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# Volodymyr Zelenskyy

This week
1st October 2023 - 4th October 2023
Tánaiste warns Russia will try to ‘freeze' Ukraine this winter by bombing energy infrastructure
Micheál Martin said ‘people are conscious of what happened last year’, when Russia was accused of a campaign to weaponise the coming winter cold.
Last month
September 2023
Poland halts weapon transfers to Ukraine amid diplomatic row over grain imports
The grain issue is particularly sensitive in Poland, where elections take place next month.
Ukraine president says Vladimir Putin killed Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin
Prigozhin, the head of the Wagner mercenary group, died with nine other people when a plane flying from Moscow to Saint Petersburg crashed on 23 August.
'Evil' Russian strike on market in Ukraine's Donetsk region kills 17 people
Ukraine’s prime minister said a child was among the dead.
Ukraine parliament approves Rustem Umerov as new defence minister
In his first comments in the new role, Umerov vowed to recapture all territory under Russian military control.
This year
Six killed after Russia mounts huge missile and drone attack against Ukraine
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the attack ‘says everything about Russian aggression’.
Russia has no red lines to prevent attacks on nuclear plant, says Ukraine's energy minister
The Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant was seized by Russia in March 2022.
Zelenskyy says Ukrainian counteroffensive is advancing as he visits Prague for talks
The Ukrainian president also made an official visit to Sofia to discuss Nato membership and weapons deliveries with Bulgaria.
Zelenskyy meets Greta Thunberg, Mary Robinson to address war’s effect on Ukraine’s ecology
Thunberg denounced the ecological havoc caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Tom Clonan: Ukraine must now use the summer to mount its counter-offensive and push Putin back
Independent senator and defence analyst Tom Clonan examines what will happen as Ukraine launches its counter-offensive.
Volodymyr Zelensky denies Ukraine was behind Nord Stream gas pipelines blast
The Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines, built to carry natural gas from Russia to Germany, were rocked by underwater explosions on 26 September.
Ukraine denies that Russia repelled its counteroffensive in Donetsk
Ukraine has for months said it is preparing a major counteroffensive, hoping to reclaim territory lost since Russia launched its invasion.
At least 500 Ukrainian children killed in war, says Zelenskyy
The Ukrainian president was speaking after a two-year-old girl was killed in the city of Dnipro.
Ukraine is 'ready' for counter-offensive, says Zelenskyy but major casualties feared
Ukraine has said it is preparing for a major offensive against Moscow’s occupation forces for months.
Wagner mercenary group says it is leaving its positions in Bakhmut to regular Russian army
‘We are withdrawing units from Bakhmut today. We are handing over positions to the military, ammunition and everything,’ Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin said.
Zelenksyy calls out Arab leaders for supporting Russia after Assad's return to the Arab League
This meeting marks the return of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – a staunch Russian ally.
Zelenskyy thanks Council of Europe for 'damages register' and calls for additional fighter jets
He also called on leaders to support Ukraine’s ‘peace formula’.
Zelensky meets Sunak as UK promises extra military aid for Ukraine
Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky met Rishi Sunak at Chequers for talks on the response to the Russian invasion.
Ukraine shoots down 35 drones over Kyiv as Russian attacks kill three people
The Ukrainian Defence Ministry said that Russia shelled 127 targets across the country using a vast amounts of equipment.
Ukraine downs hypersonic Russian missile in 'historic' first
The Ukraine Air Force said the missile was shot down with a Patriot air-defence system
Ukraine launches investigation into unverified video appearing to show soldier being beheaded
The video purportedly shows a Ukrainian prisoner of war being decapitated.
Zelenskyy meets Polish president in Warsaw on rare state visit
The Ukrainian president and his wife Olena’s visit is meant as a gesture of thanks to Poland for supporting Ukraine’s defence.
Zelenskyy says Ukraine 'will never forgive' on Bucha anniversary as Belarus warns of nuclear war
In the days following the Russian withdrawal from Bucha on this day last year, the horrors inflicted on the town began to come to light.
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.
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.
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.
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
Kyiv denies Putin claim that Ukrainian soldiers entered Russia
A Ukrainian official denied the allegation saying: ‘Russia wants to scare its people to justify the attack on another country’.
Zelenskyy plans to meet China's Xi Jinping after Beijing calls for urgent peace talks
Zelenskyy also said he was doing his best to prevent Chinese arms supplies to Russia to avoid any risk of ‘World War III’.
'The world stands with you': Biden pledges more military aid to Ukraine on surprise Kyiv visit
Joe Biden confirmed new sanctions would be brought forward by the US against Russia.
Russia unleashes missile and drone strikes in eastern and southern Ukraine
Russian forces launched 71 cruise missiles, 35 S-300 missiles and seven Shahed drones since last night.
Wartime leader Zelenskyy tours Europe in search of fighter jets but will his calls be answered?
The Ukrainian leader will be hoping his in-person appearance pays dividends.
The Ukrainian President arrived in Brussels with French President Emmanuel Macron.
Zelenskyy reiterated his intention to have Ukraine join the European Union.
EU prepares more Russia sanctions as Kremlin readies offensive
Hailed as a hero at EU summit, Zelenskyy urges faster arms supplies
The Ukrainian President is due to hold a series of bilateral meetings this afternoon.
EU parliament greets Zelenskyy with cheers as Ukrainian president wraps up European tour
A report by
Tadgh McNally
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is due to attend his first EU summit since he was re-appointed in December.
Zelensky arrives in Paris on first visit since Russian invasion
The Ukrainian president has urged the UK and Western allies to provide ‘wings for freedom’ by supplying his air force with advanced jets.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed UK parliament this afternoon
Zelenskyy then travelled to Buckingham Palace for his audience with the King
The UK has also announced new sanctions targeting those who have helped Russian president Vladimir Putin build his personal wealth
Russian missiles kill 11 in Ukraine as Moscow says tank deliveries 'direct involvement' in war
Ukraine’s Western allies, including Germany and the US, yesterday promised to provide Kyiv with modern tanks.
Ukraine earlier said it shot down more than a dozen Russian missiles launched towards Kyiv.
Ukraine's Western allies, including Germany and the US, yesterday promised to provide Kyiv with modern tanks.
The Kremlin said today that the decision by Western countries to supply Ukraine with modern tanks meant that they were party to the conflict.
US along with Germany and Norway announce tanks for Ukraine as battle intensifies
Tom Clonan: How Leopard 2 tanks could give Ukrainian forces a 'dramatic advantage'
Senior Ukrainian officials quit amid corruption crackdown
Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office, resigned, along with deputy defence minister Viacheslav Shapovalov.
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.
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.
Taoiseach invited to visit Ukraine by Zelenskyy following first call
The call between the two leaders took place this evening.