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# Russia

1st February 2023
# 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.
This week
29th January 2023 - 2nd February 2023
# Nuclear Weapons
US says Russia is not complying with last remaining nuclear treaty
Moscow announced in early August that it was suspending US inspections of its military sites, which were part of the New START treaty.
# 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 week
22nd January 2023 - 28th 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 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
Tom Clonan: How Leopard 2 tanks could give Ukrainian forces a 'dramatic advantage'
This is another decisive moment in the war in Ukraine.
# 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.
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.
Last month
January 2023
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# Profile
Ukraine helicopter crash: Who was Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky?
Monastyrsky is the most senior Ukrainian official to have died since Russia invaded Ukraine last year.
# War in Ukraine
Alleged ex-Wagner mercenary flees Russia seeking ayslum in Norway
A human rights group has published interviews with Andrei Medvedev in which he details his dramatic escape.
# Dnipropetrovsk
Toll from Dnipro strike in Ukraine rises to 40 as Russia denies attack
The Kremlin has pointed to an unsubstantiated theory circulating on social media that Ukrainian air defence systems had caused the damage.
# Ukraine
Ukraine races to rescue people from Russian strike as death toll rises to 29
It came as Ukraine celebrated a popular holiday called the Old New Year.
# War in Ukraine
Strike on residential building in east Ukraine kills at least 5: officials
The strike hit the entrance of a nine-storey building, turning several floors into smouldering rubble.
# Russia
Putin critic Alexei Navalny says he is being denied hospital care
Navalny said on Wednesday that he had flu symptoms, but was being kept in a punishment cell.
# 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.
# Soledar
Zelenskyy promises 'everything necessary' to defend key eastern towns from Russia
Ukrainian troops are fighting to retain control of the now-battered industrial towns.
# Reshuffle
Russia replaces top military commander in Ukraine again
The previous commander of Russian forces in Ukraine will now become deputy to General Valery Gerasimov.
# Soledar
Ukraine says mining town holding out against Russian assault
The area is under heavy shelling by Russian forces using jets, mortars and rockets.
# Space
Russia to send new capsule to return crew from ISS as Soyuz suffers meteorite strike
The Soyuz MS-22 will have to return to earth crewless due to damage to the craft.
# Donestk
Village in key east Ukraine area seized for Russia after months of fighting, separatists claim
The area has been a target for Moscow.
# 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.
# War in Ukraine
Two killed in Ukraine despite Russia 'ceasefire', claims Kyiv
Kyiv and AFP journalists on the ground said there was little sign the fighting had eased yesterday.
# Ukraine
Strikes reported in east Ukraine despite Putin's ceasefire order for next two days
The 36-hour ceasefire was ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday to coincide with the Russian Orthodox Christmas.
# Ceasefire
Putin orders 36-hour ceasefire for Orthodox Christmas in Ukraine, Kyiv brands move as 'hypocrisy'
Ukraine’s presidential adviser has rejected Russia’s declaration of a ceasefire over Orthodox Christmas as ‘hypocrisy’ and ‘propaganda’.
# Peace Talks
Putin says he's ready for Ukraine talks if Kyiv accepts 'new territorial realities'
A Russian church leader has also called for a ceasefire in order to celebrate Orthodox Christmas tomorrow.
# Russia
Former Russian parliament speaker Ruslan Khasbulatov dies, state TV reports
Khasbulatov, an ethnic Chechen, died at his home outside Moscow aged 80.
# Russia
Mourners gather for rare public commemoration in Russia for soldiers killed by Ukraine strike
Russia yesterday said 63 servicemen were killed when a temporary deployment point was struck in Makiivka.
# Airstrikes
Russia will step up exploding drone attacks on Ukraine, Zelenskyy says
The Institute for the Study of War said Vladimir Putin is looking to strengthen support for his strategy among key voices in Russia.
# Kyiv
Russia says more than 60 soldiers killed in Ukrainian strike
However, Kyiv said that nearly 400 Russian troops were killed in Makiivka.
# Ukraine
Russia's New Year raids on Ukraine kill four and wound dozens
The head of the Kyiv police posted a picture of wreckage of a downed drone that featured the words “Happy New Year” in Russian.
Last year
# Ukraine
One person killed in Kyiv following Russian strikes on several regions, Ukraine officials say
AFP journalists in Kyiv heard at least 10 explosions in the early afternoon.