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# liveblog - Saturday 14 May, 2022

As it happened: Leinster v Toulouse, Champions Cup semi-final From The42
Live May 14th 2022, 3:00 PM

As it happened: Leinster v Toulouse, Champions Cup semi-final

# liveblog - Wednesday 20 April, 2022

As it happened: Russia tests intercontinental ballistic missile as Taoiseach meets Ukraine PM in Shannon
Live Apr 20th 2022, 7:00 PM

As it happened: Russia tests intercontinental ballistic missile as Taoiseach meets Ukraine PM in Shannon

  • A Ukrainian commander in a Mariupol steel plant said his marines are “facing our last days, if not hours”.
  • Finland's parliament opened a debate on whether to seek Nato membership.
  • Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal met Taoiseach Micheál Martin at Shannon Airport today.

# liveblog - Wednesday 13 April, 2022

As it happened: Russia claims mass Ukrainian surrender in Mariupol, Finland to make NATO decision 'within weeks'
Live Apr 13th 2022, 7:55 PM

As it happened: Russia claims mass Ukrainian surrender in Mariupol, Finland to make NATO decision 'within weeks'

  • Ukraine halted all humanitarian corridors today saying it is "too dangerous".
  • Russia's defence ministry has claimed that more than 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers have surrendered in Mariupol.
  • Finland's PM said the country will decide on whether to apply for NATO membership "within weeks".

# liveblog - Monday 11 April, 2022

As it happened: Austrian chancellor holds 'hard' talks with Putin; France expels Russian suspected spies
Live Apr 11th 2022, 8:15 PM

As it happened: Austrian chancellor holds 'hard' talks with Putin; France expels Russian suspected spies

  • Here are all the latest developments in the war in Ukraine.
  • The city of Kharkiv came under heavy shelling today.
  • A meeting between Austria's Chancellor and Russian President Vladimir Putin was “direct, open and hard”.

# liveblog - Friday 8 April, 2022

As it happened: At least 50 dead in train station attack by Russia as Odessa imposes weekend curfew
Live Apr 8th 2022, 5:00 PM

As it happened: At least 50 dead in train station attack by Russia as Odessa imposes weekend curfew

  • At least 50 people have been killed, including five children, in an attack on a train station
  • Odessa imposed a weekend curfew over a "missile strike threat" from Russia in the wake of the attack
  • The Taoiseach visited Finland this morning to discuss Ukraine and other global issues

# liveblog - Thursday 7 April, 2022

As it happened: Ukraine prepares for Russian attack reminiscent of 'World War II' on Donbas
Live Apr 7th 2022, 6:00 PM

As it happened: Ukraine prepares for Russian attack reminiscent of 'World War II' on Donbas

  • The UN General Assembly voted to suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council.
  • Ukraine has warned residents in the east of the country to get out "now" ahead of a feared assault.
  • A Kremlin spokesperson admitted that Russian troops have suffered "significant losses" in Ukraine.

# liveblog - Wednesday 6 April, 2022

As it happened: US sanctions target Putin's daughters as residents of Ukraine's eastern regions warned to evacuate
Live Apr 6th 2022, 6:30 PM

As it happened: US sanctions target Putin's daughters as residents of Ukraine's eastern regions warned to evacuate

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the Dáil and the Seanad this morning
  • He said that Russia is trying to destroy "everything that makes us Ukrainians"
  • The Taoiseach said he welcomed Ukraine's application to join the EU

# liveblog - Tuesday 5 April, 2022

As it happened: Ireland's UN ambassador says Russian denials 'insult' memory of civilians killed in Bucha
Live Apr 5th 2022, 6:00 PM

As it happened: Ireland's UN ambassador says Russian denials 'insult' memory of civilians killed in Bucha

  • "Accountability must be inevitable,” President Zelenskyy told the UN Security Council this afternoon.
  • Ireland's representative to the UN Geraldine Byrne Nason said attempts to deny Russian responsibility for the atrocities are "appalling in their cynicism".
  • EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will travel to Kyiv this week as the EU mulls further sanctions.

