Members of the Kraken Ukrainian special forces prepare to tow a Russian armoured vehicle in the village of Rus’ka Lozova, outside Kharkiv. Photograph: Finbarr O’Reilly/ The New York Times

Moscow set to turn off gas flow to Finland as Nato bid sours relations

Former British soldier Matthew Robinson oversees training of Ukrainian volunteers in Irpin, outside Kyiv.

Kyiv’s forces still plagued by lack of equipment in war with Russia’s vast military

 Russian tank commander  Vadim Shishimarin (21) during his  court hearing  in Kyiv, Ukraine. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty

First war crimes trial since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine begins as fighting continues in Donbas

Ukrainian sapper Oleksandr Humenchak examines a Russian Uragan rocket containing cluster munitions that landed in fields in Kharkiv.

Sappers have already dealt with 100,000 shells, mines and other explosives left by the war

Wounded Ukrainian servicemen  are  evacuated from the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol. Photograph: Russian Defence Ministry Press Service Handout/ EPA

Moscow suggests steelwork defenders be treated as terrorists and subject to death penalty

The remains of a Russian helicopter lie in a bomb-cratered field to the east of Kharkiv. Photograph: John Moore/Getty

Stubborn defence of Azovstal has helped Ukraine tie up Russian troops in Mariupol

A concert called Music of Resistance in a bunker in Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine

People begin to return to formerly vibrant city disfigured by scarred buildings and shell craters

A Ukrainian serviceman walks past a destroyed Russian tank near Kutuzivka, north of Kharkiv, in east Ukraine, on Sunday. Photograph: Mstyslav Chernov/AP Photo

Zelenskiy urged countries to provide his military with more urgently needed weapons

Lyubov Leus holds a photo of her with her husband, Serhiy, on their wedding day nearly 40 years ago. Serhiy was shot and badly injured by Russian troops outside their house. He and their son Sasha (32) were  shot dead in their car later in the day as they attempted to drive  to a nearby hospital. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Villager tells how her husband and adult son were gunned down as they drove to hospital

Serhiy Pohorelov in Kopyliv outside Kyiv. He who was held captive by Russian troops for 10 days in March after they occupied the village. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Prisoner taken into battle and witnesses looting but lives to tell the tale

Ukrainian servicemen fire shells from a mortar from their position near Kharkiv on May 9th. Photograph: EPA/Stringer

US warns Moscow preparing for ‘prolonged conflict’ with western-allied neighbour

A Soviet-era T-34 tank at the Victory Day military parade on Red Square in Moscow. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Russian president claims invasion of Ukraine safeguarding motherland from the hostile West

People at the Stand with Ukraine Peace March at Dublin’s GPO: the group marched to St Stephen’s Green. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Putin to address Russians and oversee Red Square parade of military might

The Azovstal plant in Mariupol. ‘We will continue to fight as long as we live, to repel the Russian occupiers,’ Capt Sviatoslav Palamar, a deputy commander of Azov, said on a video call on Sunday. Photograph: Alessandro Guerra/EPA

‘We are basically dead men’ says commander who has remained in besieged factory

Ukrainian president  Volodymyr Zelensky urged EU states to act together on the latest sanctions against Russia. Photograph: Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/EPA

Kyiv and allies to discuss war effort as Kremlin prepares Red Square military parade

Tatyana Arkhipova meeting son Ilya (9) in Odesa after he was evacuated from Russian-occupied Kherson in southern Ukraine. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

The journey to Odesa takes two or more days via scores of checkpoints manned by unpredictable Russian troops on backroads that sna(...)

