Ukraine latest news: UN condemns Russia's 'attempted illegal annexation' of parts of Ukraine (2023)

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03:58:09

Shelling in Kyiv region

A settlement in the region ofUkraine's capital Kyiv has been hit by shelling early on Thursday,the region's administration said on the Telegram messaging app.

"Rescuers are already working at the site," theadministration said, without providing further details on wherethe shelling took place.

01:38:34

Zelenskyy: I am grateful to allies who have pledged to boost our air defences

Volodymyr Zelenskyy says discussions with partner nations in Germany on Wednesday about boosting Ukraine's air defences have been "quite productive"

Speaking on Telegram, he said: "The more audacious and cruel Russian terror becomes, the more obvious it is to the world that helping Ukraine to protect the sky is one of the most important humanitarian tasks for Europe of our time.

"I believe that we will cope with this task. And I am grateful to those of our partners who have already made a decision to strengthen such support for our state - support for effective defence in the air.

"Gratitude to everyone who brings our victory closer! Gratitude to everyone who helps Ukraine!"

00:26:11

Russia's forces are 'exhausted', spy chief says

Jeremy Fleming, director of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), says Russian President Vladimir Putin is playing "a high stakes strategy that is leading to errors in judgement".

More from him in this clip, in which he says that Russia's forces are "exhausted".

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23:27:37

New satellite images show repairs under way on damaged Kerch Bridge

Maxar Technologies has released new satellite images of the damaged Kerch Bridge, which links Russian-annexed Crimea to the Russian mainland.

The pictures show "repairs in progress on both the rail line of the bridge as well as on damaged sections of the road/vehicle bridge span", Maxar said.

It added: "Vehicles (primarily cars and small trucks) can be seen travelling along the bridge. Nearby, a ferry is transporting trucks across the Kerch Strait."

Further images, provided in black and white, show a "backup of cargo trucks waiting at the Kerch ferry terminal".

Maxar continued: "Nearby, several hundred cargo trucks (were) parked to the northwest of Kerch at an abandoned airport (Kerch Central Airport), waiting to be ferried across to Russia."

21:51:43

(Video) Watch live: UN General Assembly debates draft resolution condemning Russia's annexations in Ukraine

NATO discusses new weapons pledge

At NATO headquarters in Brussels today, US general Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that Ukraine wanted its Western partners to provide it with a complete air defence system to defend against Russian warplanes and missiles.

"Russia has deliberately struck civilian infrastructure with the purpose of harming civilians," Mr Milley said.

"They have targeted the elderly, the women, and the children of Ukraine. Indiscriminate and deliberate attacks on civilian targets is a war crime in the international rules of war."

Here, Sky's security and defence editor Deborah Haynes reports from NATO's headquarters in Brussels...

21:39:08

'Putin stands alone on the international stage,' says foreign secretary

Following the UN's condemnation of Russia's "attempted illegal annexation" of four partially occupied regions in Ukraine, Foreign Secretary James Cleverly has said the vote was an "important show of international unity against an aggressor".

In a statement, Mr Cleverly said the vote was "indisputable evidence" that Vladimir Putin stood alone on the international stage and his actions were "driving his country further into self-inflicted isolation".

"This is an important show of international unity against an aggressor that seeks to destabilise the international norms that protect us all," he said.

"In the face of President Putin's unprovoked aggression, 143 nations across the globe have come together in defence of the UN Charter and in solidarity with Ukraine."

21:20:35

UN condemns Russia's 'attempted illegal annexation' of parts of Ukraine

The General Assembly of the United Nations has condemned Russia's "attempted illegal annexation" of four partially occupied regions in Ukraine and called on all countries not to recognise the move.

Three-quarters of the 193-member General Assembly - 143 countries - voted in favour of a resolution that also reaffirmed the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders.

Meanwhile, only four countries joined Russia in voting against the resolution - Syria, Nicaragua, North Korea and Belarus.

Another 35 countries abstained from the vote, including Russia's strategic partner China, while the rest did not vote.

Last week, Vladimir Putin signed laws absorbing four Ukrainian regions into Russia, finalising the annexation of the occupied territories in defiance of international outcry.

It followed the so-called referenda in Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, rejected as a sham by Ukraine and the West.

Together with Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014, Mr Putin's total claim amounts to more than 22% of Ukrainian territory, though the exact borders of the four regions he is annexing are still yet to be finally clarified.

(Video) UN General Assembly adopts resolution condemning Russia’s attempted annexation of Ukraine’s regions

21:14:45

Putin to meet Turkish president in Kazakhstan tomorrow

Vladimir Putin will meet Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan for talks in Kazakhstan tomorrow, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov has said.

The two leaders are expected to meet in Kazakhstan's capital tomorrow to discuss the situation in Ukraine and the state of the landmark deal, brokeredin July by the United Nations and Turkey, to unblock Ukraine'sagricultural exports from its southern ports.

Speaking to reporters today, Mr Ushakov said: "Now many say that the Turks are ready to come up with other initiatives in the context of the settlement of the Ukrainian conflict.

"There are reports in the press that the Turkish side is putting forward specific considerations in this regard, I do no exclude that Erdogan will actively touch on this topic during the Astana contact. So a very interesting and, I hope, useful discussion awaits us."

Mr Putin will also meet Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani during his visit.

20:38:55

France to deliver anti-air systems to Ukraine in 'coming weeks'

France will deliver radar and air defence systems to Ukraine in the coming weeks, French President Emmanuel Macron has said.

Speaking in an interview on France 2 television, Mr Macron did not give details on what type of anti-aircraft missiles or how many would be delivered.

"This is a new phase of bombing coming from land, sea, air and drones against essential infrastructure and civilians," Mr Macron said, adding that radar and anti-air missiles would be delivered in the coming weeks to "protect the country from drone and missile attacks."

France has previously supplied supplied Mistral shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine.

A source aware of the matter said Paris would provide Crotale short-range anti-air missiles, which are used to intercept low-flying missiles and aircraft.

Yesterday, France's defence ministry also announced that it was boosting its support on NATO's eastern flank by sending more tanks to Romania, Rafale fighter jets to Lithuania and infantry to Estonia. It said nothing about Ukraine.

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20:16:44

Residents in Izyum receive food and basic necessities

These images show residents in the Izyum, eastern Ukraine, receiving food and necessities.

Last month, Ukrainian troops were able to retake the Ukrainian city as Russian forces retreated from the area.

A mass burial site containing around 440 graves was found in region soon after it was liberated from Russian control.

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