Ukraine news live: Russia 'loses battle for Kharkiv'; Putin warns Finland abandoning neutrality a ‘mistake’; Ukraine claims to have downed 200 Russian aircraft

'The Ukrainians do seem to have made major advances in taking back control of Kharkiv.' Defence Analyst Dr Alex Walmsley talks us through the latest developments on the ground in Ukraine, and says there's been 'intense fighting' for Kharkiv. Latest:

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'The Ukrainians do seem to have made major advances in taking back control of Kharkiv.' Defence Analyst Dr Alex Walmsley talks us through the latest developments on the ground in Ukraine, and says there's been 'intense fighting' for Kharkiv. Latest:

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President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, told Reuters that Mr Erdogan and Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelenskyy had discussed the plan two weeks ago and that it remains"on the table".But the evacuation of these soldiers has long been a point of negotiation between Russia and Ukraine.

In Lviv, Ilyas is reunited with his wife and sons for the first time since they fled to Poland.From the producers of Sky News StoryCastThey have shared photos of themselves in the outskirts of the city, and taking shelter in a house.It comes after reports that Russia was retreating from Kharkiv, 70 miles to the north.

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Russia has LOST the battle for Ukraine's second largest city KharkivUkraine's general staff said the Russians were pulling back from the northeastern city and focusing on guarding supply routes to its forces waging war in the Donbas instead. 🇷🇺😂😂😂😂😂😂 ✊🫡

Ukraine news live: Russia 'loses battle for Kharkiv'; Moscow cuts power to Finland; Ukraine claims to have downed 200 Russian aircraftUkraine latest as a 21-year-old Russian soldier's war crimes trial begins; FSB agents believe Vladimir Putin is terminally ill after receiving a top-secret memo, reports claim; leader's wife hit with new sanctions; G7 foreign ministers meet in Germany. Talking rubbish doesn't make it true. We seem to struggle with that in woketopia. Numpty!

Russia-Ukraine latest news: First Russian soldier to go on trial in Ukraine charged with war crimesThe first Russian soldier is on Friday due to go on trial for war crimes in Ukraine Follow the latest news in our live blog 👇 Trial by jury. is this before or after they put Zelensky up for war crimes, committed on the 14,000 innocent Ukrainians in Donbas these past 8 years ? Russia is a terrorist and rogue state. A kleptocracy. Built on murder and lies. It has suffered a major embarrassment because of military incompetence. Putin is bringing about the dissolution of Russian federation. Many republics will break off in next 20 years. It is dying. 🇷🇺☠️

Russia-Ukraine war: Ukrainian forces continue Kharkiv pushback; ‘difficult negotiations’ on Mariupol evacuations under way, Zelenskiy says – liveUkraine has “likely won the battle of Kharkiv”, US think tank says; Ukrainian president says next stage of evacuation mission is rescue of seriously wounded and medics elonmusk typical example

Russia-Ukraine war: what we know on day 79 of the invasionKyiv court set to hear first war crimes trial of Russian soldier; Moscow threatens retaliation after Finland announces Nato plans Amazing what can be achieved against an overwhelming hostile enemy when not being hindered by gender or diversity quotas. You became a very cheap newspaper

Ukraine war: Russia would bolster border defences if Finland joins NATO, says Moscow's ambassador to EUVladimir Chizhov tells Sky News he is 'deeply disappointed and saddened' by Finland and Sweden's ambitions to join NATO and that Russia would have to respond if they become members. Remember Cuba? Yeah, well that's how Russia feels about Finland and Sweden. I hope it’s just sanctions, because it would be a bad idea to attack a NATO Member. NATO is not about the power as Russia puts it. It's about protecting the freedom and rights of NATO countries from countries that use war to annex land .It gives a country a chance to peacefully negotiate terms without threat of violence .

