Scholz caves in to international pressure on tanks to Ukraine

Ukrainian servicemen fire a 2S7 Pion self-propelled gun toward Russian positions near Bakhmut in Donetsk region - STRINGER/REUTERS
Ukrainian servicemen fire a 2S7 Pion self-propelled gun toward Russian positions near Bakhmut in Donetsk region - STRINGER/REUTERS

Olaf Scholz, the German Chancellor, has bowed to international pressure and will send a company of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, Der Spiegel reported.

The federal government will also grant the necessary licenses to allow other allies to send Ukraine the tanks, sources told the magazine.

The report came after it emerged that the US was "leaning toward" sending a significant number of Abrams M1 tanks to Ukraine, with an announcement on the deliveries is expected to come as soon as this week.

Ukraine says heavily armoured Western battle tanks would give its troops more mobility and protection ahead of a new Russian offensive that Kyiv expects in the near future. They could also help Ukraine retake some of the territory that has fallen to Russia.

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08:17 PM

What we learnt today

It has been another busy day in Ukraine and around the world.

  • Olaf Scholz has decided to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine and allow other countries such as Poland to do the same.

  • The US could soon follow with a shipment of Abrams tanks.

  • Switzerland is set to allow other nations to export Swiss-made arms including the Piranha tank and anti-aircraft guns, dropping its previous commitment to neutrality.

  • Kyiv has announced the dismissal of a dozen top officials in its biggest political shakeup following the country's first major corruption scandal linked to the Russian invasion.

  • Two British volunteers are confirmed to have died in the conflict, their families said.

07:19 PM

Switzerland to allow other nations to export its weapons

Switzerland is set to allow other nations to export Swiss-made arms including the Piranha tank and anti-aircraft guns, dropping its previous commitment to 'neutrality,' it has been reported.

Neue Zürcher Zeitung says that Several countries have asked Switzerland to agree to the re-export of weapons and ammunition. Germany wants to supply Ukraine with ammunition for Cheetah anti-aircraft tanks, Denmark with Piranha tanks and Spain with Swiss-made anti-aircraft guns.

07:09 PM

Zelensky: Russian athletes should not compete at 2024 Paris Olympics

Russian athletes should have "no place" at the 2024 Paris Olympics, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday as his country marked 11 months of war.

"I particularly emphasised that athletes from Russia should have no place at the Olympic Games in Paris," Zelensky wrote on Telegram following a telephone call with Macron.

06:56 PM

Ukraine official: German tanks will be 'punching fist' for democracy

The head of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's administration on Tuesday said the delivery of German tanks was necessary to restore the nation's borders and described it as a powerful blow for democracy.

"A few hundred tanks for our tank crews - the best tank crews in the world. This is what is going to become a real punching fist of democracy against the autocracy from the bog," Andriy Yermak wrote on Telegram shortly after sources said Berlin would approve the transfer of Leopard battle tanks.

06:39 PM

G7 and partners vow to support Ukraine's energy sector

G7 and other partner countries on Tuesday pledged to maintain their support for Ukraine's energy sector, including delivering equipment and other humanitarian aid during winter, the U.S. State Department said following a meeting of the group's foreign ministers.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi co-hosted the meeting, in which countries also vowed to continuing coordinating on Ukraine's efforts to "modernize and decarbonize its energy grid," the department said after Tuesday's virtual meeting.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa in Washington earlier this month - Drew Angerer/Getty Images
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa in Washington earlier this month - Drew Angerer/Getty Images

06:25 PM

Zelensky speaks with Macron

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has thanked Emmanuel Macron for providing light tanks.

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06:16 PM

US sees some Chinese companies helping Russia's war effort

The US has seen some concerning activities from Chinese companies in relation to the ongoing war in Ukraine and will continue to communicate to the Chinese government any implications of providing material support for Russia's invasion.

Sources speaking on condition of anonymity told Reuters that they had observed some non-lethal military assistance and economic support from those Chinese companies that "stops short of wholesale sanctions evasion."

The source also said it was unclear if Chinese government was aware of these activities.

05:52 PM

Olaf Scholz decides to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine

Olaf Scholz has decided to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine and allow other countries such as Poland to do the same, Germany's Spiegel magazine has reported.

The German Chancellor's decision concerns at least a company of Leopard 2 A6 tanks, sources told the magazine.

Other allies, including Poland and Finland, intend to go along with Germany in supplying their Leopard tanks to Kyiv, the magazine reported.

The federal government will also grant the necessary licenses to allow other allies to send Ukraine the tanks.

05:25 PM

Ukraine dismisses key officials in anti-corruption move

Kyiv has announced the dismissal of a dozen top officials in its biggest political shakeup following the country's first major corruption scandal linked to the Russian invasion.

Western allies, which have allocated billions of dollars in financial and military aid to Kyiv to counter Russian troops, have often preconditioned such support on anti-corruption reforms.

Presidential aide Mykhaylo Podolyak said President Volodymyr Zelensky had focused on "key priorities of the state" in dismissing the officials, who include governors of regions that have seen heavy fighting and deputy cabinet ministers.

