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# russian invasion

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2022
# Ukraine
Putin says if West wants to defeat Russia on battlefield, 'let them try'
The Russian president also warned that Moscow has not even started its military campaign in Ukraine “in earnest.”
# russian invasion
At least two killed after 'massive' Russian shelling in Ukrainian city of Sloviansk
Moscow has launched a campaign of so-called Russification.
Sloviansk Mayor Vadim Lyakh has urged residents to evacuate and to take cover in shelters.
FSB official Sergei Yeliseyev said "Russia is here forever" upon taking over the government in Kherson.
Talks in Switzerland heard that the rebuilding of Ukraine is estimated to cost at least $750 billion.
Putin orders troops to press ahead with Ukraine offensive after taking control of Lugansk region
# Defence
Nato hails 'historic day' as membership process for Sweden and Finland launched
Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg said it is the fastest accession process in the alliance’s history.
# Ukraine
Putin orders troops to press ahead with Ukraine offensive after taking control of Lugansk region
The Ukrainian army retreated from the strategic city of Lysychansk over the weekend following weeks of fierce fighting.
Ukrainian troops withdrew from the strategic city of Lysychansk over the weekend.
Leaders from dozens of countries are meeting in Switzerland to map out a "Marshall Plan" to rebuild Ukraine.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that rebuilding his country is the "common task of the whole democratic world".
# Retreat
Ukraine army accuses Russia of firing phosphorus bombs on Snake Island
An international convention bans the use of phosphorus weapons against civilians but allows it on military targets.
# odessa strike
Strikes in Southern Ukraine leave 17 dead after Russia evacuates Snake Island
A nine-storey apartment building was partially destroyed, leaving 14 people dead and 30 wounded, including several children.
The strikes, in the Bilgorod-Dnistrovsky district, were launched by aircraft that flew in from the Black Sea.
The decision to abandon Snake Island "changes the situation in the Black Sea considerably," said Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Nato leaders denounce Russia's 'appalling cruelty' in Ukraine as Moscow threatens Norway
# russian invasion
Russia summons British ambassador over 'offensive' Putin comments by Boris Johnson
The UK Prime Minister said that Vladimir Putin would not have started the war in Ukraine if he was a woman.
# Kremenchuk
'Deplorable' Russian strike kills at least 13 and injures dozens at Ukraine shopping centre
The Ukrainian defence ministry said the strike was timed to coincide with the centre’s busiest hours.
# russian invasion
EU leaders back Ukraine membership bid in trip to war-torn Kyiv
It is the first time that the three leaders have visited Kyiv since Russia launched its invasion.
# Ukraine
Russia announces humanitarian corridor at Severodonetsk plant as Zelenskyy pleads for arms
The Ukrainian president said yesterday that the human cost of the battle for the region was “simply terrifying”.
# Severodonetsk
22 people wounded in airstrikes on western Ukraine as Russia continues push on Severodonetsk
The attack comes as Russian troops continue to push for control of Severodonetsk in the east.
# Ukraine
EU chief visits Ukraine as fierce fighting continues in east of country
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that serious battles were ongoing in Severodonetsk, a city in the east.
# ireland ukraine fund
Grants up to €100,000 available to organisations helping Ukrainians in Ireland
New figures released by the CSO show that a total of 35,670 PPSNs have been issued to people from Ukraine since early March.
# Sergei Lavrov
Moscow furious as foreign minister cancels Serbia visit after neighbours close airspace
Bulgaria, Macedonia and Montenegro refused a request for Sergei Lavrov’s plane to pass through their airspaces.
# russian invasion
Ukraine suffers setbacks in strategically important Severodonetsk
Officials earlier said that Ukrainian troops had beaten back Russian forces to control half of the flashpoint eastern city.
# Severodonetsk
Ukraine claims it has pushed Russian forces back during fierce fighting in east
Crews sometimes arrive at a location only to be forced to retreat because of the fighting.
# Ukraine
Zelenskyy: Ukraine losing up to 100 soldiers a day
It comes after US President Joe Biden announced his country is sending a small number of high-tech, medium-range rocket systems to aid Ukrainian forces.
# Severodonetsk
Russia advances in Donbas as EU leaders agree to ban most Russian oil
EU leaders have agreed to put sanctions on most Russian oil imports.
# russian invasion
Ukraine says 'everything' being done to defend Donbas from Russian onslaught
In his daily address to Ukrainians, Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the Russians had “concentrated maximum artillery, maximum reserves in Donbas”.
Voices
Opinion: Ukrainian refugees are vulnerable to trafficking and abuse - we must protect them
GOAL’s Mary Van Lieshout says Ukrainian refugees are vulnerable to exploitation and government agencies and NGOs must do more to protect them.
# russian invasion
US set to approve $40 billion aid package for Ukraine, warning of long war ahead
It comes as a top US official warned that Vladimir Putin is preparing for a long war that may not end with Russian victory in the east.
# russian invasion
Ukraine forces accuse Russia of firing during evacuation of Mariupol steel plant
Ukrainian fighters say “assault operations” continued despite a ceasefire.
# Ukraine
More than 100 civilians brought to safety out of Mariupol as Russia strikes factory in Donetsk
The UK and EU are moving to give more support to Ukraine and further sanction Russia respectively.
