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The Russian-Ukrainian War at a Glance: What We Know About Invasion Day 291 | Ukraine


  • Fighting in Ukraine could spiral out of control and become a war between Russia and NATO, said the head of the alliance in an interview with the Norwegian television channel NRK. “If things go wrong, they can go horribly wrong,” said Jens Stoltenberg.

  • Iran’s support for Russian military expected to increase in coming months and Moscow will likely offer Tehran an ‘unprecedented’ level of military support in return, said the British Ministry of Defense. The latest intelligence update from the ministry said Iran had become one of Russia’s main military backers since Russia invaded Ukraine in February and Moscow was trying to get more weapons, including hundreds of ballistic missiles.

  • Russian forces have “destroyed” the town of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine, the country’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has said., while the Ukrainian military reported missiles, rockets and airstrikes in several parts of the country. The final battles in Russia’s nine-and-a-half-month war in Ukraine have centered on four provinces that Russian President Vladimir Putin illegally claimed to have annexed in late September.

  • Heavy fighting continued in eastern and southern Ukraine, mainly in areas that Russia illegally annexed in September. Ukraine’s presidential office said on Friday that five civilians had been killed and 13 others injured by Russian shelling in the past 24 hours.

  • Boris Johnson has urged Western countries to ‘urgently consider’ what more they can do to support Ukraine hoping to end the war against Russia as early as next year. The former British prime minister, hailed by Zelenskiy as a key ally, used a Wall Street Journal article to argue that ending the war as soon as possible is “in everyone’s interest, including Russia”.

  • Russia wants to turn Ukraine into a “dependent dictatorship” like Belarus, the wife of Belarusian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ales Bialiatski has said. Saturday after receiving the award on his behalf, delivering his words. Bialiatski, the Russian advocacy group Memorial and the Ukrainian Center for Civil Liberties won the 2022 prize in October.

  • Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong says government will impose targeted sanctions on Russia and Iran in response to what he called “gross” human rights violations.

  • Moscow announced that it was banning 200 Canadian officials from entering Russia in response to similar sanctions from Ottawa. The Minister of Health, Jean-Yves Duclos, and the boss of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Victor Dodig, were among those targeted.

  • All non-critical infrastructure in the southern Ukrainian port city of Odessa was without power after Russia used drones to strike energy facilities, local officials said, with much of the surrounding region also affected.

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