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Ukraine-Russia war – live: Three children among seven killed as Russian drone strikes petrol station

Ukrainian troops shot down the Russian aircraft in eastern Ukraine near the city of Avdiivka, Kyiv claimed

Alexander Butler,Joe Middleton
Saturday 10 February 2024 10:37 GMT
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Moment Russian plane carrying Ukrainian prisoners of war appears to crash

At least seven people, including three children, have been killed overnight after a Russian drone hit a petrol station in the north-eastern city of Kharkiv.

The strike caused a massive fire that burned down 15 private houses, while 50 people were evacuated as emergency workers tackled the blaze.

It comes as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sacked army chief Valeriy Zaluzhny and replaced him with Oleksandr Syrsky.

It follows days of speculation that Zelensky was considering dismissing Zaluzhny, who is seen by many Ukrainians as a national hero for overseeing the war effort since February 2022.

“We discussed what renewal the Armed Forces of Ukraine need. We also discussed who could be in the renewed leadership of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The time for this renewal is now,” Zelensky’s statement said on Telegram.

In other developments, Ukrainian troops have shot down a Russian attack helicopter in eastern Ukraine near the city of Avdiivka as soldiers step up street fighting, Kyiv claimed.

Meanwhile, Russian forces launched the second largest combined drone and missile strike on Ukraine this year with around 64 munitions hitting the country, according to a US think tank.

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Ukraine launches new branch of armed forces dedicated exclusively to drones

Ukraine launches new branch of armed forces dedicated exclusively to drones

Ukraine has ‘truly changed security situation in Black Sea with help of drones’, says Zelensky

Alexander Butler8 February 2024 18:30
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How IKEA is trying to stop Russian copycats during Putin’s war

How IKEA is trying to stop Russian copycats during Putin’s war

Brands are being imitated across Russia, from KFC to Starbucks

Alexander Butler8 February 2024 17:30
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Army chief Zaluzhny sacked by Zelensky in major military shake-up

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has sacked army chief Valeriy Zaluzhny and replaced him with Oleksandr Syrsky.

It follows days of speculation that Zelensky was considering dismissing Zaluzhnyf, who is seen by many Ukrainians as a national hero for overseeing the war effort since February 2022.

“We discussed what renewal the Armed Forces of Ukraine need. We also discussed who could be in the renewed leadership of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The time for this renewal is now,” Zelensky’s statement said on Telegram.

In a separate statement, Zaluzhny said he had an “important and serious conversation” with Zelensky and that a decision had been made to change battlefield tactics and strategy.

“The tasks of 2022 are different from the tasks of 2024. Therefore, everyone must change and adapt to new realities as well. To win together too,” his statement said on Telegram messenger.

Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi, who has led Ukraine’s ground forces since 2019, was promoted to commander of the armed forces on Thursday as the war with Russia nears its third year.

Joe Middleton8 February 2024 17:06
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Britain extends tariff-free trade with Ukraine for another five years

Britain extends tariff-free trade with Ukraine for five years

Extended deal applicable on almost all goods, according to the British government

Alexander Butler8 February 2024 16:30
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Who is Boris Nadezhdin? The Russian presidential challenger banned from running against Putin

Who is Boris Nadezhdin? The Russian challenger banned from running against Putin

Boris Nadezhdin, 60, says he doesn’t know why the Kremlin have not arrested him yet for opposing Vladimir Putin

Alexander Butler8 February 2024 15:30
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Russian anti-war Putin critic says he has been banned from presidential election

Russian anti-war Putin critic says he has been banned from presidential election

Boris Nadezhdin has been running a last-minute campaign to get on the ballot for the March vote – one that Vladimir Putin is expected to win easily given his iron grip on the country after more than two decades in power

Alexander Butler8 February 2024 14:30
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Belarusian special forces looking for Ukrainian informants

Belarus has been increasingly targeting Ukrainians living in the country over the last month and is actively “looking for informants”, Ukraine’s National Resistance Centre claimed.

The organisation, which is part of Kyiv’s Special Operations Forces, said cases of Ukrainians being summoned for questioning in Belarus had “become more frequent”.

“The Belarusian special services are looking for informants among Ukrainians and plan, on the contrary, to involve them in cooperation,” it said.

Alexander Butler8 February 2024 13:30
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Ukrainian troops shoot down Russian attack helicopter, Kyiv claims

Ukrainian troops have shot down a Russian attack helicopter in eastern Ukraine near the city of Avdiivka as soldiers step up street fighting, Kyiv claimed.

Troops used a portable anti-aircraft missile to take down the Ka-52 Alligator aircraft, according to commander Oleksandr Tarnavskyi.

It comes after the UK ministry of defence said Avdiivka remained the primary focus of Russian operations with offensive pressure highly likely to continue over the next few weeks.

“Over the past four weeks, approximately 600 guided munitions have been launched against Ukrainian positions in Avdiivka from tactical aircraft,” the MoD said.

“Russian sorties increased guided aerial munitions strikes from 30 to 50 per day on 5 February 2024, an increase of 66 per cent over the last two weeks.”

Alexander Butler8 February 2024 13:06
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Ten Ukrainian attacks ‘repelled’ and up to 290 troops killed or wounded, Russia claims

Putin’s troops have repelled 10 Ukrainian attacks over Russian-occupied Donetsk, according to Moscow’s defence ministry.

The ministry said units had also killed or wounded up to 290 members of Ukraine’s military.

It said Russian forces had taken “more advantageous lines and positions” and “hit clusters of manpower and hardware” along defence brigades in the region.

Alexander Butler8 February 2024 13:00
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Italy to help repair roof of Ukraine's Odesa cathedral

Italy will help with the rebuilding of a cathedral in the Ukrainian city of Odesa that was badly damaged by a missile strike last year, the Italian foreign ministry said.

Italy and UNESCO signed an agreement in Kyiv to provide 500 million euros ($539 million) towards the restoration of the roof of Odesa’s Spaso-Preobrazhenskyi Cathedral, or Transfiguration Cathedral.

“Italy is very committed, through its institutions and its industrial capacity, to the reconstruction of Ukraine,” ambassador Pier Francesco Zazo said.

Italy will help rebuild Ukraine’s Transfiguration Cathedral which has been damaged by Russian attacks (Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
Alexander Butler8 February 2024 12:30

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