THE MORNING LEAD
'It's absolutely terrifying': Charity workers on the shock and despair faced by displaced Ukrainians
A report by
Céimin Burke
Doctors say Russia’s targeting of civilians is having a severe impact on many Ukrainians mental health.
# Ukraine
US President seeks $33 billion package to send arms and aid to Ukraine
In a statement from the White House, Biden said the US is “not attacking Russia”.
# russian invasion
Russia vows bigger Ukraine assault as UN documents killings
UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said today that it has detailed a “horror story” of violations perpetrated against civilians.
# Ukraine
New images reveal possible mass graves near Mariupol as Zelenskyy says city 'continues to resist'
Russia says it has “liberated” the city, with just a few thousand Ukrainian soldiers left in the Azovstal plant complex.
THE MORNING LEAD
Irish volunteers at the Ukraine border: ‘We're great at helping, but need to do more. It’s a tragedy’
A report by
Céimin Burke
At a major humanitarian aid centre close to the Ukrainian border a small team of volunteers are helping refugees travel to Ireland.
Céimin Burke speaks to volunteers at a disused shopping centre just 11 kilometres from the Ukrainian border.
Groups include people from around Europe who came to border areas and directly offered lifts to arriving refugees.
Irish charities among those working to set up safe travel routes for refugees and helping with those providing essential items and legal support.
‘I have to go back’: Polish city remains a major hub for Ukrainians fleeing war (and going home)
Over 50 days in, things have changed at the main border crossing between Poland and Ukraine
AS IT HAPPENED
Satellite image shows mass grave near Mariupol as Putin orders blockade of city's steel plant
Russia issued another call yesterday for the devastated port city’s defenders to surrender.
Russia's defence minister said it controls all of Mariupol except the Azovstal plant.
The prime ministers of Spain and Denmark have arrived on a visit to Kyiv.
Ukraine said nine bodies have been found outside Kyiv, some with signs of torture.
Ukraine receives missiles from Norway amid warning Mariupol defenders are facing 'last days'
‘I have to go back’: Polish city remains a major hub for Ukrainians fleeing war (and going home)
THE MORNING LEAD
‘I have to go back’: Polish city remains a major hub for Ukrainians fleeing war (and going home)
A report by
Céimin Burke
Volunteers from all over the world are helping the city to handle the crisis.
Przemyśl became a hub for Ukrainian refugees as soon as the war broke out.
The city has adapted its operations to deal with a new phase of the crisis.
Volunteers from all over the world are helping the city cope with the influx of people.
# Medyka
Over 50 days in, things have changed at the main border crossing between Poland and Ukraine
There are now almost as many people returning to Ukraine as there are people fleeing from it, reports Céimin Burke at the Poland-Ukraine border.
There are now large numbers of people returning to Ukraine as well as leaving it
Security is much tighter, with more organisations rather than individuals on the ground
The traffic at the border stretches out of sight filling three lanes, reports Céimin Burke from the border
'Powerful' strikes on Lviv kill seven people as Russia tries to seize full control of Mariupol
'We couldn't imagine how the world let this happen': Nadia's journey from Bucha to Ireland
# mariupol
'Powerful' strikes on Lviv kill seven people as Russia tries to seize full control of Mariupol
Ukraine has pledged to fight on and defend the port city.
THE MORNING LEAD
'We couldn't imagine how the world let this happen': Nadia's journey from Bucha to Ireland
A report by
Lauren Boland
Nadia, a Ukrainian woman who escaped from Bucha, shares her experience of the war and arriving in Ireland.
Nadia Melnychuk moved from Kyiv to Bucha with her husband during the pandemic.
Soon, that town would become internationally known for scenes of devastation and horror under Russian occupation.
Nadia has shared her story of escaping Bucha, travelling to Ireland, and the beauty of the town she had to leave behind.
Joe Biden accuses Putin's forces of 'genocide' in Ukraine for the first time
Housing minister says government will pull 'every lever available' to house Ukrainian refugees
# Persona non Grata
Moscow has ordered 18 members of the EU's diplomatic mission to leave Russia
The European Union decried the move as “unjustified”.
# russian invasion
EU Commissioner McGuinness calls for ‘mature’ debate on Irish neutrality
A freshly released poll shows little support for a change in Ireland’s neutral stance.
# Ukraine
Russia investigated for alleged chemical weapons use as 10,000 believed to have died in Mariupol
In his nightly address, Zelenskyy made another plea to his allies for more weapons.
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.
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”.
Ukraine's Dnipro airport is 'destroyed' in fresh attack from Russia
Zelenskyy: Devastation in Borodyanka 'much more horrific' than Bucha
# Roderic O'Gorman
Number of Ukrainians arriving falls and payment for host families being considered – O'Gorman
Roderic O’Gorman said Ireland won’t be able to accommodate all arrivals in own-room settings.
# russian invasion
Zelenskyy says next few days of war in Ukraine are crucial
In his most recent nightly address, the Ukrainian president accused Russia of trying to evade responsibility for war crimes
AS IT HAPPENED
At least 50 dead in train station attack by Russia as Odessa imposes weekend curfew
Here are all the latest developments in the war in Ukraine.
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
UN votes to suspend Russia from Human Rights Council
'Ireland, Slava Ukraini': Zelenskyy labels Russia a 'colonial empire' in historic address to Oireachtas