Ukraine invasion: Moscow's forces make incremental gains in east

Russian forces claimed incremental gains in eastern Ukraine on Monday adding up to their biggest advances in months, after wave upon wave of attacks that Kyiv said showed Moscow had no regard for the lives of its own men.


  • The administrator of Russian-controlled parts of Donetsk province, Denis Pushilin, claimed Russian troops had secured a foothold in Vuhledar, a coal mining town whose ruins have been a Ukrainian bastion since the outset of the war.
  • Ukraine's general staff said Russia had carried out air strikes and three missile strikes in the past 24 hours, one of them on Kharkiv in northeast Ukraine. It is also continuing offensive operations in the areas of Bakhmut, Avdiivka and elsewhere in eastern Ukraine, it said.
  • Ukraine said it had repelled assaults on Vuhledar and Blahodatne, a village just north of Bakhmut.
  • Reuters could not independently verify the battlefield reports.


  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy met Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen in the southern city of Mykolaiv during a rare visit by a foreign leader to a region close to the war front.
  • With the United States having decided to supply tanks to Ukraine, it makes no sense for Russia to talk to Kyiv or its Western "puppet masters", the RIA news agency quoted Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying.
  • Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened him with a missile strike during a phone call in the run-up to the invasion of Ukraine, a charge denied by Moscow.


  • Ukraine's military will spend nearly $550 million on drones in 2023, and 16 supply deals have already been signed with Ukrainian manufacturers, Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said.
  • Tanks donated by Britain to Ukraine will be on the front line before summer, defence minister Ben Wallace said, without giving an exact timetable.
  • French Defence Minister Sebastien Lecornu said France and Australia had agreed to cooperate to manufacture "several thousands" of 155-millimeter shells to help Ukraine.
  • Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said further supplies of Western weaponry to Ukraine would lead to further escalation of the conflict there and draw NATO members more deeply into it.
  • NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg urged South Korea to increase military support to Ukraine, citing other countries that have changed their policy of not providing weapons to countries in conflict following Russia's invasion.


"The more defence support our heroes at the front receive from the world, the sooner Russia's aggression will end and the more reliable security guarantees will be for Ukraine and all our partners after the war," President Zelenskiy said.