Russia-Ukraine war

Featured content, us and eu strug­gle to agree on fund­ing for ukraine.

Con­cern is grow­ing over Ukraine’s abil­i­ty to con­tin­ue de­fence against Rus­sia should de­lays of West­ern funds per­sist.

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Rus­sia boosts size of armed forces by 170,000 troops

Pres­i­dent Putin’s de­cree takes num­ber of Russ­ian ser­vice per­son­nel to 1.32 mil­lion amid con­tin­u­ing Ukraine war.

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Lula faces nu­mer­ous chal­lenges as Brazil as­sumes G20 pres­i­den­cy

Lula also takes over at a time of bit­ter in­ter­nal di­vi­sions in the group, lega­cy of out­go­ing pres­i­dent Naren­dra Modi.

A close up of Brazilian President Lula da Silva against the Brazilian flag.

Moscow ac­cus­es Russ­ian-Ital­ian na­tion­al of Ukrain­ian-or­dered bomb at­tacks

The FSB said that the sus­pect was trained by spe­cial forces of NATO mem­ber Latvia to bomb a rail­way and mil­i­tary base.

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A hard, bloody win­ter awaits ukrain­ian and russ­ian sol­diers, say ex­perts.

Nei­ther side is ready to give up, and nei­ther can win in the medi­um term, but ne­go­ti­a­tions could come next year.

Ukrainian servicemen stand as they build pontoon bridges during an exercise in Chernihiv region, Ukraine, November 2

Russ­ian air strikes in­jure 10 in Donet­sk, Ukraine says

The strikes come as Rus­sia in­ten­si­fies its at­tacks in the east and claims to cap­ture the con­test­ed vil­lage of Khro­move.

Rescuers work at a site of a residential building heavily damaged by a Russian missile strike

Rus­sia to re­quire for­eign­ers to sign ‘loy­al­ty agree­ment’

Vis­i­tors would be re­quired to re­spect Russ­ian val­ues and laws that en­sure the coun­try’s na­tion­al in­ter­est.

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Ukraine ‘will not back down’ against Rus­sia as it urges West­ern sup­port

‘Ukraine is not go­ing to back down’, of­fi­cial says as Kyiv seeks to keep Rus­sia con­flict on agen­da amid Is­rael-Gaza war.

Dmytro Kuleba (C) and Nato Secretary general Jens Stoltenberg

Rus­sia un­leash­es as­sault waves on Ukraine’s Avdi­iv­ka, refugees on Nordics

Rus­sia is los­ing man­pow­er at pace, says Ukraine, whose army has been most­ly on the de­fen­sive in re­cent days.

FILE PHOTO: A woman walks past an advertising poster depicting a Ukrainian serviceman during a snowfall in Kyiv, Ukraine November 27, 2023. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich/File Photo

Rus­sia-Ukraine war up­dates: Kyiv vows it ‘won’t back down’

Here are all the de­vel­op­ments in the Rus­sia-Ukraine war from Wednes­day No­vem­ber 29, 2023.

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Ukraine says wife of mil­i­tary spy chief was poi­soned

Ukrain­ian of­fi­cials say Mar­i­an­na Bu­dano­va, wife of Kyry­lo Bu­danov, has been hos­pi­talised due to heavy met­als poi­son­ing.

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Baltic for­eign min­is­ters pull out of OSCE sum­mit over Rus­sia in­vite

Min­is­ters of Es­to­nia, Latvia, and Lithua­nia say pres­ence of Sergey Lavrov risks le­git­imis­ing Russ­ian war in Ukraine.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a press conference after addressing the 78th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York City

NATO chief urges al­lies to ‘stay the course’ in sup­port­ing Ukraine

Jens Stoltenberg meets al­liance’s top diplo­mats amid some re­sis­tance in US, Eu­rope to keep fund­ing war against Rus­sia.

Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg arrives to give a statement ahead of a Nato Foreign ministers meeting at the organisation's headquarters in Brussels, on November 28, 2023. (Photo by SIMON WOHLFAHRT / AFP)

Ukraine storm death toll ris­es to 10, thou­sands res­cued in the south

Wors­en­ing weath­er in Ode­sa, Kharkiv, Myko­laiv and Kyiv puts pres­sure on emer­gency ser­vices, al­ready stretched by war.

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Russia-Ukraine war

In this photo released by Xinhua News, Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, shakes hands with visiting Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko prior the bilateral meeting in Beijing, Monday, Dec. 4, 2023. Chinese leader Xi Jinping spoke of a "strengthened political mutual trust and international coordination" with Belarus after he met with the European country's president in Beijing, according to official media. (Huang Jingwen/Xinhua via AP)

China’s Xi welcomes President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus to Beijing

FILE - A man uses plastic to cover a broken window in his apartment following a Russian drone attack in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023. On Monday, Dec. 4, the Biden Administration sent Congress an urgent warning about the need to approve tens of billions of dollars in military and economic assistance to Ukraine, saying that Kyiv's war effort to defend itself from Russia's invasion may grind to a halt without it. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

The US is out of money for Ukraine, which could hinder the fight against Russia, White House warns

Maxim Timchenko, CEO DTEK, from left, Kadri Simson, European commissioner for energy, Morten Dyrholm, of company Vestas, pose for a photo at the Ukraine Pavilion at the COP28 U.N. Climate Summit, Monday, Dec. 4, 2023, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Ukrainian diplomats negotiate both climate change and Russia’s war on their nation at COP28 in Dubai

FILE - A Ukrainian serviceman fires an NLAW anti-tank weapon during an exercise in the Joint Forces Operation, in the Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Feb. 15, 2022. An independent watchdog says many Western arms companies failed to ramp up production in 2022 despite a strong increase in demand for weapons and military equipment. Labor shortages, soaring costs and supply chain disruptions were exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, or SIPRI. It said the arms revenue of the world’s 100 largest arms-producing and military services companies last year was $597 billion — a 3.5% drop from 2021. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)

Watchdog: Western arms companies failed to ramp up production capacity in 2022 due to Ukraine war

FILE - A Ukrainian soldier sits in his position in Avdiivka, Donetsk region, Ukraine, on Aug. 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Libkos, File)

Kyiv investigates allegations Russian forces shot surrendering Ukrainian soldiers

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin makes remarks at a virtual Ukraine Defense Contact Group (UDCG) meeting, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023, at the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Defense head calls out those who advocate isolationism and ‘an American retreat from responsibility’

FILE - Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks to reporters in Warsaw, Poland, on Sunday Jan. 16, 2021. Former President Petro Poroshenko has been denied permission to leave Ukraine due to a planned meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Ukraine’s security service said Saturday. Dec. 2, 2023. (AP Photo/Piotr Molecki, File)

Ex-president barred from leaving Ukraine amid alleged plan to meet with Hungary’s Viktor Orban

In this photo provided by the Ihor Moroz, Head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration, rescuers work at the scene of a building damaged by shelling, in Novogrodivka, Ukraine, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023. (Ihor Moroz, Head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration via AP)

Ukrainian spy agency stages train explosions on a Russian railroad in Siberia, Ukrainian media say

Russian Kamila Valieva looks at spectators prior to compete in the women's free skate program during the figure skating competition at the 2023 Russian Figure Skating Grand Prix, the Golden Skate of Moscow, at Megasport Arena in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023. With its teams suspended from international competitions such as the Grand Prix series, Russia is holding its own series of figure skating events in various cities, also under the Grand Prix name. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Ruling in Russian Olympic figure skater Kamila Valieva’s doping case could be delayed to February

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, front, attends the plenary session of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) Ministerial Council meeting, in Skopje, North Macedonia, on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

Russia’s foreign minister faces Western critics at security meeting and walks out after speech

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Emergency Service, rescuers work at the scene of a building damaged by shelling, in Novogrodivka, Ukraine, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023. (Ukrainian Emergency Service via AP)

Russian missile strikes in eastern Ukraine rip through buildings, kill 2 and bury families in rubble

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, front center right, and North Macedonia Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani, front center left, pose for a group photo with foreign ministers and officials during an Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) meeting in Skopje, North Macedonia, Wednesday Nov. 29, 2023. (Saul Loeb/Pool via AP)

Top diplomats arrive in North Macedonia for security meeting as some boycott Russia’s participation

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, right, speaks during an interview at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023. NATO allies are showing no sign of war fatigue and remain committed to helping Ukraine not only defend itself against Russia but to take back occupied territory, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dymtro Kuleba told The Associated Press on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Ukraine insists it sees no sign of NATO war fatigue even as fighting and weapons supplies stall

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to VTB Bank Chairman Andrei Kostin during their meeting in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Nov. 27, 2023. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin accuses the West of trying to ‘dismember and plunder’ Russia in a ranting speech

FILE - Maj. Gen. Kyrylo Budanov, Ukraine's military intelligence chief, center, attends a commemorative event on the occasion of the Russia Ukraine war one year anniversary in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Feb. 24, 2023. The wife of Ukraine’s intelligence chief has been diagnosed with heavy metals poisoning and is undergoing treatment in a hospital, a spokesperson for the agency said Tuesday Nov. 28, 2023. Marianna Budanova is the wife of Kyrylo Budanov, the head of Ukraine’s military intelligence agency known by its local acronym GUR. Her poisoning was confirmed to The Associated Press by Andrii Yusov, the agency's spokesman. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP, File)

Ukraine says spy chief’s wife is being treated for poisoning with heavy metals

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Emergency Service, Ukrainian Emergency workers try to push a car trapped in snow on the Odesa region highway, Ukraine, Monday, Nov. 27, 2023. Heavy snowfalls and storm has hit Ukraine on Monday leaving more than 2,000 towns and villages in war-torn country without power. (Ukrainian Emergency Service via AP Photo)

Tornadoes forecast in the Black Sea region as storm reportedly impacts Russian military operations

In this photo released by The State Duma, Leonid Slutsky, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) addesses a session at the State Duma, the Lower House of the Russian Parliament in Moscow, Russia, on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023. The lower house of Russia's parliament, the State Duma, has passed a record federal budget which aims to increase spending by around 25% in 2024, with record amounts going to defense. (The State Duma, the Lower House of the Russian Parliament via AP)

Putin signs Russia’s largest national budget, bolstering military spending

FILE - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks during a joint press conference with Venezuela's Foreign Minister Yvan Gil Pinto in Moscow, Russia, on Nov. 16, 2023. Lavrov says he plans to travel to NATO member North Macedonia later this week to attend a conference of a top trans-Atlantic security and rights group, a trip that would mark his first visit to a NATO country since Moscow sent troops to Ukraine. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool, File)

Russian FM says he plans to attend OSCE meeting in North Macedonia

The Evpatoria - Saki highway is covered with water after a storm in Crimea, Monday, Nov. 27, 2023. A storm in the Black Sea took down power grids and left almost half a million people without power after it flooded roads, ripped up trees and damaged buildings in Crimea, Russian state news agency Tass said. (AP Photo)

Powerful storm pounds the Black Sea region, leaving more than a half-million people without power

An overhead view of silos at a grain handling and storage facility in central Ukraine, Friday, Nov. 10, 2023. In recent months, an increasing amount of grain has been unloaded from overcrowded silos and is heading to ports on the Black Sea, set to traverse a fledgling shipping corridor launched after Russia pulled out of a U.N.-brokered agreement this summer that allowed food to flow safely from Ukraine during the war. (AP Photo/Hanna Arhirova)

Ukraine has a new way to get its grain to the world despite Russia’s threat in the Black Sea

People walk and take photos on a street closed for cars at dusk in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Russia says it downed dozens of Ukrainian drones headed for Moscow, following a mass strike on Kyiv

(AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin)

Intercepted calls from the front lines in Ukraine show a growing number of Russian soldiers want out

A damaged kindergarten following a Russian drone attack in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023. Russia launched its most intense drone attack on Ukraine since the beginning of its full-scale invasion on Saturday morning, military officials said. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Ukraine’s military says Russia launched its largest drone attack since the start of the invasion

Czech Republic's Prime Minister Petr Fiala welcomes his Slovakia counterpart Robert Fico, right, to Prague, Czech Republic, Friday, Nov. 24, 2023. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Slovak leader calls the war between Russia and Ukraine a frozen conflict

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian 10th Mountain Assault Brigade "Edelweiss", Ukrainian soldiers pass by a volunteer bus burning after a Russian drone hit it near Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2023. (Shandyba Mykyta, Ukrainian 10th Mountain Assault Brigade "Edelweiss" via AP)

Ukraine aims a major drone attack at Crimea as Russia tries to capture a destroyed eastern city

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, shakes hands with French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Friday, Nov. 24, 2023. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

French foreign minister says China’s cooperation is vital in ending Russia-Ukraine war

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers his speech after he was re-elected as party president at the election of officials congress of the ruling Hungarian Fidesz party in Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023. (Szilard Koszticsak/MTI via AP)

Hungary set to receive millions in EU money despite Orban’s threats to veto Ukraine aid

An aerial view of the multiple craters left by shelling in a field on the frontline close to Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Alex Babenko)

Ukraine says 3 civilians were killed in a daylight Russian cluster bomb attack

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Monday, Nov. 20, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The White House is concerned Iran may provide ballistic missiles to Russia for use against Ukraine

Leader of the Polish Civic Coalition Donald Tusk, left, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen walk off the podium after addressing a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Poland set to get more than 5 billion euros in EU money after commission approves recovery plan

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, second right, and Germany's Defense Minister Boris Pistorius talk during their meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

Germany’s defense minister unveils more help for Ukraine’s fight against Russia’s invasion

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2014, file photo Pro-European Union activists hold lights as they sing the Ukrainian national anthem, celebrating the New Year in Kyiv's main square. At least 100,000 Ukrainians gathered in a sign of support for integration with Europe. On Nov. 21, 2023, Ukraine marks the 10th anniversary of the uprising that eventually led to the ouster of the country’s Moscow-friendly president. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, file)

10 years later, a war-weary Ukraine reflects on events that began its collision course with Russia

Italy players celebrate their qualifying after the Euro 2024 group C qualifying soccer match between Ukraine and Italy at the BayArena in Leverkusen, Germany, Monday, Nov. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Defending champ Italy qualifies for Euro 2024 after tense draw with Ukraine

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, Nov. 20, 2023. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

US Defense Secretary Austin meets with Zelenskyy in Kyiv to show steadfast support for Ukraine

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian teenager Bohdan Yermokhin, right, holds the Ukraine flag on the Ukraine-Belarus border in Ukraine, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023. The orphaned Ukrainian teenager was taken to Russia last year during the war in his country and has now returned home after being reunited with relatives in Belarus on his 18th birthday Sunday. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

An orphaned teenager who was taken to Russia early in the Ukraine war is back home with relatives

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Ukraine war latest: Ukrainians 'losing trust' in Volodymyr Zelenskyy; Vladimir Putin to make rare trip abroad

Volodymyr Zelenskyy is "paying for mistakes he has made", the mayor of Kyiv has said. Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin will visit the United Arab Emirates this week. Ask our military analysts a question using the form below.

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Over the coming weeks we're reviving our series in which Sky News military analysts and correspondents answer your questions about the war.

Among those on hand to answer are defence specialists  Michael Clarke  and  Sean Bell , who can inform on the military operations on the ground, and Moscow correspondent Diana Magnay , who offers insight from inside Russia.

Use the form above to submit a question.

A nuclear waste site in the UK was hacked into by cyber groups linked to Russia and China, The Guardian reports.

An investigation by the paper found the IT systems at Sellafield in Cumbria were compromised by the cyber groups, with sources suggesting it was likely they accessed high level confidential material at the site.

It is unclear when the systems were hacked but sources said breaches were first detected in 2015.

"Sources suggest it is likely foreign hackers have accessed the highest echelons of confidential material at the site," the newspaper said.

What do we know about the site?

The Magnox Swarf Storage Silo at Sellafield has been described as the most hazardous building in western Europe.

It was built in the late 1950s to receive waste from the UK's growing fleet of nuclear reactors.

For decades the waste has been dissolving into an intensely radioactive sludge releasing hydrogen gas into the air above it - a potentially explosive mix that has to be constantly ventilated.

The Hungarian prime minister has demanded that Ukraine's membership in the EU and billions of euros in funding meant for the country be taken off the agenda at a summit of the bloc's leaders next week.

In a letter to European Council president Charles Michel, who will chair the 14-15 December summit in Brussels, Viktor Orban insists a "strategic discussion" is needed first about Ukraine's European future and warns that forcing a decision could destroy EU unity.

Decisions on the EU's enlargement and a review of its long-term budget, which includes £42.8bn in aid for Kyiv, can only be taken unanimously by all 27 member countries.

"I respectfully urge you not to invite the European Council to decide on these matters in December as the obvious lack of consensus would inevitably lead to failure," Mr Orban wrote in the letter, dated 4 December and seen by the Associated Press.

EU leaders, he writes, "must avoid this counterproductive scenario for the sake of unity, our most important asset".

He does not explicitly say that Hungary would veto any moves to open membership talks with Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin has today been touring an exhibition of Russian achievements.

The Russian leader was given an explanation of a Soviet nuclear bomb design and shown a mock control panel for launching a nuclear test, before observing images of a blast and mushroom cloud through a viewing window.

Since the start of the Ukraine war, Mr Putin has frequently reminded the West of the size and capabilities of Russia's nuclear arsenal.

He has deployed tactical nuclear missiles in Belarus and shifted Russia's stance on two major arms treaties, while insisting that Moscow is not recklessly "brandishing" atomic weapons or changing its doctrine on their use.

Mr Putin is expected this month to confirm that he will run for another six-year term in March.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy is "paying for mistakes he has made" and the Ukrainian people are wondering why the country was not better prepared, the mayor of Kyiv has said in interviews with various news outlets.

Vitali Klitschko said Ukrainians were losing trust in the wartime leader's handling of the crisis. 

"People wonder why we weren't better prepared for this war, why Zelenskyy denied until the end that it would come to this," Mr Klitschko told the Swiss media outlet 20 Minuten .

"People see who's effective and who’s not. And there were and still are a lot of expectations. Zelenskyy is paying for mistakes he has made."

Asked what mistakes Mr Zelenskyy had made, the mayor said: "People wonder why we weren't better prepared for this war.

"Or why it was possible that the Russians were able to reach Kyiv so quickly.

"There was too much information that didn't match reality. But still, the president has an important function today and we must support him until the end of the war.

"But at the end of this war, every politician will pay for his successes or failures."

The former boxing champion also claimed the Ukrainian leader had authoritarian tendencies.

He told the German news magazine  Der Spiegel , in a separate interview: "At some point we will no longer be any different from Russia, where everything depends on the whim of one man."

The comments come as Ukraine presses on with its counteroffensive, which has made small gains but is not moving at the speed they had hoped.

Vladimir Putin will visit the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia this week, according to the Russian news outlet Shot reports, which cited the president's aide Yury Ushakov.

The visit comes after the OPEC+ group of oil producers, which includes all three countries, agreed last Thursday to voluntary output cuts totalling about 2.2 million barrels a day.

Mr Putin has rarely travelled abroad in recent years, and mostly to states of the former Soviet Union. 

His last trip beyond those countries was to China in October.

Diplomatic envoys of the EU's 27 member countries will meet tomorrow to start debating a sensitive proposal to launch membership talks with Ukraine, officials and diplomats have said.

The meeting marks the start of preparations among the 27 for a December summit of the bloc's leaders that is due to assess and decide on EU integration prospects for Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Bosnia and others.

Specifically, the Tuesday meeting will start debating a draft agreement of the leaders' summit. 

EU diplomats and officials said the first draft prepared for discussion was bound to change.

The initial draft reads: "The European Council decides to open accession negotiations with Ukraine and with Moldova."

For Georgia, it said the country would get EU candidate status "on the understanding" that Tbilisi implements outstanding conditions.

For Bosnia, the initial draft stated the bloc was "ready to open EU accession negotiations... once the necessary degree of compliance with the membership criteria is achieved".

Ukrainian operatives used two drones to destroy Russian ammunition and equipment depots near the occupied city of Svatove in the eastern Luhansk region, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has said.

In a statement on Facebook the SBU said it gathered intelligence about the depots' locations and carried out overnight strikes.

"We continue to work until complete victory," they added.

What do we know about Svatove?

The Russians are trying to dig in at Svatove, east of the Oskil River.

The region is important to them because Svatove controls the last good supply route from Belgorod in Russia to their forces further south.

The first 30 empty lorries have driven through a newly opened Uhryniv-Dolhobychuv crossing on the Ukrainian-Polish border, which Kyiv hopes will offer relief as Polish driver protests have blocked other land corridors.

Ukraine's border service said today four border crossings were now under blockade by Polish hauliers, whose protests have paralysed traffic for weeks.

Polish hauliers' main demand is to stop Ukrainian truckers having permit-free access to the EU, something that Kyiv and Brussels say is impossible.

For context : Polish drivers have been blocking several border crossings to Ukraine for nearly a month in protest.

Drivers from Poland and Slovakia both complain that their Ukrainian peers offer cheaper prices for their services and also transport goods within the EU, rather than just between the bloc and Ukraine.

They demand the EU reinstate a system of granting a limited number of permits to Ukrainian companies to operate in the bloc and for European truckers to enter Ukraine.

We reported earlier that Kyiv officials had accused Russia of a war crime after footage emerged on social media appearing to show two uniformed Ukrainian soldiers being shot while surrendering (see post at 8.07am).

Now, Oleksandr Shtupun, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian military grouping that is fighting near the eastern town of Avdiivka, has said the "group of Russian occupiers who committed this crime ceased to exist".

The Ukrainska Pravda reports that he made the comments on air during a news broadcast.

He added that criminal proceedings have been initiated and the investigation is ongoing.

"Then these materials will be handed over to international institutions dealing with war crimes," he added.

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The International Atomic Energy Agency said the plant's operations were unaffected.

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Russia's defence ministry has taken over from Wagner in recruiting inmates to fight in Ukraine.

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Just over 1,000 civilians remain in Avdiivka, focus of a bloody Russian assault in eastern Ukraine.

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Ukraine appears to be expanding its forces on the Russian-occupied left or eastern bank of the river.

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Rebuilding shattered lives after Ukraine’s dam collapse

Despite water shortages, losing loved ones, homes and crops, people affected by the collapse of Ukraine's Kakhovka dam are determined to rebuild.

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Volunteers wrap 7,200 gifts for Ukrainian children

Children in schools, hospitals and orphanages will receive the gifts in the lead up to Christmas.

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'He died protecting people who needed protecting'

Former British Army sniper Christopher Perryman was killed while fighting in Ukraine.


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The southern port city of Mykolaiv was chosen to replace Rostov-On-Don in Russia as a twin city.

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