"During the war, everyone should understand their responsibility," Podolyak tweeted. "The president sees and hears society."

The shakeup came after a Ukrainian deputy minister of development of communities and territories, Vasyl Lozynskiy, was sacked at the weekend following his arrest on suspicion of embezzlement. Photographs released by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau showed stashes of cash seized at Lozynskiy's office.

05:11 PM

25 people killed in Russia's border region

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia's anti-aircraft defences were among the world's best during a televised meeting with the governor of a province on the Ukrainian border that is regularly shelled by Kyiv's forces.

The governor of Belgorod region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, told Putin during the meeting that 25 local civilians had been killed and 96 injured in shelling since the beginning of the war in Ukraine.

Damaged buildings in Belgorod, Russia - Aleksandrov/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Damaged buildings in Belgorod, Russia - Aleksandrov/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

04:55 PM

Turkey postpones NATO talks with Sweden, Finland

Turkey has postponed NATO accession talks with Sweden and Finland, further denting the Nordic neighbours' hopes of joining the Western defence alliance after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Ankara announced its decision one day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at Sweden for allowing weekend protests that included the burning of the Koran outside Ankara's Stockholm embassy.

The decision further diminished the chances of the two countries joining NATO in the near future.

Finland, which shares an 800-mile border with Russia, and Sweden decided jointly to end their decades-long policies of military non-alignment, winning formal support for their plans at a historic NATO summit in June.

The two countries bids' were then swiftly ratified by 28 of NATO's 30 member states, highlighting the issues' urgency in the face of Russia's aggression.

Bids to join NATO must be ratified by all members of the alliance, of which Turkey is a member.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has promised that his parliament would approve the two bids next month.

04:40 PM

No military equipment found in Ukrainian nuclear plants - IAEA

An inspection of Ukrainian nuclear plants found no military equipment, debunking a claim from Russia, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Rafael Grossi has told the European Parliament.

Mr Grossi's remarks came the day after Russia's foreign intelligence service accused Ukraine of storing Western-supplied arms at nuclear power stations across the country - an allegation dismissed as untrue by a senior Ukrainian official.

Mr Grossi told the European Parliament that his agency had established a permanent presence at all Ukrainian nuclear facilities and he had ordered inspections on Tuesday to ascertain whether any of them contained military equipment.

"The result of those inspections was negative," he said.

He said this was the second time the IAEA had been able to "debunk accusations of illegal things and very dangerous things taking place in these facilities", citing previous accusations about the creation of a "dirty bomb".

04:25 PM

Navalny supporters put replica cell outside Russian embassy

Supporters of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny placed a replica of the tiny "punishment cell" he has repeatedly been held in outside Russia's embassy in Berlin on Tuesday, in an effort to raise awareness of his fate.

About 100 people, including Navalny's brother Oleg, attended the demonstration on the German capital's famous Unter den Linden boulevard, some holding placards calling for the release of all political prisoners in Russia, others for Russian President Vladimir Putin to be tried for war crimes in Ukraine.

Oleg Navalny, brother of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, sits inside a jail cell replica during a protest in front of the Russian embassy in Berlin - REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
Oleg Navalny, brother of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, sits inside a jail cell replica during a protest in front of the Russian embassy in Berlin - REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

Navalny was sentenced to nine more years in prison on embezzlement charges in May as the Kremlin continued to stamp out any form of dissent.

Mr Navalny, who survived an attempted poisoning in 2020, was already serving an almost three-year sentence for parole violations but has been able to send messages to the outside world through his team from a penal camp outside Moscow.

04:05 PM

More speculation on US Abrams tanks

The United States appears to be dropping its opposition to sending M1 Abrams battle tanks to Ukraine and an announcement could come as soon as this week, two US officials have now told Reuters.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they were not aware of a final US decision to send the Abrams to Ukraine, in a move that could encourage Germany to follow.

Such a decision by the United States would come just days after Washington argued against sending the Abrams, despite demands from Kyiv and public pressure from Berlin as it faced calls to send German-made Leopard battle tanks.

US Marines bombard through a live fire range using M1A1 Abrams tanks - Stocktrek Images
US Marines bombard through a live fire range using M1A1 Abrams tanks - Stocktrek Images

Ukraine says heavily armoured Western battle tanks would give its troops more mobility and protection ahead of a new Russian offensive that Kyiv expects in the near future. They could also help Ukraine retake some of the territory that has fallen to Russia.

US officials had said that the Abrams was tough to maintain, hard to train Ukrainians to operate, and ran on jet fuel, making it a poor choice for this phase of the war.

03:45 PM

Pictured: A woman walks past a destroyed apartment block in the Russian-controlled town of Severodonetsk in the eastern Lugansk region

A woman walks past a destroyed apartment block in the Russian-controlled town of Severodonetsk in the eastern Lugansk region - STRINGER/AFP
A woman walks past a destroyed apartment block in the Russian-controlled town of Severodonetsk in the eastern Lugansk region - STRINGER/AFP

03:44 PM

Breaking: Germany expected to give Poland approval to send tanks to Ukraine this week

Germany is expected to give Poland approval to re-export its German-made Leopard tanks to Ukraine this week, Bloomberg News is reporting.

