Luhansk.  The latest unrest comes as the EU imposed new economic sanctions against Russia over its support of the rebels, a charge which Moscow denies.

Two Ukraine fighter jets shot down by rebels

Pro-Russian rebels have shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets in the east of the country, close to where the Malaysian airliner was downed last week.  A military spokesman said the two Sukhoi-25 jets were shot down at around 13:30 local time near the town of Savur Mogila.  The fate of the pilots has not yet been established.

Malaysian airliner shot down in east Ukraine

A Malaysian airliner carrying 295 people has crashed in eastern Ukraine amid reports that it was shot down.  The Boeing 777 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed around 50km from the Russian border.  The Ukrainian interior ministry said the plane was brought down by a ground-to-air missile but denied any involvement by the Ukrainian military.  None of the 280 passengers and 15 crew members onboard survived the crash.

Airstrike kills 11 in rebel-held town of Snizhne

 At least 11 people have been killed in an airstrike on the rebel-held town of Shizhne near Donetsk.  Rockets hit a block of flats and a tax office at around 07:00 local time on Tuesday morning.  Rebels claim that the government carried out the strike - although military officials insist that none of its planes had taken off since Monday.

Heavy fighting reported in Luhansk

Heavy fighting has been reported outside the rebel-held city of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine.  Rebel military leader Igor Strelkov claims that government troops tried to storm the city with tanks but that his forces had repelled them.  On Sunday at least 15 people were killed in fighting outside Luhansk and the neighbouring region of Donetsk.

Three bridges destroyed outside Donetsk

Three bridges on key roads leading into the eastern city of Donetsk have been destroyed, reportedly by pro-Russian separatists attempting to halt an offensive by the Ukrainian military.  Troops reclaimed control of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk over the weekend, forcing the rebels to regroup in Donetsk.  Heavy fighting is expected in the city in the coming days.

Pro-Russian separatists regroup following loss of Sloviansk

Pro-Russian separatists are regrouping in the eastern city of Donetsk after they were forced out of their key stronghold of Sloviansk.  Government troops regained control of the city on Saturday, a move which President Petro Poroshenko said was of "huge symbolic importance" and "the start of a turning point in the fight against the militants".

Government ends ceasefire with separatists

Ukraine's president, Petro Poroshenko, has announced that the country's armed forces will renew operations against pro-Russian separatists after a ceasefire agreement ended on Monday night.  Mr Poroshenko blamed "criminal elements" for thwarting any chance for peace, saying "the decision not to continue the ceasefire is our answer to terrorists, militants and marauders".

Fresh talks planned as clashes continue in east

Ukraine's new president, Petro Poroshenko, is to hold fresh talks with the leaders of Russia, France and Germany in a bid to extend a ceasefire with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country.  The existing deadline is due to expire on Monday evening, although clashes have been reported over the weekend in the east of the country.  A military spokesman said five Ukrainian soldiers had been killed in fighting in Sloviansk, while in Donetsk a Russian TV cameraman was fatally wounded by troops near a military base.

Ukraine signs partnership agreement with EU

Ukraine's new president has signed a landmark trade deal with the European Union, a move strongly opposed by neighbouring Russia.  Petro Poroshenko joined fellow ex-Soviet states Georgia and Moldova in signing the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement, saying "over the last months, Ukraine paid the highest possible price to make her European dreams come true."  Last year Mr Poroshenko's predecessor, Viktor Yanukovich, rejected the agreement under pressure from Russia, sparking the widespread political unrest which led to the collapse of his government.

Ukrainian helicopter shot down by rebels

A Ukrainian military helicopter has been shot down by rebels in the east of the country, killing all nine people on board.  The helicopter was carrying technicians who had been setting up specialist monitoring equipment when it was hit near Sloviansk.  The incident comes despite a ceasefire declared by the country's president on 20 June.

President Poroshenko set to offer unilateral truce

Ukraine's president, Petro Poroshenko, has said that he will offer a unilateral truce to pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country as part of a 14-step peace plan.  Mr Poroshenko said the ceasefire would allow the militants to lay down their arms and begin negotiations with the Ukrainian government.  According to the government 147 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and more than 250 others wounded in fighting with the rebels since March.

