Russia-Ukraine war live: referendums begin in occupied regions; Zelenskiy urges Russian protests

Voting in four regions under Moscow’s control; Ukraine president tells Russians facing mobilisation to protest, fight back or run awayWhat we know on day 212 of the invasionThe British Ministry of Defence has giving its latest intelligence update on how it sees the situation on the ground in the war. It says that “the battle situation remains complex” but that “Ukraine is now putting pressure on territory that Russia considers essential to its war aims”, with fighting ongoing along the Oskil River, and a Ukrainian assault on the town of Lyman, Donetsk, which Russia captured in May.This is Martin Belam in London with the live blog now for the next few hours. You can reach me at martin.belam@theguardian.com Continue reading...

Russia-Ukraine war live: referendums begin in occupied regions; Zelenskiy urges Russian protests

Voting in four regions under Moscow’s control; Ukraine president tells Russians facing mobilisation to protest, fight back or run away

The British Ministry of Defence has giving its latest intelligence update on how it sees the situation on the ground in the war. It says that “the battle situation remains complex” but that “Ukraine is now putting pressure on territory that Russia considers essential to its war aims”, with fighting ongoing along the Oskil River, and a Ukrainian assault on the town of Lyman, Donetsk, which Russia captured in May.

This is Martin Belam in London with the live blog now for the next few hours. You can reach me at martin.belam@theguardian.com

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