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It comes as Russian vehicles head towards the capital, Kyiv, with satellite images showing a convoy up to 40 miles long heading towards the city. According to the Interfax news agency, the National Agency for Protection against Corruption (NAPC) has confirmed that anyone who comes into possession of Russian military equipment will not have to file a report to update the changes in the declarations of property within the typical ten-day period.

The NAPC said: “Have you captured a Russian tank or armored personnel carrier and wondering how to report it?

“Keep calm and continue to defend the Fatherland!”

“It is not necessary to declare captured Russian tanks and other equipment, because the cost of this […] does not exceed 100 living wages (248,100 UAH).”

They added that, “speaking to the letter of the law, fight trophies are not subject to consideration in the statement.”

They stipulated that such a vehicle or weapon acquired by a Ukrainian citizen would not be in his possession “as a result of the conclusion of any type of transaction”.

Rather, it would be “in connection with the large-scale aggression of the Russian Federation on February 24, 2022 against the independent and sovereign Ukrainian state as a follow-up to the Russian Federation’s insidious attack on Ukraine launched in 2014 .

“Thanks to the courage and victory of the defenders of the Ukrainian state, enemy military equipment usually comes to you already destroyed and deactivated, which makes it impossible to assess it according to the law on property assessment, property rights and professional assessment activities in Ukraine.

“Therefore, it is also impossible to know how much such a property costs.”

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The television tower, reaching 1,300ft, was surrounded by explosions on Tuesday afternoon and was built by a memorial site for a Nazi massacre.

Ukraine has accused Russia of a “barbaric” attack, using rockets to kill five civilians who were walking near the memorial.

In September 1941, Nazi Germany soldiers executed tens of thousands of people in the woods near the memorial.

Referring to the attack, Mr Zelensky said: “This strike proves that for many people in Russia, our Kiev is absolutely foreign.

“They don’t know anything about Kiev, about our history.

“But they’re all under orders to erase our history, erase our country, erase us all.”

Mr Zelensky also claimed that nearly 6,000 Russian soldiers had been killed in the first six days of the invasion and that Ukraine would not fall under attack from Moscow.

Reports claim that Russian troops have now entered Ukraine’s second largest city, Kharkiv, after heavy shelling of residential areas in the city.

Ukrainian security services said the soldiers landed in Kharkiv around 3 a.m. local time.

On Wednesday, Kharkiv Regional Governor Oleg Synegubo said at least 21 people had been killed and 112 injured in shelling in Kharkiv over the past 24 hours.

Christi C. Elwood