Russia-Ukraine war at a glance: what we know on day 630 | Ukraine
Greater losses inflicted on Russian forces near Avdiivka will make Russia’s overall position worse in its conduct of the war, Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has said. Russian forces were losing men and equipment faster around Avdiivka than they did during months of battles near Bakhmut, he said.
The Russian army has “eliminated” almost all Ukrainian literature in the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk, Gyunduz Mamedov, a former deputy prosecutor general of Ukraine, wrote on X.
The EU will miss its target of supplying Ukraine with 1m artillery shells and missiles by next March, the German defence minister has said. Boris Pistorius’s comments, the first public admission by a senior European minister that the target would not be met, were made before a summit of EU defence ministers in Brussels on Wednesday.
The German arms manufacturer Rheinmetall will supply Ukraine with 25 Leopard 1A5 main battle tanks as part of an order paid for by the German government, the company has said, according to the Kyiv Independent.
Ukraine and Britain have agreed to discounts on insurance against military risks for Ukrainian exports, including through the Black Sea corridor, the Ukrainian prime minister, Denys Shmyhal, has said. “This will make the Black Sea corridor more accessible to a wider range of exporters.”
Russia has sentenced a man to six years in prison for vandalising posters of Russian soldiers decorated as “heroes” for fighting in Ukraine, AFP reported.
Ukrainian forces have secured a foothold on the east bank of the Dnipro River in southern Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s chief of staff was quoted as saying. Andriy Yermak’s remarks were the first official acknowledgment that Ukrainian troops were established on the Dnipro’s east bank in Kherson region.
A top Ukrainian military official said Russian troops were increasing the use of kamikaze drones. The head of Ukraine’s ground forces, Gen Oleksandr Syrskyi, said that Russia, despite high losses, has been attacking Ukrainian positions near Kupiansk.
Serhiy Lysak, the governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region, said Russia hit the Nikopol region 11 times on Tuesday, using kamikaze drones and artillery. He wrote on Telegram that the district centre was most heavily targeted and that a 26-year-old man died.
The former detective Sergei Khadzhikurbanov, convicted for his role in the 2006 killing of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, has been pardoned after fighting in Ukraine, his lawyer has said.