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# Ukraine War

Last week
28th May 2023 - 3rd June 2023
# War in Ukraine
Russia strikes Kyiv in daylight after series of nighttime barrages
Kyiv has faced nearly nightly aerial attacks this month.
Last month
May 2023
# russian invasion
Russian air attack on Kyiv repelled as missiles were 'intercepted and destroyed'
Ukrainian officials said the attack was launched from the Caspian sea, where Russian bombers are stationed.
# Russia
Russia vows 'extremely' harsh response to incursions from Ukraine after attack on Belgorod
Belgorod governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said that the territory was targeted overnight by numerous drones.
# Russia
Zelenskyy denies confirming Russian forces have taken control of Bakhmut
Zelenskyy also compared the destruction of Bakhmut to Hiroshima as he attended the G7 conference.
# Undersea cables
UK and Norway sign agreement to protect undersea infrastructure
The EU last year said leaks in two major gas pipelines from Russia to Europe had been caused by sabotage but stopped short of explicitly accusing the Kremlin.
# Black sea
Russia agrees two-month extension to deal allowing Ukrainian grain to be exported
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the two sides had agreed to extend the deal.
# Moscow
Ukraine denies it was behind drone attack on Kremlin as Moscow accuses Kyiv of 'assassination attempt'
“We don’t attack Putin or Moscow. We don’t have enough weapons for this,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
Moscow said Putin was not hurt and there were no casualties.
Kyiv insisted it had "nothing to do" with the alleged attack, suggesting it was "staged" by Moscow.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also cast doubt on the veracity of the report.
100,000 Russian soldiers dead or wounded in 5 months in Ukraine, White House estimates
Barry Andrews: For every day of war in Ukraine, 30 days of landmine clearing will be required
April 2023
# Kyiv
At least 19 people killed after Russian strikes hit several Ukrainian cities overnight
Ukraine condemned the strikes and stated that preparations for a highly anticipated offensive against Moscow’s forces were nearly complete.
# Ukraine War
China to send delegation to Ukraine after Xi and Zelenskyy make first phone call since war
Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported that during the call Xi told Zelenskyy “talks and negotiation” were the “only way out” of the war.
# Russia
Moscow court rejects appeal from cafe bombing suspect
The bombing took place in a St Petersburg cafe in April.
# Ukraine War
Putin accused of visiting sites of Russian 'war crimes' in Ukraine
He is said to have met with military commanders in regions annexed by Russia.
# Ukraine
G7 vows 'severe costs' for those helping Russia evade sanctions in war against Ukraine
The ministers also put Beijing on notice over its “militarisation activities” in the South China Sea.
# Ukraine
Nine people, including toddler, killed in Russian strike in eastern Ukraine
Kyiv said seven missiles hit five buildings, five homes, a school and an administrative building in Sloviansk.
# Leaked US documents
Man arrested over leak of highly sensitive Pentagon documents
The investigation has honed in on a young National Guard member as the possible source of the security breach.
# Ukraine
Ukraine launches investigation into unverified video appearing to show soldier being beheaded
The video purportedly shows a Ukrainian prisoner of war being decapitated.
# Ukraine War
Germany to shut its last nuclear power plants this weekend despite energy crisis
The last three reactors were due to be switched off on 31 December last year but that deadline was extended.
# Poland
Zelenskyy meets Polish president in Warsaw on rare state visit
The Ukrainian president and his wife Olena’s visit is meant as a gesture of thanks to Poland for supporting Ukraine’s defence.
# Ukraine War
Russia defends itself from criticism over UN Security Council presidency
The presidency of the Security Council confers certain prerogatives in terms of setting the agenda for the body.
# Russia
Russian military blogger killed in Saint Petersburg explosion during pro-war event
The blast was said to have been ’caused by an improvised explosive device hidden inside a statue given to Tatarsky as a gift’.
# Crimea
Ukraine would dismantle Russian bridge if it retakes Crimea, official says
National security secretary Oleksiy Danilov said Russian citizens would be expelled from the peninsula if Ukrainian forces recapture it.
# Ukraine
Ukraine's foreign minister says Russia UN Security Council presidency a 'slap in the face'
The United States has also criticised Russia’s role and its permanent seat on the Security Council.
March 2023
# Ukraine War
United Nations accuses both Russian and Ukrainian forces of 'summary executions' of prisoners
The head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine said her organisation had recently recorded killings by both sides.
# Ukraine
Zelenskyy pleads for jets and missiles after visit to frontline in Kherson
Zelenskyy said local authorities were restoring electricity in a village in the southern region still partly controlled by Russia.
# Ukraine
Zelenskyy visits frontline near Bakhmut following night of missile and drone attacks
At least one person was killed in Zaporizhzhia while the death toll from a separate drone attack on a school near Kyiv rose to seven.
# War in Ukraine
Russian attacks on Ukraine continue in wake of Putin arrest warrant
The ICC said it was issuing the warrant for Putin’s arrest over the alleged abduction and deportation of thousands of Ukrainian children.
# Ukraine War
ICC issues arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin over alleged war crimes in Ukraine
Putin is allegedly responsible for the war crime of unlawful deportation of children.
# War in Ukraine
UN-backed inquiry accuses Russia of war crimes in Ukraine
The report marked a highly unusual condemnation of a member of the Security Council.
# Ukraine
Ukrainian troops shoot down Russian fighter amid ongoing battle to defend Bakhmut
Both sides claimed successes in what has become the longest-running battle since Russia launched its invasion over a year ago.
# Kramatorsk
Russia forced to 'ration' shells amid ammo shortage as missile hits apartment in eastern Ukraine
Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that six apartment buildings were damaged in the blast and rescue efforts were continuing.
# Ukraine
Fierce fighting rages in long-running battle for control of Bakhmut as Russia claims progress
Analysts are divided over the strategic significance of Bakhmut as a military prize but the city has gained important political stature.
# Ukraine
NATO chief warns Ukrainian city of Bakhmut may fall 'in coming days'
The industrial town in eastern Ukraine has been devastated by the longest battle since Russia’s invasion.
# 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.
February 2023
# Ukraine
EU adopts 10th round of sanctions against Russia as fighting in Ukraine grinds on
The sanctions are aimed at undercutting Russia’s finances and military supplies.
# Ukraine
Zelenskyy says Ukraine 'will prevail' on the eve of invasion anniversary
The country’s military intelligence chief has warned that Russia is planning a missile attack tomorrow to mark the day.
# 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.
# Ukraine
New long-range weapons will not target Russia, says Ukraine defence minister
The United States on Friday announced a new $2.2 billion package of arms and munitions for Ukraine.
# Summit
EU prepares more Russia sanctions as Kremlin readies offensive
Top EU officials met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv today.
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 media
Ukraine's defence ministry denies corruption claims and launches investigation
A news site said that the department had allegedly signed a deal to buy food at inflated prices.