Tanks of the Donetsk People’s Republic militia in Mariupol, a city that has been devastated by heavy fighting. Photograph: AP

Kyiv’s besieged troops in Azovstal steelworks hold out despite ‘bloody fighting’

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen proposed that Sberbank, Russia’s biggest lender, and two smaller banks be barred from the Swift international payments system. Photograph:   Patrick Hertzog/AFP via Getty Images

Oil imports, top bank and alleged war crimes perpetrators targeted by new measures

A  woman injured in the fighting arrives from Mariupol at a registration and processing area for internally displaced people in Zaporizhzhia.  The UN says 101 civilians have been “successfully evacuated” from Ukraine’s besieged and battered port city of Mariupol in a joint effort with the Red Cross. Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/Getty Images

At least 10 Ukrainians killed after factory in frontline city of Avdiivka shelled

Odesa event planner and volunteer Andrei Bochko at a party for children evacuated from Ukraine’s war zone. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Volunteers, politicians, businessmen and even crime bosses play role in war effort

A mother comforts her crying son  after arriving from Mariupol to the evacuation point in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

First civilians to be evacuated from giant steel plant in Mariupol arrive in Zaporizhzhia

Evacuees accompanied by Red Cross personnel walk in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatist forces in Bezimenne, about 20km  east of Mariupol, on Saturday. Photograph: AP

UN co-ordinates with Ukraine, Russia and Red Cross for ‘safe passage operation’

Rescuers carry a body from a damaged building following Russian strikes in Kyiv. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP via Getty

Call for powerful international response to attack while Russia takes ‘colossal losses’

Alla Barsehyan, head doctor of the hospital in Bashtanka in southern Ukraine, which was hit by a Russian missile on April 19th. Photograph:  Daniel McLaughlin

‘To hell with tanks, we’re from Bashtanka!’ now a rallying cry after battle on southern plains

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy and UN secretary general  António Guterres  during their meeting in Kyiv on Thursday. Photograph: Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP

US unveils plans for €33bn in military aid to Ukraine despite Kremlin warnings

Serhiy Rzhavskyi and his family fled Mariupol after weeks of Russian bombing reduced the city to ruins and killed his stepfather. Now he is a volunteer in Odesa, helping other people displaced by Russia’s invasion. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Serhiy Rzhavskyi and family fled devastated Ukrainian city after weeks of terror

Welder Ostap Datsenko prepares donated used cars for the Ukrainian military in his workshop in Lviv. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Volunteers take used cars donated to Ukraine from abroad and prepare them for the front line

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien will tell Cabinet that some 100 buildings of more than 500 included in an initial trawl of potential venues indicate they could be converted into use as housing for refugees within three months. Photograph: Alan Betson

Government considering plans in light of Ukraine and housing crises

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy   with  US secretary of state Antony Blinken  (right) and US defence secretary Lloyd Austin in Kyiv on April 24th, 2022. Photograph: Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via Getty Images

Kremlin vows West will fail in what it calls bid to split and ‘destroy Russia from within’

People coming back to Lviv train station from Poland earlier this month. Photograph: Laurel Chor/Sopa Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Lviv Letter: Thousands go back as Kyiv holds out and painful, costly burden of exile grows

Rescuers help a resident to  leave a damaged building in Odesa, on Sunday.  A Russian strike on a residential building in the city the day before  killed eight people, including a baby. Photograph:  Oleksandr GImanov/AFP via Getty Images

Minister to outline plans to Cabinet addressing acute accommodation pressures

Viktoria Kolesnichenko and daughter Elizabeth Vykhristiuk with dog Zhadi in Odesa’s central city garden. They saw the aftermath of a Russian missile strike on the Black Sea city on Saturday. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

‘She never even got to see life,’ Odesa mayor says of three-month--old girl whose mother also died

People prepare to board an evacuation train to Lviv the day after arriving with a humanitarian convoy from the besieged city of Mariupol. Photograph: Ed Jones/AFP via Getty

Commander says Russia wants southern Ukraine and route to Moldovan enclave

The funeral of Ukrainian soldier Ivan Myno: ‘It was so bad they could not take his body from the battlefield. But my dad knew where to search and asked soldiers to go there.’ Photograph: Yaryna Chuchma

Dentist Ivan Myno died in action; factory worker Lapat is recovering from shrapnel