# liveblog - Monday 4 April, 2022

As it happened: EU eyes further sanctions as countries accuse Russia of war crimes in Ukraine
Live Apr 4th 2022, 9:30 PM

As it happened: EU eyes further sanctions as countries accuse Russia of war crimes in Ukraine

  • Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited Bucha, where dozens of corpses were found
  • 410 civilian bodies have been recovered so far after a weekend of brutal attacks, Ukraine says
  • Lithuania expelled its Russian ambassador this afternoon.

# liveblog - Friday 1 April, 2022

As it happened: Talks resume between Ukraine and Russia as death toll rises after strike on government building
Live Apr 1st 2022, 6:30 PM

As it happened: Talks resume between Ukraine and Russia as death toll rises after strike on government building

  • The Kremlin accused Ukrainian helicopters of striking a fuel storage facility in a western Russia.
  • The Red Cross said it was 'impossible' to go ahead with a Mariupol evacuation today.
  • Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned Russia is preparing “powerful strikes” in eastern Ukraine.

# liveblog - Thursday 31 March, 2022

As it happened: Putin threatens to cut off gas supplies unless countries pay in rubles via Russian banks
Live Mar 31st 2022, 6:30 PM

As it happened: Putin threatens to cut off gas supplies unless countries pay in rubles via Russian banks

  • President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Ukraine is preparing for strikes in the east, as US intelligence indicates Putin’s relations with his staff have deteriorated
  • Kyiv sent 45 buses to Mariupol to evacuate citizens after a local ceasefire was announced, as five buses were targetted in Chernihiv.
  • Russian troops have begun to leave the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

# liveblog - Wednesday 30 March, 2022

As it happened: Russian strikes hit Red Cross building in Mariupol as Zelenskyy addresses Norwegian parliament
Live Mar 30th 2022, 5:52 PM

As it happened: Russian strikes hit Red Cross building in Mariupol as Zelenskyy addresses Norwegian parliament

# liveblog - Tuesday 29 March, 2022

As it happened: Russia to reduce military activity around Kyiv as ceasefire talks conclude
Live Mar 29th 2022, 7:55 PM

As it happened: Russia to reduce military activity around Kyiv as ceasefire talks conclude

  • Ireland is to expel four "senior officials" from the Russian Embassy following briefings by Irish security officials
  • Russia said it will "radically" reduce its military activity around Kyiv following ceasefire talks in Istanbul
  • At least seven people were killed and 22 injured in a Russian strike on a regional government building in Mykolaiv

# liveblog - Monday 28 March, 2022

As it happened: No significant achievements in talks so far, Russia says; Zelenskyy says Ukraine could become neutral
Live Mar 28th 2022, 7:00 PM

As it happened: No significant achievements in talks so far, Russia says; Zelenskyy says Ukraine could become neutral

  • Negotiators have resumed face-to-face peace talks in Turkey, with Russia saying "no significant breakthroughs" have yet been made.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said the country would consider declaring neutrality, as the Kremlin called Joe Biden's comments from the weekend hinting at a regime change "alarming".

# liveblog - Saturday 26 March, 2022

As it happened: Ireland v Belgium, international friendly From The42
Live Mar 26th 2022, 5:30 PM

As it happened: Ireland v Belgium, international friendly

# liveblog - Friday 25 March, 2022

As it happened: Russia declares 'first stage' of war over as Biden compares invasion to Tiananmen Square
Live Mar 25th 2022, 7:30 PM

As it happened: Russia declares 'first stage' of war over as Biden compares invasion to Tiananmen Square

  • Vladimir Putin compared criticism of Russia to Nazis book burning, claiming that there is "progressive discrimination" against Russian culture.
  • The Taoiseach played down the meaning behind Volodymyr Zelenskyy saying “Ireland, well, almost" in relation to EU support for Ukraine.
  • US President Joe Biden met US troops stationed near the Polish-Ukrainian border.

