Russian forces have attacked more than 40 towns in the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk region, Ukraine says

Russia has scrapped the upper age limit for contractual service in the military.

you’re just joining us, here’s what been happening so far:

  • Russia continues efforts to take full control of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine
  • Russia’s airborne forces have seen “heavy losses” due to “strategic mismanagement” during the invasion, the UK says in its latest military intelligence update
  • Ukraine has accused Russia of “blackmail” after Moscow offered to lift its blockade on Black Sea ports in exchange for lifting of some sanctions
  • British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will address armed forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina and urge the UK’s Western allies to ensure Putin’s defeat in Ukraine
  • Germany warned of a fatigue setting in Europe over the Ukraine war. A Reuters report said Italy and Hungary had urged the EU to call explicitly for a ceasefire in Ukraine and peace talks with Russia
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree simplifying the procedure for residents of the Ukrainian regions of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson to get a Russian passport. Ukraine called the move illegal.
  • Meanwhile, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has ordered an end to visa-free travel for Russian citizens

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