The UK’s Ministry of Defence says that in response to “mounting losses” Russia is seeking to bolster troop numbers with personnel discharged from military service since 2012.

It says efforts to increase manpower include trying to recruit from the unrecognised Transnistria region in Moldova.

Moscow has not confirmed how many soldiers had been killed since the invasion began but last week Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Western leaders believe that between 7,000 and 15,000 Russian soldiers have been killed.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a surprise visit to Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv. In a statement released after the visit, he praised Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s “resolute leadership and the invincible heroism and courage of the Ukrainian people”. The UK said it will provide an additional 120 armoured vehicles and new anti-ship missile systems to Ukraine
The EU has reopened its embassy in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, having temporarily moved it to Poland after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
An exchange of prisoners took place between Russia and Ukraine: 12 military personnel and 14 civilians were released
Mr Zelensky said Ukraine is preparing for an important battle in the East
The bodies of 10 civilians were recovered from under rubble in the destroyed city of Borodyanka, near Kyiv on Saturday, said the deputy head of the Ukrainian emergency service in the Kyiv region, Bogdan Danilyuk
The governor of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, Pavlo Kyrylenko, said five people have been killed in shelling in the region – he said four were killed in Vuhledar and one in Novomykhailivka
On Saturday, the UK’s Ministry of Defence said that Russia’s withdrawal from the north revealed mass graves and the use of human shields
Eastern Ukraine’s biggest football club, Shakhtar Donetsk, have opened what they’re calling their “Football for Peace” tour with a friendly match in Greece against league leaders Olympiakos. The charity tour is raising money to provide aid for people affected by the war in Ukraine.

Nato ministers have been meeting in Brussels this past week to discuss how far they should go in providing military equipment to Ukraine.

The challenge for Nato throughout this war has been how to give its ally Ukraine enough military support to defend itself without getting drawn into the conflict and finding itself at war with Russia.

The Ukrainian government has been explicit in its calls for help.

If it is to have any chance of fending off the coming Russian assault on the Donbas region in the east of the country, it says, then it urgently needs a resupply of the West’s Javelin, NLAW (next-generation light anti-tank weapon), Stinger and Starstreak anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles that its forces have already been using to such effect in this war.

That much is coming. But Ukraine wants more.

It wants tanks, warplanes, drones and advanced missile air defence systems to counter Russia’s increasing use of air strikes and long-range missiles that are steadily depleting Ukraine’s strategic stores of fuel and other essentials.

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