Troops clash with separatists in Maripol

Ukrainian troops have clashed with pro-Russian separatists in the port city of Mariupol, leaving at least five rebels and two soldiers dead.  The Interior Minister Arseny Avakov said government forces were now in control of the city, which has changed hands several times in recent weeks.

Deadly clashes in east as new president takes office

At least 15 pro-Russian separatists have been killed in clashes with government troops at a border crossing with Russia in eastern Ukraine.  Interior Minister Anton Herashchenko said the border guards fought gun battles with the armed men who crossed from Russia in trucks near the village of Marynivka.  The latest fighting came as Petro Poroshenko was sworn in as the country's new president, during which he insisted he would not hold talks with rebels, who he described as "gangsters and killers".

Rebels storm border camp near Luhansk

At least five militants have been killed in clashes between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian troops near the restive eastern city of Luhansk.  The clashes erupted when hundreds of separatists attacked a border guards' camp on the outskirts of the city on Monday.  Ukraine has dispatched military aircraft to support the border guards.

Army helicopter shot down by rebels near Sloviansk

A Ukrainian military helicopter has been shot down by pro-Russian rebels near the eastern city of Sloviansk, leaving 14 people dead.  The helicopter was reportedly dropping off troops at a nearby military base when it was hit by anti-aircraft fire.  The outgoing president, Olexander Turchynov, said that a general was among the dead.

Heavy fighting in Donetsk leaves 30 separtists dead

At least 30 pro-Russian separatists have been killed in clashes with Ukrainian troops in the eastern city of Donetsk.  The interior ministry said the rebel fighters had attacked the city's airport but had been rebuffed by security forces.  The fighting came as Petro Poroshenko claimed victory in Ukraine's presidential elections.

Ukrainian soldiers killed in Donetsk clashes

At least 14 soldiers have been killed in an attack by pro-Russian separatists in the eastern city of Donestsk.  Heavily armed militants targeted an army checkpoint in the Volnovakha area, around 20km south of the city.  Clashes were also reported in the neighbouring Luhansk region, and come just three days before Ukraine's presidential election.

Six soldiers killed in east Ukraine ambush

Ukraine's defence ministry said that six government troops have been killed in an ambush near the eastern city of Krematorsk.  The unit was reportedly attacked by a group of around 30 heavily-armed separatist fighters at 1300 local time.  The statement also said that eight soldiers were wounded in the "prolonged fighting", which it blamed on "terrorists".

Donetsk region seeks to join Russia

The self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk has asked to join Russia after the results of an unofficial referendum were released.  Separatist leader Denis Pushilin has called on Moscow to listen to the "will of the people" after 90 percent of people voted to leave Ukraine.  The EU, US and the Ukrainian government have all said that the polls were illegal.

Heavy fighting in Mariupol leaves 20 dead

Ukraine's interior ministry have said that 20 pro-Russian fighters have been killed during fighting with government troops in the eastern port city of Mariupol.  Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said "terrorists" tried to seize the police headquarters before they were fought off by security forces.  Local residents have disputed the government's account, saying many of the victims were civilians.

Independence vote scheduled in eastern Ukraine

An independence vote in eastern Ukraine will go ahead this weekend, despite calls from Russian President Vladimir Putin to postpone the vote.  The leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Denis Pushilin, said the referendum would be held on 11 May.  The European Union (EU) responded by saying that "such a vote could have no democratic legitimacy and would only further worsen the situation".

Ukrainian helicopter shot down in Sloviansk

A Ukrainian helicopter has been shot down in the eastern city of Sloviansk, while at least four soldiers have been killed in clashes with pro-Russian militants.  The Mi-24 helicopter came under heavy fire on the outskirts of the city and crashed into a nearby river before the crew were evacuated.  The army are trying to reclaim Sloviansk from the militants, who have taken up positions in the city centre.

