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Mar 17, 2022 06:44 pm

06:44 pm

Russia accused of shelling cultural centre near Kharkiv

The mayor of the eastern city of Merefa has accused Russian troops of shelling a residential area in the city, destroying a school, cultural centre and several private properties.

Veniamin Sitov told local media that the strike occurred around 03:30 local time (01:30 GMT) and said that there were no civilian casualties, but claimed several soldiers had been killed.

"The centre of the culture house was hit, there was nothing left of it," Sitov said.

06:36 pm

UK troops to be deployed to Poland for three to six months

We have some more detail now on news that the UK will deploy its Sabre anti-air missile system to Nato ally Poland, along with 100 troops.

The troops are to be sent on a short deployment of three to six months.

06:28 pm

Zelensky gives German MPs a painful reminder of history

Ukraine's president was given a standing ovation for his 10-minute address to Germany's parliament, the Bundestag, even though he delivered some sharp words to his audience.

Appealing to MPs to help stop Russia's war, he drew on Germany's own experience, both from World War Two and the fall of Communism.

He spoke of the 108 children killed since the invasion began and said every year politicians remembered the Holocaust and said "never again - and now we see those words are worthless".

Ukraine had repeatedly turned to Germany before the war to limit economic ties with Russia, he reminded MPs, but instead Berlin had helped Russia erect a wall "between freedom and bondage". "Tear down this wall," he said.

05:58 pm

Ukraine war could hit global growth, OECD warns

The war in Ukraine could cut global economic growth by more than one percentage point in the first year after the invasion, according to a new report.

The Organisation for Economic Development (OECD) says the impact could also cause a "deep recession" in Russia if it is sustained.

05:32 pm

'Not all Russians are like this' - TV anti-war journalist

05:23 pm

Missile deployment shows we will defend friends - Wallace

Speaking about the deployment of Sky Sabre, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace pointed out it was the UK's newest medium-range air defence missile.

In December, the government announced it was replacing the Rapier system.

05:16 pm

The Kremlin has said Russia's negotiators are putting colossal energy into talks to reach a potential peace deal with Ukraine.

05:05 pm

Truss praises 'incredible' response from UK public towards refugees

Liz Truss says more than 100,000 people have signed up to be part of the government's Homes for Ukraine scheme.

04:46 pm

UK didn't do enough to stop Putin before - Truss

The West "didn't do enough early enough" to stop Vladimir Putin, Liz Truss tells BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour - dating back to his actions in the Donbas region in Ukraine and in Syria.

04:39 pm

What is the missile system the UK is deploying in Poland?

We heard a moment ago from UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, who said the UK was deploying the Sky Sabre anti-air missile system to Poland, along with 100 troops, to protect Polish airspace from "further aggression by Russia".

04:34 pm

'We cannot take peace and security for granted' - Stoltenberg

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has been speaking at a news conference in Berlin with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Stoltenberg told reporters that "President Putin's war against Ukraine has shattered peace and shocked the world".

04:26 pm

UK protecting Polish airspace from Russian aggression - UK defence secretary

More now on news the UK will deploy the Sky Sabre missile system and 100 troops in Poland.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace made the announcement on Thursday during a visit to Warsaw.

04:22 pm

UK to deploy missile system in Poland and 100 troops

The UK is to deploy the Sky Sabre missile system in Poland, along with 100 troops, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has said.

04:18 pm

'Strong evidence' Putin is a 'war criminal' - Truss

UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss says there is "very, very strong evidence" that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "war criminal".

US President Joe Biden described Russian leader Vladimir Putin as such in a move likely to escalate diplomatic tensions even further.

04:11 pm

Sanctions won't deter Putin, oligarch warns

One of Russia's wealthiest oligarch's has said that sanctions will not deter Vladimir Putin from continuing with his invasion of Ukraine, warning the West that it is failing to understand how power in Moscow works.

04:02 pm

Mariupol theatre strike appears targeted, says UK minister

03:55 pm

West should not be 'distracted' by peace talks - ex-UK army chief

03:38 pm

Putin fighting on all fronts as invasion falters

02:37 pm

Help came too late, Zelensky tells German politicians

01:30 pm

Ukraine hopes to open humanitarian corridor from Mariupol

01:21 pm

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific no longer sending flights through Russian airspace

01:12 pm

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said that he expects to see a "bigger wave of refugees" arriving in the country next week from Ukraine.

12:41 pm

Polish minister latest to condemn Putin as a 'war criminal'

12:32 pm

Educational building in Merefa shelled - Ukraine emergency services

12:16 pm

Zelensky to address German parliament on Thursday

12:06 pm

Mariupol theatre attack shows Russians 'like taste of blood' - Mykolaiv mayor

The mayor of the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv has condemned the Russian attack on a theatre on Mariupol, calling it a source of great grief.

11:54 am

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russia of intentionally bombing a theatre in the besieged city of Mariupol where hundreds of people were hiding from shelling.

11:53 am

Russian invasion 'has stalled on all fronts'- UK

11:35 am

Russia focus on targeting civilians from air as ground operations fail: Ukraine

Russian bombs continue to fall on civilian populations in Ukraine, according to the General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces.

10:49 am

Japan spots Russian warships possibly heading for Ukraine

Four large Russian warfare ships have been spotted sailing close to the Japanese islands of Honshu and Hokkaido as they travelled West, possibly towards Europe, Reuters reports.

UN Security Council to meet on Thursday

An emergency meeting of the UN Security Council is set to be held on Thursday to address the escalating humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

10:03 am

Tens of thousands fleeing under-attack Mariupol

06:40 am

Archbishop Welby urges Russian Patriarch to 'speak for peace'

The Archbishop of Canterbury has urged the head of the Russian Orthodox Church “to join him in speaking for peace in public” in the pair’s first known conversation since the war began.

Patriarch Kirill is the head of the Russian Orthodox Church and a close ally of the Russian president Vladimir Putin.

05:14 am

US to supply 100 'killer drones' to Ukraine - reports

05:20 am

US 'warns Russia against using chemical or biological weapons'

The US says it has warned Russia of "consequences and implications of any possible Russian decision to use chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine".

Joe Biden's National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan spoke over the phone on Wednesday with the secretary of the Russian Security Council, General Nikolay Patrushev.

05:12 am

Russian ballerina who criticised war quits Bolshoi

04:56 am

Russia using older, less precise weapons, says UK

The UK's Ministry of Defence has released its latest update on Russia's military, saying that it has probably had to resort to using older and less precise weapons, which are more likely to result in civilian casualties.

04:33 am

The mayor of Melitopol, who was reportedly kidnapped by Russian forces five days ago, was freed after Ukraine agreed to exchange nine captured Russian soldiers for him, according to a senior Ukrainian presidential aide.

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