Latest Ukraine-Russia news: Zelensky warns that Putin will attack NATO next time

‘I’m not hiding’: Zelensky back in his Kiev office for the first time since the invasion

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky returned to his Kyiv office on Monday night, saying he is “not hiding” from anyone and will stay in Ukraine as long as necessary to win the war Russia has started.

It was Mr Zelensky’s first visit to his office in the capital since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.

Nighttime attacks and shelling continued in parts of Ukraine, including Kyiv and Sumy, and Kyiv’s suburb of Bucha faced heavy artillery fire last night, mayor said Anatoly Fedoruk.

“Dogs separate the bodies in the streets of the city. It’s a nightmare,” he said.

To the west, tens of thousands of people in Lviv face starvation and homelessness, the city’s mayor has announced.

Russia’s advance has slowed but is on track to storm Kiev, Ukraine’s military said on Monday after a third round of talks between the two countries broke down.

But the Ukrainian Defense Forces claim to have killed another senior Russian military official, Major General Vitaly Gerasimov.

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Shell will stop buying Russian oil and gas and close gas stations

Energy giant Shell said it would stop buying Russian oil and natural gas and close gas stations in the country.

He also apologized for buying Russian crude oil last week.

You can read the full story below.

Laurie ChurchmanMarch 8, 2022 11:07 a.m.

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Watch the US Secretary of State’s Ukraine Crisis Briefing Live with the Prime Minister of Estonia

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken holds a joint press conference with Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas.

He is expected to assure the Baltic nation that NATO and the Biden administration will help protect their security if Russia expands its military operation beyond Ukraine.

Mr Blinken visited Lithuania and Latvia yesterday.

Watch live as Blinken holds Ukraine crisis briefing with Estonian Prime Minister

Laurie ChurchmanMarch 8, 2022 10:53 am

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Watch: UK Defense Secretary says Russia has ‘built a trap’ in Ukraine

Russia ‘has built itself a trap’ in Ukraine and ‘is getting desperate’, says Ben Wallace

Laurie ChurchmanMarch 8, 2022 10:47 a.m.

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Ukraine says 12,000 Russian soldiers killed

Ukraine says 12,000 Russian troops have been killed in the conflict so far.

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry tweeted a graph showing what it said were Russia’s military losses – including 48 aircraft, 303 tanks and 1,036 armored vehicles.

Russia has confirmed that around 500 of its soldiers have been killed.

Laurie ChurchmanMarch 8, 2022 10:28

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Two million refugees have left Ukraine

Two million refugees have now fled Ukraine, according to the UN.

It is the fastest exodus that Europe has known since the Second World War.

Laurie ChurchmanMarch 8, 2022 10:10 a.m.

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Russia says it ‘understands’ North Korea’s decision to renew missile launches

Russia says it understands North Korea’s decision to renew frequent missile launches, according to a Russian foreign ministry official quoted by the RIA news agency.

Pyotr Ilyichyov, head of the International Organizations Division at the Foreign Ministry, said there was an increase in military cooperation between the United States and South Korea when North Korea suspended testing of missiles, reports Reuters.

Ilyichyov also suggested that there was no reason to resume denuclearization talks because the United States had chosen to go down the sanctions route against North Korea.

North Korea launched a ballistic missile into the sea during a resumption of weapons testing in late February, and launched another last Saturday.

It tested a record number of missiles in January, including the largest since 2017.

Laurie ChurchmanMarch 8, 2022 09:52

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Foreign students evacuated from the besieged city of Sumy

Foreign students trapped in the besieged city of Sumy are among those being evacuated today, according to Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister.

More than 1,200 international students were stuck in the city amid heavy shelling, enduring terrible conditions.

A ceasefire for the evacuation of civilians is underway. Those leaving will travel to the Ukrainian city of Poltava, 175 km to the south.

Many students come from Nigeria, while others come from South Africa, Ghana, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Ireland, India and Turkey.

As Nadine White reports below, they desperately wanted to leave.

Laurie ChurchmanMarch 8, 2022 09:22

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British Defense Secretary: Occupying Ukraine is ‘an impossible task’ and will mark ‘the end of Putin’

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has said occupying Ukraine is an “impossible task” for Russia and will spell the “end” of Vladimir Putin.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, the minister said: “The cost to Putin is not just in the invasion, it will be in the decades of occupation which I don’t think he will can bear.”

He claimed Russian forces were “already depleted” and suggested Putin had underestimated the number of troops he would need.

He said, “It will be the end of Putin, this country. And it should be so, not only because of their spirit and moral component, they have their side — the Ukrainians — but also because it will be an impossible task to occupy such a people and such a country”.

Laurie ChurchmanMarch 8, 2022 09:02

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Ceasefire for the evacuation of civilians in the Ukrainian city of Sumy

A ceasefire for the evacuation of civilians is underway in the city of Sumy, in the northeast of the country.

Russia and Ukraine have agreed to form a humanitarian corridor from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time (7 a.m. to 7 p.m. GMT), Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said.

The evacuees will travel to the Ukrainian city of Poltava, 175 km to the south.

Sumy was heavily shelled – nine people were reported killed yesterday.

The city is partially surrounded by the Russian army.

Laurie ChurchmanMarch 8, 2022 08:37

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UK Defense Secretary: Russia ‘off schedule’ in Ukraine

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was “far off schedule” and its indiscriminate bombardment of civilians shows the military is growing “desperate”.

He said the Kremlin had “built a trap” for itself by waging war and uniting the international community against Russia.

Mr Wallace stressed that the country’s military faced “real logistical problems”.

Laurie ChurchmanMarch 8, 2022 08:19

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