People fleeing Mariupol meet relatives and friends as they arrive in a small convoy after the opening of a humanitarian corridor. Photograph: Getty

Mariupol dead the victims of war crimes, says Ukraine as US pledges more weapons

Donetsk People’s Republic militia walk past damaged vehicles during heavy fighting in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatist forces in Mariupol. Photograph: Alexei Alexandrov/AP

Metalworks is refuge for Ukrainian troops and locals as latest Russian deadline passes

At least seven people were killed and 11 injured on Monday when several long-range Russian rockets hit warehouses and a car repair garage in Lviv. Photograph:  Joe Raedle/Getty

Missile strikes claim first civilian lives of war in ‘safe haven’ city of Lviv

A local resident looks at an apartment building  damaged during fighting in Mariupol, Ukraine. File photograph: AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov

Officials fear over 20,000 residents may have died in six-week siege of Mariupol

A local resident looks at  damage close to the  metal works in Mariupol. Ukrainian troops, including marines and members of the Azov regiment, are holding out despite a Russian ultimatum. Photograph: Alexei Alexandrov

Russia’s threat deadline passes as besieged soldiers resist and Pope urges peace

An apartment building in flames after a rocket barrage that struck central Kharkiv on Sunday. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/New York Times

Artillery attack the latest in series of deadly strikes on city just 35km from Russian border

A man  in a destroyed building  in a   southwestern suburb of Kyiv on Friday after it was hit by Russian missiles.  Photograph:  Fadel Senna/AFP

US says ‘nothing will dissuade us’ from helping Ukraine

Damaged buildings at the Vizar company military-industrial complex, after the site was hit by overnight Russian strikes, in the town of Vyshneve, 2km southwest of Kyiv, on Friday. Photograph:  Fadel Senna/AFP via Getty Images

President Zelenskiy and CIA chief warn of nuclear threat from Kremlin

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba (centre) in Kyiv: Ireland is backing calls for an EU oil embargo on Russia as part of ‘a maximalist approach to sanctions’. Photograph: PA

State to continue to provide non-lethal equipment to Ukraine and offer safe haven

Ukrainian firefighters  try to extinguish a fire after a missile strike on a warehouse on the outskirts of Kharkiv. Photograph: Sergey Bobok/AFP

Kremlin warns Finland and Sweden of ‘consequences’ if they join Nato

Russia’s Black Sea flagship Moskva has sank. Photograph: Vasiliy Batanov/ AFP via Getty Images

All crew evacuated following what Ukraine says was missile strike by its forces

Bodies  are exhumed from a mass grave at  a  church in  Bucha, Ukraine. Photograph:   Sergei Supinsky/AFP via Getty

International court's top prosecutor visits site of alleged Russian crimes near Kyiv

Russian president Vladimir Putin at the Vostochny cosmodrome: He  has repeated unfounded claims  Russian speakers in the Donbas region are being subjected to “genocide” by the authorities in Kyiv.  Photograph: Yevgeny Biyatov/Sputnik/ AFP

Biden refers to ‘genocide’ in Ukraine, saying Putin ‘is trying to wipe out the idea of being able to be Ukrainian’

Russian servicemen speaking with a woman on the Mira avenue in downtown Mariupol, Ukraine. Photograph: EPA/Sergei Ilnitsky

Civilians in eastern Ukraine told to flee as battle for Donbas looms

 A Russian soldier walking in front of  destroyed apartment buildings  in Donetsk, Ukraine. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Ukraine bracing for major onslaught by Moscow’s troops in its eastern Donbas region

A family mourns a relative killed during the war, as dozens of black bags containing more bodies of victims are strewn across the graveyard in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine. Photograph: Rodrigo Abd/ AP Photo

Nearly two-thirds of Ukraine's children displaced six weeks after Russian invasion

Ukrainian refugees sit on a shuttle bus after crossing the Ukrainian border with Poland at the Medyka border crossing, southeastern Poland. Around 90 percent of them are women and children. Photograph: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images

Outflow of women and children continues but fighting-age men are stopped at border