Fire breaks in Odessa during rival clashes

At least 38 people have been killed after a fire broke out in a trade union building in the southern port city of Odessa during clashes between pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian protesters.  Local police said that some of the victims had been overwhelmed by smoke, while others died when they jumped from the building's windows.  Earlier a group of pro-Russian gunmen opened fire on a nationalist protest in the city, leaving at least one person dead and several others wounded.

Pro-Russian rebels killed in government offensive

Several pro-Russian separatists have been killed during a government operation to reclaim control of Sloviansk in eastern Ukraine.  Interim President Oleksandr Turchynov said two Ukrainian soldiers were also killed in the fighting, "which is significantly complicated by the fact that the terrorists' bases are located in the crowded cities and the terrorists themselves hide behind the civilians".  Earlier pro-Russian forces shot down two Mi-24 helicopter gunships in the city, killing one pilot while another was captured. 

Ukraine reinstates conscription as fighting continues

Ukraine has reinstated military conscription in an attempt to deal with the deteriorating security situation in the east of the country.  The country's interim president, Oleksandr Turchynov, signed the decree after troops lost control of further regions to pro-Russian separatists.  He also said Ukraine was on "full combat alert" with fears that the 40,000 Russian troops stationed across the border could invade.

Pro-Russian activists storm Luhansk HQ

Hundreds of pro-Russian separatists have stormed the regional government headquarters in the eastern city of Luhansk.  The police did nothing to stop the armed men from seizing the building, with an aide to the interior minister telling the Reuters news agency that "the regional leadership does not control its police force."

Mayor of Kharkiv shot in the back

The mayor of Ukraine's second-largest city has been shot and critically wounded during ongoing unrest in the east of the country.  Hennady Kernes, the mayor of Kharkiv, was shot in the back on Monday morning and is currently in a critical condition in hospital.  Meanwhile pro-Russian separatists have seized another local government building in the southern town of Kostyantynivka.

Troops clash with separatists in eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian troops have clashed with pro-Russian separatists in several towns in the east of the country.  The government said that it has regained the city hall in the southern port city of Mariupol, while troops also repelled an attack on an army base in Artemivsk.  Ukraine's acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, said "the attackers were repelled and suffered significant losses". 

Deadly shooting reported in Sloviansk

According to reports in Russia at least five people have been killed in an attack on pro-Russian activists in the eastern city of Sloviansk.  Russia has expressed "outrage" at the shooting, claiming that Ukraine's Right Sector nationalists were behind it.  Ukraine says it will launch an investigation into the incident.

Three separatists killed east Ukraine clashes

Three pro-Russian separatists have been killed in clashes with Ukrainian forces in the Black Sea port of Mariupol.  The fighting erupted when around 300 armed separatists attacked a National Guard base in the city, leading to a gunfight with troops.  According to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov 13 separatists were wounded and 63 have been arrested.  The incident, which is the deadliest since the crisis began, comes as the US, Russia, the EU and Ukraine hold crisis talks in Geneva.

Ukrainian officer killed in gun battle with separatists

A Ukrainian security officer has been killed and five others wounded in a gun battle with pro-Russian separatists in the eastern city of Sloviansk.  A group of armed pro-Russian forces seized control of the city on Saturday, prompting the Ukrainian government to launch an "anti-terrorist" counter operation.

Security forces storm offices seized by separatists

Ukraine's security forces have carried out "anti-terrorist" operations against pro-Russian separatists in the eastern city of Kharkiv.  Troops stormed the regional administrative building which had been under the control of protesters since yesterday, arresting around 70 people in the process.  The Ukrainian authorities said that other buildings held by separatists in Luhansk and Donestsk would be freed shortly.

Pro-Russian activists storm government offices in east

Pro-Russian activists have stormed government buildings in three cities in eastern Ukraine, proclaiming the creation of a sovereign republic.  "Seeking to create a popular, legitimate, sovereign state, I proclaim the creation for the sovereign state of the People's Republic of Donetsk," said a spokesperson in the city of Donetsk where protesters rallied in the city square.  Other unrest was reported in Luhansk and Kharkiv where protesters clashed with police and hung Russian flags from government buildings.

