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# Ukraine

27th March 2023
# Belarus
Russian missiles pound city of Sloviansk as British tanks arrive in Ukraine
The tanks are expected to be involved in any spring counter-offensive launched by Ukraine.
This week
26th March 2023 - 28th March 2023
# Nuclear Weapons
NATO says Russia plans for tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus is ‘dangerous and irresponsible’
Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday announced the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons to ally Belarus.
Last week
19th March 2023 - 25th March 2023
# bakhmut
Ukraine says seven-month battle for Bakhmut is ‘stabilising’
The battle for Bakhmut, where Russian forces have closed in on three sides, is the longest clash of the war.
# Ukraine War
United Nations accuses both Russian and Ukrainian forces of 'summary executions' of prisoners
The head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine said her organisation had recently recorded killings by both sides.
# POWs
UN accuses both Russia and Ukraine of 'summary executions' of prisoners
The report also accused Russia and Ukraine of torturing, threatening and beating prisoners.
# security policy
Tánaiste Micheál Martin is ‘developing proposals’ around Ireland’s neutrality
Speaking at an EU leaders’ summit in Brussels, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said stakeholders and the public will be consulted in a ‘meaningful way’.
# Ukraine
Zelenskyy pleads for jets and missiles after visit to frontline in Kherson
Zelenskyy said local authorities were restoring electricity in a village in the southern region still partly controlled by Russia.
# Ukraine
Zelenskyy visits frontline near Bakhmut following night of missile and drone attacks
At least one person was killed in Zaporizhzhia while the death toll from a separate drone attack on a school near Kyiv rose to seven.
# Russian visit
Putin and Xi hail 'new era' of ties in united front against West on second day of visit
The Chinese president invited his Russian counterpart to visit China this year.
# Russian visit
Putin tells Xi Jinping Russia is ready to discuss China's plan to end Ukraine war during talks
The Chinese president’s three-day trip serves as a show of support for Putin after the International Criminal Court issued a warrant for his arrest.
# Support
Taoiseach pledges 'continued support and solidarity' to Ukraine in phone call with Zelenskyy
The Ukrainian president thanked Ireland for its ongoing support of his country during the call.
# War Crimes
Ireland to offer Garda assistance to prosecutors probing Russian war crimes in Ukraine
The funding totals €3 million and there is also an offer of forensic science and garda investigators.
# Ukraine
Ukrainian authorities slam 'criminal' Putin for Mariupol visit
The Russian leader took a tour of the city and was seen driving a car.
This month
March 2023
# War in Ukraine
Russian attacks on Ukraine continue in wake of Putin arrest warrant
The ICC said it was issuing the warrant for Putin’s arrest over the alleged abduction and deportation of thousands of Ukrainian children.
# Ukraine War
ICC issues arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin over alleged war crimes in Ukraine
Putin is allegedly responsible for the war crime of unlawful deportation of children.
# mig-29
Slovakia joins Poland in donating jets to Ukraine
Providing Ukraine with fighter jets has been seen as a controversial move even among the country’s allies.
# War in Ukraine
Rumoured talks between Zelenskyy and Xi may be sign of 'wider support' for Ukraine, Ryan says
Chinese President Xi Jinping is also due to travel to Russia next week to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin
Poland to become first Nato member to send fighter jets to Ukraine
Ukraine has repeatedly asked its Western allies to send warplanes but so far no countries had committed to give jets to Kyiv.
# Black Sea collision
US tells Russia it will fly aircraft 'wherever international law allows' following drone crash
American forces brought down the unmanned drone after an encounter with Russian jets near Ukraine.
# Ukraine
Ukrainian troops shoot down Russian fighter amid ongoing battle to defend Bakhmut
Both sides claimed successes in what has become the longest-running battle since Russia launched its invasion over a year ago.
# Black Sea collision
What is known about the US-Russia military air crash over the Black Sea?
US and Russian officials had conflicting accounts of the collision between the MQ-9 Reaper drone and the Russian Su-27 fighter jet.
# the liberator
Eamon Ryan quotes Daniel O'Connell as he reiterates support for Ukraine on Asian TV
Ryan spoke with CNBC Asia overnight, saying that Ireland was not neutral on the war in Ukraine.
# Black sea
US blasts 'reckless and unsafe' Russian jet collision with American drone
US officials have condemned the incident as ‘unprofessional’ and potentially leading to ‘miscalculation & unintended escalation’.
# Ukraine
Martin: Ireland is supporting ICC as it prepares to open cases against Russians
Speaking on CNN while in the US, the Tánaiste said Ireland has provided additional funding to the ICC and other agencies.
# Kramatorsk
Russia forced to 'ration' shells amid ammo shortage as missile hits apartment in eastern Ukraine
Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that six apartment buildings were damaged in the blast and rescue efforts were continuing.
# Chisinau
Moldova subject to Russian 'hybrid warfare' but not in 'imminent military danger'
A string of anti-government protests erupted over the weekend in the small ex-Soviet nation.
# Ukraine
Fierce fighting rages in long-running battle for control of Bakhmut as Russia claims progress
Analysts are divided over the strategic significance of Bakhmut as a military prize but the city has gained important political stature.
# Moldova
Moldovan police say they foiled Russia-backed plot to cause 'mass disorder' during protest
The protest was against the country’s new pro-Western government.
# Invasion
Russian advance on key Ukrainian city of Bakhmut appears to stall
The fight for the city is the longest ground battle of the war.
# bakhmut
Russian advance may encounter heavy losses as Ukrainian snipers create 'killing zone’
UK military officials said Russian forces have made progress in the frontline hotspot of Bakhmut.bakhmut thejournal.
# Gostomel
Ukraine detains two former officials over preventing defence of world's largest plane
Russia destroyed the world’s largest plane in the early days of its invasion of Ukraine.
# Refugees
'I cried with my daughter': Ukrainians given four days to leave Dublin hotel and find new school
Two sisters with five, eight, and sixteen year old children are being moved across Dublin after living in a hotel for the last year.
# dublin meeting
US team meets Irish diplomats as part of bid to restart engagement with Russia on nuclear deal
The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that the meeting took place on Tuesday in Dublin.
# Ukraine
Nine people killed as Russia pounds Ukraine with massive barrage of missiles
The strikes cut off electricity supplies to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.
A total of 81 missiles were launched, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
40% of the population had been left without power for several hours.
Tom Clonan: At a horrendous human cost, Putin is throwing the 'kitchen sink' at Bakhmut
# Ukraine
NATO chief warns Ukrainian city of Bakhmut may fall 'in coming days'
The industrial town in eastern Ukraine has been devastated by the longest battle since Russia’s invasion.
# Ukraine
EU defence chiefs to discuss arming Ukraine as Bakhmut fighting rages
Pressure has been mounting on Ukrainian troops trying to hold the town against Russian soldiers.
Tom Clonan: At a horrendous human cost, Putin is throwing the 'kitchen sink' at Bakhmut
The fall of the city – and its destruction – would be presented as a ‘victory’ for the Kremlin, security analyst Tom Clonan writes.
# Russia
Ukraine vows revenge for soldier shot after saying pro-Ukraine chant in viral video
Viral footage apparently shows a detained Ukrainian soldier being shot to death from multiple automatic weapons after saying ‘Glory to Ukraine’.
# russian invasion
Russia says capturing eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut is key to 'further offensive'
The battle for Bakhmut is now the longest-running and bloodiest of Russia’s military offence in Ukraine.
# eurovision 2023
Fancy heading to the Eurovision in Liverpool? The scramble for tickets begins today
You must have a Ticketmaster UK account to purchase tickets and fans are encouraged to create their account in advance.