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These images show Ukrainian troops on the frontline in the Kherson region, southern Ukraine.
On Monday, Russian shelling in the region killed two people and wounded nine others, Kherson’s Ukrainian governor, Yaroslav Yanushevich, said.
He also said Russian forces had fired at the city of Kherson 32 times on Monday.
Workers are still repairing the damage to the Kerch Bridge which was partially destroyed in an explosion three months ago, satellite images provided by Bradley Africk from the American Enterprise Institute show.
In October, the blast on the Kerch Strait Bridge that links occupied Crimea to Russia killed three people and caused serious damage.
Russian authorities said the attack was a “terrorist action” carried out by Ukraine.
Ukrainian officials had repeatedly threatened to strike the bridge and some lauded the attack, but Kyiv stopped short of claiming responsibility.
US President Joe Biden has said the US is considering sending Bradley Fighting Vehicles to Ukraine to help the country fight Russia’s invasion.
Asked if the option was on the table today, Mr Biden said: “Yes.”
The Bradley Fighting Vehicle has been used as a staple by the US army to carry troops around battlefields since the mid-1980s.
The army has thousands of Bradleys, which could give the Ukrainians more firepower on the battlefield.
Mr Biden’s move, however, is short of sending Abrams tanks to Ukraine, which the Ukrainians have been requesting.
It was not clear how many Bradleys are destined for Ukraine, but the US is preparing another weapons aid package which could be announced in the coming days.
Russia invaded Ukraine from the north in February last year and Ukraine’s top defence officials are now warning of another northern intrusion.
However, the Ukrainians say they will not be caught off guard.
Here, Sky’s Yousra Elbagir reports from northern Ukraine where troops are carrying out live-fire exercises in preparation for an attack…
The names of those responsible for the missile attack in Makiivka, eastern Ukraine, should be published, the editor-in-chief of the state-run network RT has said.
In a statement on Telegram, Margarita Simonyan said that the “guilty officials” behind the attack would be held accountable by Russia’s defence ministry.
She said: “I hope that the names of these persons and the measure of responsibility will also be announced.
“It is time to understand that impunity does not lead to social harmony. Impunity leads to new crimes. And, as a result, to public dissent.”
For context: On Monday, a Ukrainian strike on a building in the occupied town of Makiivka, in the partially Russian-occupied eastern Donetsk region, killed Russian soldiers.
Russia initially said that 63 soldiers had been killed in the strike before saying that 89 Russian servicemen had been killed.
Ukraine has claimed a far higher casualty figure, saying that around 400 died.
The US is looking at ways to target Iranian drone production through sanctions and export controls, and is talking to private companies whose parts have been used in production, the White House has said.
In November last year, around 4.5 million Ukrainians were left without power after swarms of kamikaze drones wreaked havoc on Ukraine’s power infrastructure.
Ukraine and its Western allies accused Iran of supplying the drones to Russia, but Tehran denied the charge.
And then in December, Ukrainian officials said Russia had attacked Ukraine with 16 Iranian-made Shahed drones.
Speaking on the Iranian supply, White House national security council spokesperson Adrienne Watson said: “We are assessing further steps we can take in terms of export controls to restrict Iran’s access to technologies used in drones.”
The United States has previously imposed sanctions on companies and people it accused of producing or transferring Iranian drones that Russia has used to attack civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.
These images show people selling food and other items at makeshift markets in the Ukrainian town of Bakhmut.
Sitting on the eastern front, Bakhmut is still the scene of intense fighting.
The region has become a key target for Russia as it is located on a strategic supply line between the neighbouring regions of Luhansk and Donetsk.
With the war approaching 11 months, Russia’s control of territory in the country has changed.
On 21 June last year, after Russian troops withdrew from the region around Kyiv, large swathes of land on the eastern flank were occupied by the Kremlin.
Russia was also occupying Kherson – the port city in southern Ukraine – and there were Russian advances to Severodonetsk.
21 June 2022
However, Ukraine’s counteroffensive has led to a string of successes for Kyiv’s forces.
In November, Ukrainian troops were able to reclaim the city of Kherson, pushing back Russian troops.
This marked one of Russia’s biggest setbacks as it had captured the city early on in the war.
Ukrainian troops have also been able to push back Russian soldiers from Kharkiv and Mykolaiv.
Map of Ukraine today
We reported earlier that French President Emmanuel Macron had told Volodymyr Zelenskyy that France would send light AMX-10 RC armoured combat vehicles in a call.
Following the conversation, the Ukrainian leader thanked Mr Macron for the decision to transfer light tanks and for his cooperation to “significantly strengthen air defence and other defence capabilities”.
He added: “Thank you friend! Your leadership brings our victory closer.”
Heavy fighting around the Ukrainian-held town of Bakhmut is likely to persist for the foreseeable future, a US administration official has said.
Speaking on the situation in the eastern region, the official also said the outcome there remained uncertain as Russians had made incremental progress.
The eastern town of Bakhmut was once home to more than 70,000 civilians – now it has fewer than 12,000 residents in the region.
In recent months, the battle there has become one of the fiercest in the war so far, with residents forced to shelter underground and in freezing conditions.
Some military experts say Bakhmut, which has become a symbol of the ongoing battle taking place on the eastern flank, is of little strategic value but others state that capturing it would open the path to Sloviansk and Kramatorsk – two important industrial centres.
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