People, mainly women and children, arrive at Przemysl station in Poland after a train journey from war-torn Ukraine. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Unicef says more than half Ukraine's child population displaced during month of fighting

A guide and member of the volunteer defence force in the village of Havarechchyna, western Ukraine, who uses the nickname ‘Hroza’ (‘Thunder’). He wears the uniform of UPA soldiers who fought for Ukrainian independence in the 1940s and 1950s, and shows hideouts used by guerrillas who were pursued by Soviet and Nazi forces. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Kremlin evokes crimes of 1940s independence fighters in ‘denazification’ of democratic Ukraine

A satellite image taken on March 19th  but released on Monday shows burning apartment buildings “likely shelled by artillery”  in northeastern Mariupol, Ukraine. Photograph:  Maxar Technologies/AFP/Getty

Moscow says Biden comments about Putin put relations ‘on brink of collapse’

A member of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces stands guard at a checkpoint in Kyiv  as Russian forces try to encircle the Ukrainian capital. Photograph:  Fadel Senna/AFP via Getty Images

Deputy prime minister rejects Russian call for Mariupol surrender

Kyiv’s mayor Vitali Klitschko holds people away from a five-storey residential building that partially collapsed after a shelling in the Ukrainian capital on Friday. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP via Getty Images

Washington and Beijing discuss war that UN says has displaced nearly 10 million

Police officer walks at the site of a bombing that damaged residential buildings in Kyiv, Ukraine. Photograph: Felipe Dana/AP Photo

China’s Xi Jinping tells Joe Biden that conflicts such as Ukraine are in no one’s interests

Ukrainian officials said at least 21 people were killed and 25 injured when Russia bombed a school and community centre in the northeastern town of Merefa on Thursday. Photograph: State Emergency Service of Ukraine/via Getty

US president to urge Chinese leader Xi to distance himself from Kremlin aggression

Smoke rises after an explosion in Kyiv: Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy has compared Russia’s invasion to the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbour and the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Photograph:  Aris Messinis

Kremlin insists invasion on track as US prepares $800m in arms for Ukraine

Russian president Vladimir Putin: He may be ousted by protests that become armed and violent as poverty and anger grow, or military defeat could lead to his removal. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev

Fleeing Russian liberals fear national disaster under increasingly isolated president

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at a residential apartment building after it was hit by a Russian attack in the early hours of the morning in the Sviatoshynskyi District, Kyiv, Ukraine. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty

Irish cameraman and Ukrainian journalist killed outside embattled capital

Soldiers inspect the site of a Russian bombing  in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Monday. Photograph: Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo

Deadlock in Kyiv-Moscow talks as Kremlin vows to achieve invasion goals

Vitalii (right) and Dmytro Averchuk, father-and-son heart surgeons in Lviv, are prepared for an influx of cardiac and other patients and growing supply problems as Russia’s invasion expands. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

City’s main hospital faces surge of patients and supply problems amid fears of Russian bombs

A man wounded at a military complex is assisted by medical staff outside Novoiavorivsk District Hospital: Ukrainian officials say  35 people died and 134 were injured in the attack on the Yavoriv base. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty

Attack targets site used by Nato trainers but Kyiv and Moscow say talks may work

Firefighters spray water on a destroyed shoe factory following an airstrike on the central city of Dnipro on Friday. Photograph: Emre Caylak/AFP via Getty

Ukraine says more than 1,500 civilians killed in Russian siege of Mariupol

The coffin of senior police sergeant Roman Rushchyshyn, who was killed in the Luhansk region, is lowered during his funeral in the village of Soposhyn, in the outskirts of Lviv, western Ukraine on Thursday. Photograph: Bernat Armangue/AP

Kyiv shares US and UK fears Russia may plan chemical attack during invasion

Ukrainian emergency employees and volunteers carry an injured pregnant woman from the damaged by shelling maternity hospital in Mariupol, Ukraine. Photograph: Evgeniy Maloletka/AP Photo