# liveblog - Thursday 24 March, 2022

As it happened: Biden backs proposal to remove Russia from G20 as leaders meet in Brussels
Live Mar 24th 2022, 10:00 PM

As it happened: Biden backs proposal to remove Russia from G20 as leaders meet in Brussels

  • Nato leaders agreed on a new set of supports for Ukraine, including equipment to protect the country against nuclear threats.
  • G7 and EU leaders are meeting in Brussels to discuss the war and determine the next stage of their response.
  • Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy calling for global street protests against Russia's actions.

# liveblog - Wednesday 23 March, 2022

As it happened: Nato estimates high Russian troop losses as US says war crimes committed
Live Mar 23rd 2022, 8:25 PM

As it happened: Nato estimates high Russian troop losses as US says war crimes committed

  • More than 3.6 million people have fled Ukraine since the invasion.
  • Almost 100,000 people remain trapped in Mariupol as Russia bombards the southern port city.
  • China indicated support for Putin to still participate in the next G20 summit.

# liveblog - Tuesday 22 March, 2022

AS IT HAPPENED: 'Super Powerful bombs' rock Mariupol; US says Russians kidnapped 2,400 children
Live Mar 22nd 2022, 9:39 PM

AS IT HAPPENED: 'Super Powerful bombs' rock Mariupol; US says Russians kidnapped 2,400 children

# liveblog - Sunday 20 March, 2022

As it happened: Zelenskyy urges Israel to abandon neutrality on invasion, Russia fires hypersonic missiles again
Live Mar 20th 2022, 5:00 PM

As it happened: Zelenskyy urges Israel to abandon neutrality on invasion, Russia fires hypersonic missiles again

  • Here are all the latest developments in Ukraine as they happen.
  • Russia has again fired its newest hypersonic missiles in Ukraine after admitting to using them for the first time yesterday.
  • Ukraine has called on China to "condemn Russian barbarism".

# liveblog - Saturday 19 March, 2022

As it happened: Ireland versus Scotland, Six Nations championship From The42
Live Mar 19th 2022, 3:55 PM

As it happened: Ireland versus Scotland, Six Nations championship

# liveblog - Friday 18 March, 2022

As it happened: Russian missiles destroyed aircraft repair plant in Lviv; Coveney in Poland to discuss Ukraine
Live Mar 18th 2022, 3:59 PM

As it happened: Russian missiles destroyed aircraft repair plant in Lviv; Coveney in Poland to discuss Ukraine

  • Russian forces have struck an area around Lviv airport in western Ukraine, the city's mayor has said.
  • Work is underway to find civilians sheltering in a Mariupol theatre following a bomb attack.
  • Simon Coveney is in Poland today to discuss the war in Ukraine.

# liveblog - Wednesday 16 March, 2022

As it happened: Mariupol theatre sheltering civilians bombed, Taoiseach speaks with Zelenskyy
Live Mar 16th 2022, 9:32 PM

As it happened: Mariupol theatre sheltering civilians bombed, Taoiseach speaks with Zelenskyy

  • Russian forces bombed a theatre in Mariupol where civilians were sheltering, Ukrainian officials said.
  • The UN’s International Court of Justice ordered Russia to stop its invasion.
  • Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for a no-fly zone in an address to the US congress.

# liveblog - Tuesday 15 March, 2022

AS IT HAPPENED: Irish citizen killed near Kyiv and 20,000 evacuated from Mariupol
Live Mar 15th 2022, 9:45 PM

AS IT HAPPENED: Irish citizen killed near Kyiv and 20,000 evacuated from Mariupol

  • A Fox News cameraman, who was an Irish citizen, was killed while working near Kyiv.
  • Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Ukraine should accept that it will not become a member of NATO.
  • The Polish, Czech and Slovenian prime ministers travelled to Kyiv to meet the Ukrainian President.