Russian energy giant rises gas price for Ukraine

Russian energy firm Gazprom has increased gas prices for neighbouring Ukraine by more than 40 percent.  The company's chief executive said the decision had been taken because the Ukrainian government had failed to pay its bills.  The interim government said last week that it will raise gas prices for consumers by 50 percent in order to secure a much needed aid package from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Former PM Tymoshenko set to run for president

Ukraine's former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, has announced that she will run for president in elections scheduled for May.  Ms Tymoshenko, who was released from prison last month following the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych, said she would stand as a candidate for "Ukrainian unity".

Far-right leader shot dead in western Ukraine

The leader of a far-right group has been killed in a shoot-out with police at a cafe in western Ukraine.  Oleksandr Muzychko, also known as Sashko Bily, was the leader of the ultra-nationalist Right Sector group which was prominent during the recent anti-government protest movement.  According to reports Muzychko opened fire on the special forces officers when they attempted to arrest him near the town of Rivne.

Russian troops seize more military bases in Crimea

Russian troops backed by helicopter gunships have seized control of a Ukrainian naval base in Crimea.  "The invading troops were using stun grenades and also firing automatic weapons. The interior of the compound is full of Russian troops," said Vladislav Seleznyov, a Ukrainian military spokesman in Crimea.  The Feodosia base is the latest in a series of military sites to be captured by Russia since the region was annexed in a referendum on 16 March.

Two people shot dead in eastern Ukraine

Two people have been killed in a shootout in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.  According to local reports members of a far-right nationalist group clashed with pro-Russian demonstrators on Friday night.  The incident follows similar clashes in Donetsk on Thursday which saw one person killed and 17 others wounded.

Thousands join rival rallies across Ukraine

Tens of thousands of people have taken part in rival pro-Ukraine and pro-Russia rallies as Crimea prepares to vote on its future.  Rival protesters clashed in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, with pro-Russia militants and Cossacks allegedly attacking their opponents.  Meanwhile Russia's foreign ministry claim that masked far-right militants opened fire on peaceful protesters in the eastern city of Kharkiv on Saturday.

Crimean parliament votes to join Russia

MPs in the autonomous region of Crimea have voted to leave the Ukraine and to join the Russian Federation, with a public referendum on the issue scheduled for 16 March.  Crimea's deputy Prime Minister Rustam Temurgaliyev said that the decree was effective immediately and that Russian soldiers are the only legitimate forces in Crimea, while Ukraine's interim PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk said the move had no legal grounds.

Russia orders Ukrainian navy to surrender

Russia has ordered the Ukrainian naval forces in Crimea to surrender by 0300 GMT on Tuesday or face a military assault, according to a commander in Ukraine's navy.  Russia has denied the claims, while the country's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has refused international calls for the Russian army to pull out of their bases in Crimea.

Ukraine's army put on full combat alert over Russian "invasion"

Ukraine's new interim government has put its army on full combat alert and called up all its reserves after Russia approved the deployment of more troops across the border.  On Friday Russian soldiers seized control of several installations in the south-eastern region of Crimea, which is home to Russia's Black Sea naval fleet. Ukraine's interim president Arseniy Yatseniuk said "this is actually a declaration of war on my country. We urge President Putin to pull back his troops from this country and honour bilateral agreements."

Russian troops seize two airports in Crimea

Ukraine's new interior minister has accused Russia of carrying out an "armed invasion" in Crimea after unidentified troops seized two airports in the region.  The incident occurred as the country's ousted president, Viktor Yanukovych, appeared on Russian TV to say that he was "not overthrown" and that he was driven out by "young neo-fascist thugs".

Rival protesters rally in divided Crimea

Pro-EU and pro-Russian protesters have held mass rallies in the eastern region of Crimea, leading to clashes with police which left at least one person dead.  More than 10,000 Muslim Crimean Tatars gathered in the regional capital Simferopol on Wednesday in support of Ukraine's interim leaders, while on Thursday a group of armed men seized control of two government buildings in the city and raised Russian flags.

Parliament sacks President Viktor Yanukovych

Ukraine's parliament has voted to dismiss President Viktor Yanukovych, naming its speaker as the interim president.  Oleksandr Turchynov will form a new unity government and lead the country into fresh elections in May.  The parliament also voted to free former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who was jailed two years ago.  According to the health ministry 88 people were killed during clashes between riot police and anti-government protesters last week.

