In the third month of Russia’s war against Ukraine, fighting continues in the country’s east and south, with Putin’s forces struggling to make significant progress.
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Saturday’s key points:
- Reports suggest Ukraine is on the verge of victory around Kharkiv, the country’s second largest city.
- The Russian military has likely decided to withdraw from the area in the face of Ukrainian counteroffensives and reinforcement problems, says the Institute for the Study of War.
- “The main activity of the enemy in the Kharkiv region was the withdrawal of its units from the city of Kharkiv,” said a Ukrainian military spokesman, quoted by AFP.
- The head of Ukraine’s military intelligence has predicted that the majority of fighting in the country will be over by the end of the year.
- President Zelenskyy however said although Ukrainians are doing everything they can to drive out the Russians, “no one today can predict how long this war will last”.
- US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin called for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine when he spoke by phone to his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu on Friday for the first time since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Pentagon said.
- A move by Finland and, potentially, Sweden to join NATO was thrown into question when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country is “not of a favourable opinion” toward the idea.
- G7 foreign ministers meeting in Germany backed giving Ukraine more aid and arms. The EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell announced a further €500 million in military support that should be approved next week by EU members.
Good morning, this is Alasdair Sandford with Saturday’s updates on the war in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion.
For a summary of Friday’s developments, click here.