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# Ukraine

Yesterday
6th February 2023
# 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.
This week
5th February 2023 - 7th February 2023
# 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.
# prosecutor general
Germany says it has 'hundreds' of pieces of evidence of Russian war crimes in Ukraine
In the Kyiv suburb of Bucha alone, hundreds of bodies were discovered after the Russian army was driven out last March.
Last week
29th January 2023 - 4th February 2023
# Simon Harris
Harris says decision-making process for those seeking asylum will be accelerated
People seeking asylum will have decisions on their application made more quickly, the justice minister said.
# Refugees
Minister asks sports bodies to help provide refugee accommodation during 'time of extreme need'
Sports Minister Catherine Martin has written to over 70 sporting bodies and organisations to seek assistance.
# Summit
EU prepares more Russia sanctions as Kremlin readies offensive
Top EU officials met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv today.
# EU Accession
Zelenskyy says Ukraine deserves for EU entry talks to start 'this year'
Kyiv is set to host a high-profile EU-Ukraine summit tomorrow.
# Inflation
AIB due to raise mortgage rates following European Central Bank hike
The bank said that it intended to raise interest rates further in March.
# European Parliament
European Parliament president to address a joint sitting of the Oireachtas this afternoon
It’s expected that H.E. Roberta Metsola will thank Ireland for its response to the war in Ukraine.
# Kramatorsk
At least three people killed after Russia strikes residential building in Ukraine
At least seven people were wounded, according to the regional governor.
# Corruption
Ukraine searches residences of billionaire and ex-minister in clampdown on corruption
The searches have targeted influential billionaire Igor Kolomoisky and former interior minister Arsen Avakov.
# Roderic O'Gorman
Minister: 'No level of consultation' would change views of some on housing asylum seekers
Minister Roderic O’Gorman also expressed concern about the impact of some ‘untrue, online rumours’.
# 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.
# accommodation crisis
Ministers sign off on new €10m International Protection Fund to support community needs
The minister emphasised the need for urgent access to large-scale temporary facilities.
# Paris 2024
Olympic Committee rejects Russian demand that its athletes compete without restrictions
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it considered if Russians could compete as neutral athletes rather than under their national flag.
# Ukraine
Biden rejects calls to supply Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets as Russia claims advances
Ukraine has expanded the list of weaponry it needs to be better able to drive Russian forces from occupied territories.
Ukraine has expanded the list of weaponry it needs to be better able to drive Russian forces from occupied territories.
But US president Joe Biden has appeared to draw the line on supplying American fighter jets to Ukraine.
It comes as a Kremlin-appointed Donetsk leader claimed Russian forces were advancing near a strategically valuable town.
Tom Clonan: How Leopard 2 tanks could give Ukrainian forces a 'dramatic advantage'
# Ukraine
Ukraine government bans senior public servants and lawmakers from travelling abroad
The announcement comes as France, Australia and Norway agree to send weapons to Ukraine.
# missile threats
Johnson says Putin threatened him with missile strike during phonecall before Ukraine invasion
The Kremlin has disputed the claim, saying there was “no threats with missiles” during the conversation.
Last month
January 2023
# Ukraine
Three killed in Russian strike on eastern Ukraine city of Konstantynivka
At least two have been wounded.
# Ukraine
10 civilians killed and 20 others wounded in latest Russian shelling, Ukraine says
The new casualties included the deaths of at least two civilians in the southern city of Kherson.
# Ukraine
Russian missiles kill 11 in Ukraine as Moscow says tank deliveries 'direct involvement' in war
Ukraine’s Western allies, including Germany and the US, yesterday promised to provide Kyiv with modern tanks.
Ukraine earlier said it shot down more than a dozen Russian missiles launched towards Kyiv.
Ukraine's Western allies, including Germany and the US, yesterday promised to provide Kyiv with modern tanks.
The Kremlin said today that the decision by Western countries to supply Ukraine with modern tanks meant that they were party to the conflict.
US along with Germany and Norway announce tanks for Ukraine as battle intensifies
Tom Clonan: How Leopard 2 tanks could give Ukrainian forces a 'dramatic advantage'
# Citywest
24 International Protection applicants left without accommodation since Citywest closure
The International Protection Accommodation Service will continue to provide accommodation for families with children.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you support the US and EU countries sending tanks to Ukraine?
The US and Germany have pledged to to provide Ukraine with modern tanks.
# 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
Voices
Tom Clonan: How Leopard 2 tanks could give Ukrainian forces a 'dramatic advantage'
This is another decisive moment in the war in Ukraine.
# leopard tanks
Germany to provide Ukraine with Leopard tanks after intense pressure - reports
Unnamed government sources told a German news channel that Ukraine would receive 1 tanks.
# Armageddon
Doomsday clock moves to 90 seconds to midnight – the closest in history
The clock, a symbolic timepiece showing how close the world is to ending, has been moved forward by 10 seconds
# Corruption
Senior Ukrainian officials quit amid corruption crackdown
Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office, resigned, along with deputy defence minister Viacheslav Shapovalov.
# NATO
Turkey's Erdogan warns Sweden on Nato membership after Koran burning
Turkey is one of only two Nato members not to have ratified Sweden and Finland’s plan to join the western alliance in to the Ukraine war.
# Russia
Ex-FBI agent charged over ties to Russian oligarch
Charles McGonigal is accused of investigating a rival oligarch in return for secret payments from an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
# Ukraine
EU agrees extra €500 million military aid for Ukraine as Germany under pressure over tanks
Berlin, which needs to grant permission for the tanks to be sent to Ukraine, has come under fire for failing to take the critical decision.
# 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
'It's killing more of our people': Ukraine denounces 'global indecision' on tanks
Zelensky has said there is ‘no alternative’ but for the West to give Ukraine heavy tanks.
THE MORNING LEAD
Homelessness services prepare for potential fallout of Citywest closing to new refugees
A report by
Lauren Boland
The development has raised concerns for the welfare of refugees who arrive into the country.
# Ukraine
Zelenskyy says 'no alternative' but for Western allies to send heavy tanks to Ukraine
Germany has said that no decision has been made on providing the tanks sought by Kyiv at a crucial US-led meeting.
# Dublin
Calls for industrial buildings to be 'utilised' in response to impending Citywest closure
An advisor to the Irish Red Cross said industrial buildings should be utilised until ‘something more sustainable appears’.
# Ukraine
CityWest refugee centre to close to new arrivals 'in a matter of days', says O'Gorman
The UN’s refugee agency warned that ‘urgent intervention’ is needed to prevent large numbers of people becoming homeless here.
# 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.
# 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.
# Transport
Used car prices jump by almost 70% - due to pandemic, Brexit and Ukraine - report says
In particular, used cars in the lower end of the market are becoming less affordable despite being lower in safety standards and higher in emissions.