President Yanukovych calls early elections

Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych has agreed to hold presidential elections before the end of the year following all-night crisis talks with the opposition.  During the EU-brokered talks he has also committed to making constitutional changes which will reduce the power of his office and to the creation of a national unity government.  At least 75 people have been killed in two days of violence between protesters and riot police in Kiev's Independence Square.

Truce shattered by further violence in Kiev

At least 23 civilians and two police officers have been killed today after a short-lived truce collapsed amid renewed clashes in Kiev's Independence Square.  Some victims have died of single gunshot wounds, and there is widespread speculation that snipers have been targeting protesters.  Last night a ceasefire was agreed between President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leaders; however both sides have accused each other of ignoring the agreement.

Protest death toll rises to 25

At least 25 people have now been killed in the latest outbreak of civil unrest to hit Ukraine's capital, Kiev.  The violence started on Tuesday morning when police blocked an anti-government march towards parliament, before the security forces stormed barricades setup at the main protest site in Independence Square.  Around 20,000 demonstrators gathered in the square and began throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at the police, who responded with water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets - although some reports suggest live rounds were also used.

Protesters clash with police in Kiev

At least seven people have been killed after anti-government protesters clashed with police in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, in the latest outbreak of civil unrest since demonstrations started last November.  Thousands of people tried to march on the country's parliament before they were blocked by a security cordon, leading to protesters throwing rocks at the riot police, who responded with tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets.

Flight diverted to Turkey after hijack attempt

A flight from the Ukraine has been diverted to Turkey following a reported hijacking attempt.  A Turkish official told Al Jazeera that the Pegasus Airlines plane was being searched at Istanbul airport after a passenger claimed that there was a bomb on board.  According to reports the pilot sent out an alert when a man tried to gain access to the cockpit of the plane, leading the Turkish military to scramble an F-16 military jet.

President accepts PMs resignation

President Viktor Yanukovych has accepted the resignation of the prime minister and his cabinet, a move which has been greeted positively by anti-government protesters in Kiev's Independence Square.  Mykola Azarov was seen as being behind much of the violent crackdown against the protesters; however opposition leaders are still calling for the president to also step down.

Parliament abolishes anti-protest laws

The Ukrainian parliament has voted to annul controversial laws banning protests, less than two weeks after the measures were introduced.  The decision came after Prime Minister Mykola Azarov offered his resignation to President Victor Yanukovych, which under the Ukrainian constitution would result in the resignation of the entire cabinet.

Opposition rejects government deal

Ukraine's opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk has rejected President Viktor Yanukovych's offer to appoint him as the country's PM.  In a speech on Sunday Mr Yatsenyuk said "the country is on the verge of bankruptcy. They've robbed the country in the past three and a half years to the extent that the treasury is empty. The country has been driven by them into total chaos."  Further demonstrations have been held in the country as thousands mourned a protester who was killed in clashes with police last week.

Three killed in third night of clashes

Three people have been killed in a third night of clashes between protesters and riot police in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.  The violence erupted when the security forces attempted to break up a protest camp on Hrushevskyy Street, near the site of the main protest at Independence Square.  Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said that the protesters "are criminals who must answer for their actions".

Clashes continue between protesters and police in Kiev

Anti-government protesters have clashed with riot police for a second consecutive night, leaving more than 100 protesters and 100 officers wounded.  One man lost a hand when he tried to throw a sound grenade, while other protesters threw petrol bombs at police and set fire to vehicles.  The police responded by violently beating any of the protesters they captured.

Thousands gather in Kiev despite anti-protest laws

Around 100,000 people have gathered in Ukraine's capital, Kiev, if defiance of new laws aimed at curbing protests in the country.  President Viktor Yanukovych signed the bills last week which ban the installation of tents or stages and permits police to arrest anyone wearing masks or helmets.  Many of the protesters wore pots and colanders on their heads in a move to deride the new legislation.

