Ukraine says Russia is creating a strike force aimed at President Zelenskyy's hometown of Kryvyi Rih and could be preparing new attacks in southern Ukraine as fighting enters 162nd day.
The British defence ministry says the move shows Russian forces are under pressure and that the mercenaries are unlikely to make up for the loss of regular infantry units.
Russia targets Kiev and Chernihiv regions and redeploys troops to the south, with the Ukrainian military continuing its counter-offensive in the occupied southern region of Kherson.
President Zelenskyy fires his chief prosecutor and head of the country's security agency amid a high number of cases of suspected treason by Ukrainian law enforcement officials.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov storms out of talks with other G20 foreign ministers in Indonesia as Western powers criticise Moscow over its offensive against Ukraine, where fighting has entered the 135th day.
President Vladimir Putin orders Russian troops to press their offensive deeper into the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine after Moscow's forces seized the strategic city of Lysychansk in an ongoing offensive – now in its 132nd day.
In a meeting with the IOC President Thomas Bach, Ukraine's President Zelenskyy praises the body for taking action against Russia and Belarus amid ongoing conflict in the country.
The group has urged Moscow to allow grain shipments to leave Ukraine and let Ukrainians taken to Russia against their will to return home.
Ukraine predicts Russia will escalate its attacks this week as EU leaders consider whether to back Kiev's bid to join the bloc and Moscow presses its campaign – now in its 117th day – to win control of the country's east.
"We need to know clear deadlines because every day there's a delay, we're talking about the lives of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians," said deputy defence minister Anna Malyar.
Turkish President Erdogan said he will talk to his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts about a grain export corridor from Ukraine.
Pro-Russian rebels sentence to death three foreigners who were captured while fighting for Ukraine, as Kiev seeks more Western arms to fend off Moscow's assault — now in its 107th day.
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