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# Ukraine War

Last week
12th March 2023 - 18th March 2023
# 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.
This month
March 2023
# 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.
Last month
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.
# Ukraine
Zelenskyy expects 'strong decisions' on arms supplies at meeting of allies in Germany
Ukraine has called on Western allies to provide heavier weapons to step up the fight against Russia.
# Russia
Russia says it controls battered Ukraine town of Soledar
The Kremlin has made capturing industrial Donetsk region, where the small town is located, its primary objective.
# Ukraine
Ukraine denies Russian claim it killed 600 soldiers in missile strikes
Russia said the alleged barracks strike was retaliation for a similar Ukrainian hit.
Last year
# Christmas Message
Pope Francis calls for an end to 'senseless' war in Ukraine in Christmas message
The pope made the address from the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.
# ukrainians in ireland
Plan to move Ukrainians living in Dundalk hotel scrapped
The group of around 50 people were told on Friday that they would be transferred from the Crowne Plaza Hotel to several other areas.
# ukrainian refugees
50 Ukrainians in Dundalk given 48 hours' notice of transfer across the country
The group of around 50 people are being moved to various locations, including Kerry and Limerick.
# Ukraine War
Putin refuses to rule out use of nuclear weapons
The Russian president said Moscow would not be able to use nuclear weapons at all if it agreed not to use them first and then came under a nuclear strike.
# Ukraine
Zelenskyy visits Donbas near 'difficult' Ukraine front
The focus of fighting in Ukraine has shifted to Donbas since Ukraine recaptured the Kherson region.
# Ukraine War
Brighter prospects ahead as Ukraine fighting running at 'reduced tempo' - US intelligence chief
In his nightly address yesterday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy attacked Western efforts to hit Russia’s crucial oil industry.
# Ukraine War
Kremlin rejects Biden's offer to talk with Putin if he intends to end war in Ukraine
The American leader made such talks conditional on support by Nato allies.
# Ukraine War
'Pro-Kremlin group’ launches cyber attack on EU Parliament website after Russia ‘terrorism’ vote
The move by the European legislators is a symbolic political step with no legal consequences.
# Ukraine War
Zelenskyy says Russia using cold as 'weapon of mass destruction'
Ukraine and the WHO have expressed fears that a lack of heat, power and water due to Russian shelling will make living conditions too difficult this winter.
Authorities have begun evacuating civilians from recently liberated sections of the Kherson and Mykolaiv regions
The World Health Organisation has said millions face a “life-threatening” winter in Ukraine this year
UN atomic watchdog chief denounces 'targeted strikes' on Ukraine nuclear plant
Tom Clonan: Losing Kherson is a huge blow for Russia that will embolden the Ukrainian army
# Ukraine
Ukraine probes videos which Russia claims depict its prisoners being executed
The footage was circulating on Russian social media this week.
# 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.
# kherson
Relief in Ukraine's Kherson after Russian occupation
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told Ukrainians still under occupation: ‘We don’t forget anyone.’
# Ukraine War
Ukraine warns of Russian ‘brutality’ in eastern region
Moscow-backed separatists controlled part of Donetsk for nearly eight years before Russia invaded Ukraine in late February.
# 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.
# Ukraine War
Increase to €400 payment for housing Ukrainians 'on the table' as leaders set to meet Monday
33 Ukrainian refugees were unable to be accommodated last night, with some returning to the airport.
# Ukraine War
'A catastrophe on a grand scale': Ukraine warns Russia is planning to destroy hydro dam
Hundreds of thousands of people around the lower Dnipro River would be in danger of rapid flooding if the dam was destroyed.
# Ukraine War
Putin declares martial law in Ukrainian regions Russia claims to have annexed
The Kremlin has published a decree saying martial law will be introduced from early tomorrow.
# Ukraine
Rod Stewart paying rent and bills for family of seven Ukrainian refugees
The singer said he usually keeps ‘all my charitable efforts nice and quiet,’ but hoped making his actions public might inspire others to help.
# 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”.
# Emmanuel Macron
Taoiseach and 43 other European leaders meet in Prague Castle in face of Russia's war
The inaugural summit of the ‘European Political Community’ is the brainchild of French President Emmanuel Macron.