# liveblog - Monday 14 March, 2022

As it happened: Over 160 civilian cars escape Mariupol, EU agrees new sanctions
Live Mar 14th 2022, 9:45 PM

As it happened: Over 160 civilian cars escape Mariupol, EU agrees new sanctions

  • One person has been killed and 12 others injured after an air strike on a residential building in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.
  • Diplomats are due to resume talks tomorrow after a "technical pause" in negotiations this afternoon.
  • Zelenskyy has warned NATO that its member states could soon be attacked by Russian forces.

# liveblog - Sunday 13 March, 2022

As it happened: Civilian death toll from siege of Mariupol now over 2,100, US journalist killed near Kyiv
Live Mar 13th 2022, 3:30 PM

As it happened: Civilian death toll from siege of Mariupol now over 2,100, US journalist killed near Kyiv

# liveblog - Saturday 12 March, 2022

As it happened: 1,300 Ukrainian troops killed in Russian invasion, amid humanitarian crisis in Mariupol
Live Mar 12th 2022, 8:00 PM

As it happened: 1,300 Ukrainian troops killed in Russian invasion, amid humanitarian crisis in Mariupol

  • Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that around 1,300 of his troops had been killed since Russia's invasion began.
  • Poland's transport minister said that any help Ireland can offer to help refugees would be happily accepted.
  • A two-hour phone call was held between Vladimir Putin, Emmanuel Macron, and Olaf Scholz in which Putin was asked to release the mayor of Melitopol, who was kidnapped by Russian forces.

# liveblog - Tuesday 8 March, 2022

As it happened: US bans Russian oil as Poland donates fighter jets to US to be given to Ukraine army
Live Mar 8th 2022, 8:30 PM

As it happened: US bans Russian oil as Poland donates fighter jets to US to be given to Ukraine army

  • Fears persist around Russia's offer of humanitarian corridors.
  • Ukraine military claims Russian general Vitaly Gerasimov was killed in fighting near Kharkiv.
  • 2 million people have fled Ukraine so far.

# liveblog - Monday 7 March, 2022

As it happened: Ukraine and Russia meet for third round of talks; Zelenskyy vows revenge over civilian attacks
Live Mar 7th 2022, 8:56 PM

As it happened: Ukraine and Russia meet for third round of talks; Zelenskyy vows revenge over civilian attacks

  • A Kremlin offer to open escape routes for civilians trapped by the fighting is rejected by Kyiv because several lead to Russia or its ally Belarus.
  • Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russian troops of "murder, deliberate murder" in an address.
  • Russian and Ukrainian delegations will meet for a third round of peace talks at 2pm.

# liveblog - Sunday 6 March, 2022

As it happened: Ukrainian airport destroyed by barrage of missiles as evacuations halted yet again
Live Mar 6th 2022, 7:40 PM

As it happened: Ukrainian airport destroyed by barrage of missiles as evacuations halted yet again

# liveblog - Saturday 5 March, 2022

As it happened: Protestors gather in Dublin as Russia continues its assault on Ukraine for the tenth day
Live Mar 5th 2022, 3:55 PM

As it happened: Protestors gather in Dublin as Russia continues its assault on Ukraine for the tenth day

# liveblog - Friday 4 March, 2022

As it happened: Russia blocks access to Facebook and Twitter as NATO rejects call for no-fly zone
Live Mar 4th 2022, 6:50 PM

As it happened: Russia blocks access to Facebook and Twitter as NATO rejects call for no-fly zone

  • Europe's largest nuclear power plant was shelled by Russian forces overnight, causing it to catch fire.
  • Zelenskyy has warned it will be the “end for Europe” if an explosion occurs due to Russian forces shelling the plant.
  • Russia media watchdog has said it is limiting access to some international news organisations.

# liveblog - Thursday 3 March, 2022

As it happened: Vladimir Putin says Russian invasion is 'going to plan' as latest talks conclude in Belarus
Live Mar 3rd 2022, 6:38 PM

As it happened: Vladimir Putin says Russian invasion is 'going to plan' as latest talks conclude in Belarus

  • More than one million people have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion, the UN's refugee agency has said.
  • After a call between Presidents Macron and Putin, French officials have said they believe "the worst is to come".
  • The EU has agreed to give status to Ukrainian refugees to live, work and study in EU countries.