Updates from Sky News correspondent Dominic Waghorn in Kyiv. Live reporting by Tim Baker 15:54:08 Turkey offers sea-based evacuation route for injured Azovstal fighters Turkey has offered to carry out an evacuation mission via the sea for injured Ukrainian fighters trapped in the Azovstal steel works in Mariupol. President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, told Reuters that Mr Erdogan and Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelenskyy had discussed the plan two weeks ago and that it remains"on the table". The plan would entail the fighters being taken 40 miles down the coast over land to Berdyansk, where a Turkish vessel would take them to Istanbul on the other side of the Black Sea. "If it can be done that way, we are happy to do it. We are ready," said Mr Kalin. "In fact our ship is ready to go and bring the injured soldiers and other civilians to Turkey." But the evacuation of these soldiers has long been a point of negotiation between Russia and Ukraine. Mr Kalin said the Russian's position"changes day to day".  15:42:02 Ukraine War Diaries: Week 8 Omnibus - Lost boys, birthdays & Eurovision banter In Lviv, Ilyas is reunited with his wife and sons for the first time since they fled to Poland. In Kyiv, Oksana reflects on how war has wiped birthdays from her social calendar.  And in eastern Ukraine, Seva makes a resupply of medical aid to soldiers waiting to be sent to the frontline. Here, he finds a band of brothers in buoyant mood, despite the possibility some may never return. Ukraine War Diaries uses first-person audio, recorded on the ground in Ukraine, to give an intimate day-to-day perspective of life in a war zone. From the producers of Sky News StoryCast 15:23:38 Photos from Kharkiv Ukrainian forces say they are forcing Russia from Kharkiv. They have shared photos of themselves in the outskirts of the city, and taking shelter in a house. 15:03:23 Ukraine on counter offensive near Izyum - Ukrainian military The Ukrainian military says it has launched a counter offensive near the Russia-held city of Izyum in the east of the country. It comes after reports that Russia was retreating from Kharkiv, 70 miles to the north. Oleh Sinegubov, the region's governor, said:"Our armed forces have switched to a counteroffensive [at Izyum]. "The enemy is retreating on some fronts and this is the result of the character of our armed forces." Russia appears to be focusing more firepower in the Donbas region and the south of Ukraine. 14:40:17 Russian power to Finland stopped over unpaid bills Reima Paivinen, the senior vice president at Fingrid, the operator of Finland's national grid, has told Sky News that Russia cut power to its neighbour because of unpaid bills. However he said Finland was not worried about the situation, as they can increase imports from Sweden and the Baltic states. 14:11:51 Turkey 'not closing door' to Sweden and Finland NATO entry - Erdogan adviser An adviser to Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan says the NATO country is"not closing the door" to Finland and Sweden joining the organisation. But Ibrahim Kalin, who is the president's top foreign policy adviser and spokesman,  said they were raising the issue"as a matter of national security" for Turkey due to"many terrorist organisations" being present in the Nordic nations. Speaking to Reuters, Mr Kalin singled out Stockholm as a particular problem area. Finland has already signalled its intention to join NATO, and Sweden is expected to follow suit. Turkey had been highlighted as potentially being opposed to the two countries joining. Mr Kalin said the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) - which is designated a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US and the EU, had a"strong and open and acknowledged" presence in Sweden in particular. "Of course we want to have a discussion, a negotiation with Swedish counterparts," he said.  14:00:49 Finland wanting NATO membership is consequence of Ukraine invasion Tytti Tuppurainen, Finland's minister for European affairs, has told Sky News that her country's desire to join NATO"is one of the consequences" of Vladimir Putin invading Ukraine. Mr Putin has told his neighbour that they are making a mistake by applying for membership to the organisation. Ms Tuppurainen went on to say that the threats being made by Mr Putin were nothing new. Asked if NATO"assets" would be stationed on the Finnish-Russia border, she said that they were not looking to provoke anyone.  13:25:58 West has declared 'total hybrid war' against Russia - Sergei Lavrov Russia's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has claimed that the West has declared a"total hybrid war" against Russia. Speaking from Moscow, Mr Lavrov adds that its hard to predict how long the conflict with the West will last. He goes on to say that efforts to isolate Russia are"doomed". Mr Lavrov says that"Western politicians should understand their efforts to isolate our country are in vain". 13:01:06 Russia responds to Finland call - says abandoning neutrality would be a mistake Earlier, we reported  that Finland's president Sauli Niinisto has told Russia's leader Vladimir Putin of his plans to join NATO on a phone call. Russia has now released a summary of its side of the conversation. According to Russian state broadcaster RIA, Mr Putin told Mr Niinisto that abandoning neutrality would be a"mistake". The Russian leader is also reported to have told Mr Niinisto there are no security threats to Finland, and that a change in Finland's foreign policy would be negative for bilateral relations. 12:48:22 'Up to 50 million people face hunger' in coming months due to Ukraine war food shortage Germany's foreign minister Annalena Baerbock has warned tens of millions of people  face hunger because of the war in Ukraine. Ukraine is a major contributor to world food stocks, exporting sizeable amounts of cooking oil, corn and wheat.  But these supplies are currently trapped due to Russia's invasion. Speaking after a G7 summit in Germany, Ms Baerbock said up to 50 million people, particularly in the countries of Africa and the Middle East, will face hunger in the next few months. A group statement from the G7's foreign ministers said:"Russia's war of aggression has generated one of the most severe food and energy crises in recent history which now threatens those most vulnerable across the globe,. "We are determined to accelerate a co-ordinated multilateral response to preserve global food security and stand by our most vulnerable partners in this respect." Canada's foreign minister, Melanie Joly, said she was ready to send ships to European ports to transport grain should Ukraine's supplies be released. "We need to make sure that these cereals are sent to the world," she told reporters."If not, millions of people will be facing famine." Due to your consent preferences, you’re not able to view this.