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Russia Ukraine war LIVE updates: Ukrainian defenders hold out in Donbas city under heavy fire – Times of India
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Russia Ukraine war LIVE updates: Ukrainian defenders hold out in Donbas city under heavy fire – Times of India 

Russian forces intensified their attacks with barrages of heavy artillery to capture a key Ukrainian city in the southeastern region of Donbas, whose full takeover Moscow’s top diplomat said was now an “unconditional priority”. Stay with TOI for more updates —Read Less
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Ukrainian defenders hold out in Donbas city under heavy fire
Russian forces intensified their attacks with barrages of heavy artillery to capture a key Ukrainian city in the southeastern region of Donbas, whose full takeover Moscow’s top diplomat said was now an “unconditional priority”.
Ukraine, Russia battle in the east as Zelenskyy visits front
Russian and Ukrainian troops traded blows in fierce close-quarter combat Sunday in an eastern Ukrainian city as Moscow’s soldiers, supported by intense shelling, attempted to gain a strategic foothold to conquer the region. Ukraine’s leader made a rare frontline visit to the city of Kharkiv as he sought to assess the strength of the country’s defenses.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Sunday he had fired Kharkiv’s security services chief for “not working on the defence of the city” since the start of Russia’s invasion.

Ukraine President says he fired head of state security service in Kharkiv region for failing to work towards defence of the city in first days of war.

Ukraine President says all critical infrastructure in Sievierodonetsk destroyed

Ukraine President says taking Sievierodonetsk is Russia’s principal aim

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A large plume of dark smoke could be seen rising northeast of the city centre. Kharkiv has been subjected to Russian shelling in recent days after several weeks of relative quiet.

Several loud explosions heard in Ukrainian city of Kharkiv after visit by President Zelenskyy

Zelenskyy visits Ukraine’s east for first time since Russian invasion

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Russia tightens grip on key cities as battle for Donbas rages
The battle for control of the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas raged on Sunday as Russian forces tightened their grip around the key cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk. The situation in Lysychansk had become “significantly worse”, the regional governor of the Lugansk region, Sergiy Gaiday, said on the messaging service, Telegram.
Russian troops storm city amid eastern Ukraine bombardments
Russian and Ukrainian troops engaged in close-quarter combat in an eastern Ukraine city Sunday as Moscow’s soldiers, supported by intense shelling, attempted to gain strategic footholds in the region while facing fierce Ukrainian resistance.
In his daily address to the nation, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says the situation is “very difficult, especially in those areas in the Donbas and Kharkiv regions, where the Russian army is trying to squeeze at least some result for itself”.

Russia pummels hold-out city in east; Ukraine seeks longer-range weapons
Russian forces intensified their assault on the largest city held by Ukrainian forces in the Donbas region in the east on Sunday as Kyiv said it was hopeful longer-range weapons it desperately needs from Western allies could soon arrive. Slow, solid Russian gains in recent days in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas, comprising the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, point to a subtle momentum shift in the war, now in its fourth month.
UNHCR expands operations in Poland to reach refugees from Ukraine amid rising vulnerabilities
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Russian defence ministry says their troops destroyed large arsenal of Ukrainian army in Kryvyi Rih

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