# liveblog - Wednesday 2 March, 2022

As it happened: UN General Assembly overwhelmingly votes in favour of telling Russia to withdraw its troops
Live Mar 2nd 2022, 5:40 PM

As it happened: UN General Assembly overwhelmingly votes in favour of telling Russia to withdraw its troops

  • Russian airborne troops have landed in Ukraine's second city, sparking immediate and "ongoing" fighting.
  • Joe Biden branded Vladimir Putin a "dictator" in his keynote annual State of the Union address.
  • Biden also announced that Russian aircraft will be banned from US airspace.

# liveblog - Tuesday 1 March, 2022

As it happened: Taoiseach holds phone call with Ukrainian prime minister as invasion nears one-week mark
Live Mar 1st 2022, 8:40 PM

As it happened: Taoiseach holds phone call with Ukrainian prime minister as invasion nears one-week mark

  • A Russian military convoy 65km-long massed on the outskirts of Kyiv this morning.
  • More than 70 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed after Russian artillery hit a military base in Okhtyrka.
  • Ukraine's President Volodymer Zelenskyy urges MEPs to 'prove that you are with us' in a remote addresses to European Parliament.

# liveblog - Monday 28 February, 2022

As it happened: Russia expelled from 2022 World Cup; Kyiv citizens urged to move to bomb shelters
Live Feb 28th 2022, 10:55 PM

As it happened: Russia expelled from 2022 World Cup; Kyiv citizens urged to move to bomb shelters

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says the next 24 hours will be “a crucial period” for his country.
  • Ukraine met with Russia at the country's border with Belarus, with further talks possible.
  • The UN held a rare emergency special session of the General Assembly today, as financial sanctions posed on Russia started to bite.

# liveblog - Sunday 27 February, 2022

As it happened: New EU sanctions on Russia announced, as Putin puts nuclear 'deterrence' forces on alert
Live Feb 27th 2022, 6:55 PM

As it happened: New EU sanctions on Russia announced, as Putin puts nuclear 'deterrence' forces on alert

  • The EU confirmed it will send weapons to Ukraine, close its airspace to Russian planes and ban Russian state-owned media.
  • Ukraine has agreed to hold talks with Russia at the country's border with Belarus.
  • Putin has ordered his defence chiefs to put the country’s nuclear “deterrence forces” on high alert.

# liveblog - Saturday 26 February, 2022

As it happened: Fighting in Kyiv continues as demonstrations take place across Europe
Live Feb 26th 2022, 6:00 PM

As it happened: Fighting in Kyiv continues as demonstrations take place across Europe

  • After street fighting in Kyiv overnight Ukraine's president has vowed 'we will not lay down our arms'
  • Nato leaders have agreed to bolster their eastern forces as the EU and US announce further sanctions
  • Here at home, Russia's ambassador to Ireland says he can 'leave any time' as his expulsion is not ruled out by govt

# liveblog - Friday 25 February, 2022

As it happened: Ukrainian and Russian forces clash near Kyiv as EU sanctions Putin, Lavrov
Live Feb 25th 2022, 10:00 PM

As it happened: Ukrainian and Russian forces clash near Kyiv as EU sanctions Putin, Lavrov

  • Ukraine military vehicles have entered Kyiv to defend the city.
  • The country's government says it has handed out 18,000 assault rifles to volunteers.

# liveblog - Thursday 24 February, 2022

As it happened: Russian forces capture Chernobyl as EU leaders agree 'sanctions that bite'
Live Feb 24th 2022, 10:00 PM

As it happened: Russian forces capture Chernobyl as EU leaders agree 'sanctions that bite'

  • Ukraine’s Health Minister says 57 people have been killed, and 169 more were wounded
  • EU leaders gathered for an emergency summit and agreed to punish Russia with "severe" sanctions
  • Russian police have detained more than 1,700 people at anti-war protests across dozens of cities
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