Ex-minister wounded in Kiev clashes

Ten people have been wounded during clashes between protesters and riot police in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.  Former interior minister Yuri Lutsenko, who served under jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, was among the wounded.

Ukrainian journalist brutally attacked near Kiev

A prominent journalist and opposition activist has been brutally attacked by a group of unknown men near Kiev.  Tetyana Chornovol was driving when her car was rammed on a road outside the city around midnight.  She was dragged from the vehicle, severely beaten and left in a nearby ditch.  Ms Chornovol has investigated several of the country's leading politicians, accusing them of corruption and greed.

Ukraine and Russia sign $15bn bond deal

Russia has agreed to buy $15bn of Ukrainian government bonds, a move intended to ease Ukraine's growing economic crisis and help it avoid default.  Russia also agreed to reduce the cost of gas from $400 per 1,000 cubic metres down to $268.5 during the talks at the Kremlin in Moscow.  The Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the deal "is not tied to any conditions" and claimed that the he had not discussed Ukraine's accession to a customs union with his counterpart, President Viktor Yanukovich.  There have been mass anti-government protests in the Ukraine in recent weeks over the government's decision to stall on a trade deal with the EU.

Protesters hold huge rally in Kiev's Independence Square

Around 200,000 people gathered in Kiev's Independence Square on Sunday in the latest protest against the suspension of trade negotiations with the EU.  President Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign a landmark agreement under alleged pressure from Russian President Vladimir Putin.  US Republican Senator John McCain addressed the huge crowds saying "people of Ukraine, this is your moment. The free world is with you, America is with you, I am with you."

Riot police retreat after Independence Square clashes

Riot police have retreated from Kiev's Independence Square after failing to dislodge a group of protesters from the city hall building, which they have occupied for several weeks.  Clashes erupted on Tuesday evening when the police tried to remove barricades and tents from the protesters camp, who responded by hosing the police with water.  The country's interior minister said that there would be "no storming of the square" as he attempted to defuse the situation.

500,000 join mass anti-government protest in Kiev

More than 500,000 people are reported to have gathered in the centre of Ukraine's capital, Kiev, to join the latest in a series of anti-government protests.  The rally comes a day after the country's president, Viktor Yanukovych, met his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, who recently urged Ukraine to reject a landmark pact with the European Union in favour of a Russian customs union.

100,000 defy protest ban in Kiev

More than 100,000 people have gathered in Kiev's Independence Square in the latest protest against the government's refusal to sign a deal with the European Union.  A group of demonstrators used a tractor in an attempt to break through a line of riot police near the president's office, while another group stormed the city council offices.  It is the largest opposition rally in the country since the Orange Revolution nine years ago.

Riot police clash with pro-EU protester

Ukrainian riot police have clashed with protesters in the capital, Kiev, over the government's decision to delay a landmark agreement with the European Union.  More that 100,000 people joined the mass rally in the centre of the city on Sunday, while a pro-government rally elsewhere in the city attracted some 10,000 supporters.

Opposition holds demonstrations over EU deal breakdown

Hundreds of demonstrators have gathered in central Kiev to protest against the government's decision to pull out of a trade and association agreement at a summit with the European Union (EU) next week.  The EU and internal opposition groups have accused Russia of 'blackmailing' the Ukraine into pulling out of the deal.

Thousands gather for opposition rally in Kiev

Around 7,000 opposition supporters have gathered in Ukraine's capital, Kiev, to protest against the government.  The rally coincided with the release from prison of ex-interior minister Yuriy Lutsenko, a close ally of jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Attacks repelled in Kharkiv

Military attacks by Russian troops have been repelled in Kharkiv. Reports indicate Ukrainian forces have fought off a Russian attack and issued a shelling alert. Citizens have been warned not to move around the city.

Ukraine Data Sheet

Population:
44.8 million
Major Religion/s:
Christianity
International dialing code:
+380
International dialing prefix:
810
Emergency services:
112
Drives:
Right
Voltage:
220V
Climate:
Temperate
Ohter Major Cities:
Kharkiv, Odessa, Donetsk, Lviv
Borders:
Belarus, Russia, Moldova, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland