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# Kyiv

This month
March 2023
Poland to become first Nato member to send fighter jets to Ukraine
Ukraine has repeatedly asked its Western allies to send warplanes but so far no countries had committed to give jets to Kyiv.
# Refugees
'I cried with my daughter': Ukrainians given four days to leave Dublin hotel and find new school
Two sisters with five, eight, and sixteen year old children are being moved across Dublin after living in a hotel for the last year.
# Ukraine
Nine people killed as Russia pounds Ukraine with massive barrage of missiles
The strikes cut off electricity supplies to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.
A total of 81 missiles were launched, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
40% of the population had been left without power for several hours.
Tom Clonan: At a horrendous human cost, Putin is throwing the 'kitchen sink' at Bakhmut
# Ukraine
Ukraine moves to fortify embattled frontline city of Bakhmut as Russia closes in
Moscow has been trying to capture the eastern city for months, though analysts say it has little strategic value.
# Ukraine
Ukraine says Russia is pursuing 'attempts to encircle' heavily contested city of Bakhmut
Bakhmut has been mostly reduced to rubble during the longest and bloodiest battle of the invasion.
Last month
February 2023
# Warsaw
'Kyiv stands strong': Biden addresses crowds in Poland ahead of first anniversary of Ukraine invasion
Biden told crowds in Warsaw that US support for Ukraine ‘will not waver’.
Tom Clonan: 'Putin's aggression is going nowhere as this war reaches its first anniversary'
The security analyst says Putin’s back is to the wall and the global community must redouble efforts to bring an end to this war.
# Ukraine
Kyiv says it shot down Russian balloons as Zelenskyy says troops 'firmly holding' Bakhmut
The Ukrainian president said the situation in the eastern town was the “most difficult” on the frontline.
# Ukraine
UN chief says prospects for peace in Ukraine 'keep diminishing' as anniversary nears
It comes after Ukrainian officials said Russian forces are preparing for a large-scale offensive in the coming weeks.
# Summit
EU prepares more Russia sanctions as Kremlin readies offensive
Top EU officials met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv today.
# Ukraine
Ukraine to push for European Union membership at summit in Kyiv
Ukraine gained EU candidate status in June last year, several months after Vladimir Putin sent Russian troops rolling across the border.
January 2023
# Ukraine War
US along with Germany and Norway announce tanks for Ukraine as battle intensifies
Norway has also promised tanks.
President Biden confirmed the news this evening.
Germany said it will also provide a company of 14 Leopard 2 A6 tanks from the Bundeswehr stocks
Norway confirmed it is also sending tanks
The powerful tanks are seen as key to punching through enemy lines
# Ukraine
Zelenskyy reveals 'several theories' are being investigated over helicopter crash near Kyiv
The crash, which killed 14 people including Ukraine’s interior minister, was not blamed on Russia.
# Ukraine
Strikes reported in east Ukraine despite Putin's ceasefire order for next two days
The 36-hour ceasefire was ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday to coincide with the Russian Orthodox Christmas.
# Kyiv
Russia says more than 60 soldiers killed in Ukrainian strike
However, Kyiv said that nearly 400 Russian troops were killed in Makiivka.
# Ukraine
Russia's New Year raids on Ukraine kill four and wound dozens
The head of the Kyiv police posted a picture of wreckage of a downed drone that featured the words “Happy New Year” in Russian.
Last year
# Ukraine
One person killed in Kyiv following Russian strikes on several regions, Ukraine officials say
AFP journalists in Kyiv heard at least 10 explosions in the early afternoon.
# Ukraine
Ukraine hit by 'massive' Russian missile attacks across several regions
Blasts were heard across the country including in Kyiv, Kharkiv in the east and the city of Lviv on the border with Poland.
Presidential aide Mykhaylo Podolyak said that more than 120 missiles had been fired by Russia.
Kyiv authorities have said that air defences downed all 16 missiles that targeted the Ukrainian capital.
Close to half of the capital city is without power following the strikes.
14-year-old girl among injured after shelling of Kherson village as Russia continues attacks
# Belarus
Putin lands in Belarus for talks with Lukashenko following heavy drone attack on Kyiv
The attack follows one of Russia’s biggest assaults on the city since the start of the war.
# Ukraine
Ukraine working to restore power after Russian missiles batter grid
The volley of missiles pitched multiple cities into darkness, cutting water and heat and forcing people to endure below-freezing temperatures.
# Kyiv
Zelenskyy says Ukraine shot down 'all' Russian drones in latest attack on Kyiv
City officials said debris from the downed drones damaged a number of buildings, but no one was reported injured or killed.
# Ukraine
Uneasy calm grips Ukraine as West prepares winter aid
The head of Nato has said Russian President Vladimir Putin is attempting to weaponise the coming cold season.
# Ukraine
Russian shelling kills 15 in Kherson as Ukraine battles to restore power
A barrage of missiles hit residential and commercial buildings, setting some ablaze.
# Kyiv
British Prime Minister Sunak meets Zelenskyy during first visit to Ukraine
Sunak’s arrival was accompanied by the announcement of a £50 million package of defence aid comprising 125 anti-aircraft guns and technology.
# Ukraine War
Fresh air raid alerts sound across Ukraine day after massive strikes but power is being restored
Fresh air raid alerts were sounding again across the country, raising concerns over new attacks.
Tom Clonan: Losing Kherson is a huge blow for Russia that will embolden the Ukrainian army
The security analyst looks at the recent gains for Ukraine and says it must now capitalise on this and win back more territory.
# Banksy
Banksy reveals artwork on side of damaged building in Ukraine
The anonymous graffiti artist has posted a photo of a mural he has created in the town of Borodyanka.
# counter-offensive
Kyiv prepares for harsh winter as Ukrainian soldiers reach recaptured border
‘If we’d had the weapons we do now in March, I’d already be on the Red Square’ in Moscow, a commander said.
# Ukraine
Water, power supplies restored in Kyiv after missile strikes
The Ukrainian military said Russia had launched 55 cruise missiles and dozens of other munitions yesterday.
# Ukraine
'Massive attack' by Russia on Ukraine energy facilities, says Kyiv
At least five explosions were heard in the Ukrainian capital at 8am.
Ukrainian forces pile pressure on Russian-held Kherson as full-scale attack grows closer
The counter-attack comes as thousands of Russian draftees have poured into the region
# Ukraine
Kyiv says Russian strikes leave over 1,100 Ukraine towns without power
Ukraine has also warned of an emerging “critical” risk to its power grid.
# Ukraine War
Hundreds of Ukrainian towns without power after 'kamikaze drones' strike Kyiv
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has labelled the drone strikes “state sponsored terrorism”.
# Ukraine
Putin vows more 'severe' attacks after Russian missiles batter Ukraine
The biggest wave of strikes across Ukraine in months killed at least 11 people.
Tom Clonan: There is now little chance of a Russian breakthrough in Ukraine
The security analyst says Putin’s tactics are failing and the international community must work hard to bring a peaceful end to the conflict.
# Kyiv
Fears of Russian escalation in Ukraine as world leaders address Crimea summit
The Taoiseach said today he is “gravely concerned” about Russian military activity around the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia.
# Ukraine
Irish embassy reopens in Kyiv after working remotely for six months of war
The embassy, which only opened for the first time in 2021, will be functioning with “very limited capacity”.
Tom Clonan: Only Putin knows how far he is willing to go to win his futile war in Ukraine
The security analyst assesses Putin’s use of nuclear power as a weapon of war.
# Ukraine
Five dead, 25 wounded in Russian strikes on central Ukraine
The strikes hit two hangars shortly after midday local time.
# Solidarity
Taoiseach holds meeting with Zelenskyy after visiting devastated towns around Kyiv on Ukraine trip
Micheál Martin travelled to the Ukrainian capital to witness sites that have been devastated by the Russian army.
The Taoiseach arrived in Kyiv this morning on a visit to discuss how Ireland and the EU can support Ukraine.
He has visited the town of Borodyanka in the Kyiv province, which Russia heavily hit in the early weeks of its invasion.
"The people of Ireland stand with Ukraine and its people in the face of Russia’s immoral and unprovoked war of terror," he said.
At least two killed after 'massive' Russian shelling in Ukrainian city of Sloviansk
Nato hails 'historic day' as membership process for Sweden and Finland launched