West seeks to avoid clash with Russia as two weeks of war drive 2.2m Ukrainians abroad

Emine Dzheppar, a deputy foreign minister of Ukraine who was a journalist and activist in Crimea until 2014. ‘Ukraine is a piece of bread that Russia cannot swallow,’ she says. Photograph:  Olena Khudiakova/Ukrinform/Future Publishing via Getty Images

Crimean Tatars and ethnic Ukrainians hail unity and denounce Russia’s occupation of peninsula

A mother sleeps with her children  in a temporary shelter hosting Ukrainian refugees near  the city of Przemysl, in southern Poland, on Tuesday.  Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP via Getty Images

Kyiv says compromise possible with Moscow but civilians struggle to flee onslaught

Vitalii Khatiushyn is trapped in Ukraine after Russia invaded and Ukrainian men aged 18-60 were banned from leaving. In their New York home, the software engineer’s wife is expecting their first child in early May. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Ukrainian men aged 18-60 barred from leaving and expected to join fight against Russia

Ukrainian  soldiers help citizens cross a destroyed bridge as they flee from the frontline town of Irpin, near Kyiv, on Monday. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

Humanitarian crisis deepens as evacuations fail and EU told to expect five million refugees

A Ukrainian soldier runs to check on a family after a mortar round landed nearby as civilians tried to flee Irpin. Photograph: Lynsey Addario/The New York Times

Civilian death toll from hostilities since invasion is at least 364, says United Nations

The congregation gathers for a Sunday service at the Saint Peter and Paul Garrison Church in Lviv on Sunday. Photograph:   Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Lviv Letter: West Ukrainian hub looks out for Moscow agents amid patriotism and prayers

Ukrainian families are helped by volunteers as they arrive into Poland at the Medyka border crossing, where thousands of refugees have fled the war in Ukraine. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty

Ukraine pleads for air support as Russian missiles wreak deadly devastation

Volunteers solder I-beams to make anti-tank obstacles known as Czech hedgehogs in a workshop in Lviv, western Ukraine. Photograph: Daniel Leal/AFP via Getty Images

Volunteers in Lviv support displaced people and sign up to defend cities from Russian troops

A woman holds her child as she tries to board a free train to Poland at a station in Lviv, western Ukraine, on Thursday. Photograph: Daniel Leal/AFP via Getty Images

Battle rages for key port amid reports of fire at one of Europe’s biggest nuclear power plants

Ukrainian refugees arrive by Polish passenger train at the Warszawa Wschodnia in Warsaw. Photograph: Pawel Supernak/EPA

Zelenskiy calls for meeting with Putin as concerns mount over Russian convoy outside Kyiv

A woman cries outside a house damaged by a Russian airstrike, according to locals, in Gorenka, outside the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Wednesday. Photograph: Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo

Kyiv and Moscow to talk again amid increasingly bloody invasion

 Passengers board an evacuation train on March 1, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Russian forces continued their advance on the Ukrainian capital as the country’s invasion of its western neighbor entered its sixth day. Photo: Pierre Crom/Getty Images

Fear and uncertainty pursue Ukrainians onto chaotic evacuation trains from their capital

Ukrainian refugees rest in the school building near the Polish-Ukrainian border in Medyka, Poland on Tuesday. Photograph: Darek Delmanowicz/EPA

Dead civil servants pulled from rubble of attack on regional government building in Kharkiv

Civilians cross a river on a blown-up bridge on Kyiv’s northern front on Tuesday. Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images

Five civilians killed in a rocket attack on a Kyiv TV tower as Zelenskiy urges EU to prove it sides with country in conflict

Cars are stopped at a roadblock set by Ukraine’s  civil defence in central Kyiv on Monday. Photograph: Emilio Morenatti/AP

Talks fail to halt war that has already sent 500,000 Ukrainians fleeing to EU states

Customers queue outside a pharmacy in Kyiv after a city-wide curfew ended on Monday. Photograph: Erin Trieb/Bloomberg

People search for supplies and check on loved ones as barricades go up in Ukraine’s capital

Ukrainian refugees at the train station in Przemysl, southeast Poland, on Sunday. Photograph: Darek Delmanowicz/EPA

EU to buy arms for Kyiv and aim sanctions at banks, media, air travel and oligarchs

 Khreshchatyk, the main street, of  Kyiv empty due to a 5pm-8am curfew imposed by  the mayor of the city, Volodymyr Klitschko. Photograph: Efrem Lukatsky/AP

Ukrainian civilians given guns as explosions shatter eerie silence of curfewed capital

A damaged residential building at Koshytsa Street, a suburb of Kyiv. Photograph: Daniel Leal/AFP via Getty

Missile strikes shake city as Kremlin urges its troops to oust Zelenskiy

People take shelter from bombings in an underground station  in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Friday. Photograph: Pierre Crom/Getty Images

Civilians given weapons and urged to make petrol bombs as Russian onslaught continues

People sleep in the Kyiv subway, using it as a bomb shelter on Friday. In Ukraine’s capital, many residents hurried underground for safety overnight Thursday and Friday as Russian forces fired on the city and moved closer. Photograph: Emilio Morenatti/AP

Ukrainian guards fire warning shots to prevent stampede at railway station

Some 100,000 Ukrainians had taken to the roads and rails to flee Russia’s invasion of their country. Photograph: AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

UN estimates some 100,000 Ukrainians fled their homes on first day of Russian onslaught

People gather in front of a damaged residential building at Koshytsa Street, a suburb of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, where a military shell allegedly hit. Photograph: Daniel Leal/AFP via Getty

Heavy gunfire and explosions heard as president Zelenskiy vows to defend country

People stand by the body of a relative stretched out on the ground after Russian bombings on the eastern Ukrainian town of Chuguiv. Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images

West aims new sanctions at Moscow as US says Kremlin seeks to ‘re-establish Soviet Union’

Larisa and daughter Yelena trying to leave Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine on Thursday  morning with their cat, Chanel. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Kharkiv’s 1.4 million people decide whether to stay or go as Russia launches missile strikes

Vladimir Putin: ‘I want to repeat that Russia’s interests and the security of our people are an indisputable priority.’ Photograph: EPA

EU calls emergency summit as US warns that Moscow’s troops are ‘ready’ to attack

Vladimir Yachin (56) a scientific researcher in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city, which is 35km from the Russia border. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Preparations in strategic city Kharkiv include network of bomb shelters

 Ukrainians protest in front of the Russian embassy in Kyiv: The European Union, United States and Britain have imposed sanctions on a range of Moscow-based deputies, officials, businessmen and banks. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko

Kyiv ‘used by third countries to create threats towards Russia’, Putin says

People wave Russian national flags in Donetsk to celebrate Russian president Vladimir Putin signing a decree on the sovereignty of the so-called people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. Photograph:  Alexei Alexandrov/ AP Photo

Columns of military vehicles including tanks seen on outskirts of city of Donetsk

People sing the Ukrainian national anthem during a rally for Maidan revolution commemorations in Kyiv on Sunday. Photograph:  Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Kremlin still not reconciled to neighbour's revolution and integration with West

People attend a ceremony in Severodonetsk, eastern Ukraine, on Sunday to honour honouring the protesters killed by security forces in Kyiv in February 2014. Photograph:  Lynsey Addario for The New York Times

Kremlin blames Kyiv as Donbas shelling intensifies and militants evacuate civilians

Russian paratroppers during a joint exercise of the armed forces of Russia and Belarus at the Obuz-Lesnovsky firing range near the city of Baranovichi in Belarus. Photograph: Russian defence ministry/AFP via Getty Images

Russian troops to stay on amid ‘whiff of gunpowder’, Belarusian defence chief says

US president Joe Biden said the crisis in Ukraine was rapidly escalating. Photograph: Oliver Contreras/EPA

Russian president to oversee nuclear missile drills as Ukraine tension soars

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