Sources familiar with the matter said the approval could come as soon as Wednesday.

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03:26 PM

US 'leaning towards' giving Ukraine Abrams tanks

The US is "leaning toward" sending a significant number of Abrams M1 tanks to Ukraine, US officials have told the Wall Street Journal.

An announcement on the deliveries is expected to come as soon as this week.

The move by the Biden administration will pile further pressure on Germany to agree to send its own Leopard II tanks to Ukraine or grant re-export licences to allies.

Berlin previously said it will only allow the export of Leopards if the United States also supplies its own Abrams tanks to Ukraine.

03:00 PM

Breaking: US leans towards providing Abrams tanks to Ukraine

The US is leaning towards providing Abrams tanks to Ukraine, the Wall Street Journal is reporting.

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02:46 PM

Berlin will handle Poland's request with 'utmost urgency'

The German government will handle with utmost urgency Poland's request to allow Warsaw the export of Leopard tanks to Ukraine, the state secretary at the economy ministry said on Tuesday.

"I can only tell you: We will urgently work on taking a decision," Sven Giegold told a defence conference in Berlin organised by Handelsblatt, adding that the defence ministry was in the lead on the matter.

02:35 PM

Putin says stockpile needed to curb drug shortages

President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that there were shortages of some medicines in Russia, despite the country producing more of its own drugs, and suggested building up stocks of popular medicines to help meet demand.

While prescription drugs are exempt from Western sanctions imposed over the war in Ukraine, their delivery to Russia has been hit by transport, insurance and customs hurdles caused by the war and other restrictive measures, industry figures say.

"There has been a shortage of some drugs, despite the fact that we saw production of pharmaceutical products in the (first) three quarters of last year grow by about 22%," Putin said in a televised meeting with government officials.

"Sixty percent of medicines on the market are domestic drugs. Nevertheless, a deficit has formed in some drugs, and prices have risen."

02:04 PM

Germany could approve deliveries of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine in ‘one or two days’

Berlin could approve the export of German-made tanks to Ukraine in “one or two days”, its defence minister said, in a bid to end the international dispute over heavy weapons deliveries.

“I am preparing for a possible decision to send the Leopard tanks and to allow other European and Nato partners to do the same,” Boris Pistorius told the ZDF broadcaster.

“If the decision takes one or two days, then that’s just the way it is.”

Germany has faced significant criticism in recent days over its apparent reluctance to allow allies to deliver its Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.

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01:52 PM

Pictured: A Ukrainian soldier looks out of an APC

A Ukrainian soldier looks out of an APC during combat training in Zaporizhzhia - Kateryna Klochko/AP
A Ukrainian soldier looks out of an APC during combat training in Zaporizhzhia - Kateryna Klochko/AP

01:30 PM

'Moscow has enough weapons', says Medvedev

Dmitry Medvedev has hit back at Western reports that Russia is running low on missiles and artillery, saying Moscow's weapons stocks were enough to continue fighting in Ukraine.

The former Russian president said: "Our opponents are watching, they periodically make statements that we don't have this or that ... I want to disappoint them. We have enough of everything."

In a video posted on his Telegram channel, Medvedev was seen inspecting Kalashnikov rifles, artillery shells, missiles and drones at a factory east of Moscow.

01:19 PM

Downing St will not 'dictate to other countries' what support allies should offer Ukraine

Downing Street has said the UK will not dictate to allies what form support for Ukraine should take, amid pressure on Germany to step up its response.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said the UK Government will not "dictate to other countries exactly what they should or should not provide - first and foremost that must be for those countries".

He added: "We look to work with our allies in lockstep as much as possible.

"Our approach has borne fruit.

"You've seen the huge amounts of equipment, material and financial support that has been provided to Ukraine since the start of the war."

12:54 PM

Putin admits Russian pharmacies low on medicines

President Vladimir Putin has said that inspections had revealed shortages of some medicines in Russian pharmacies.

Speaking at a meeting with government officials, he also said that the prices of some medicines had risen.

While prescription drugs are exempt from Western sanctions imposed over the war in Ukraine, their delivery to Russia has been hit by transport, insurance and customs hurdles caused by the war and other restrictive measures, industry figures say.

12:52 PM

Berlin to assess Poland's tank request 'with urgency'

Germany confirmed Tuesday that it has received Poland's request to transfer 14 Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine and will urgently examine the application.

"We will deal with the application with necessary urgency," said a spokesman for the German government.

Under Germany's war weapons control rules, countries using German-made armaments are required to seek Berlin's permission if they wish to transfer the military equipment to a third party.

12:45 PM

Ukrainian troops can start training on Leopard 2 tanks, says Germany

Germany has said that allies can start training Ukrainian forces to use the Leopard 2 battle tanks desperately sought by Kyiv to repel Russian troops.

Ukraine has been urging Germany for weeks to allow the export of powerful German-made Leopards, but Berlin has so far declined to give the green light.

Berlin on Tuesday stopped short of granting permission for the tanks to be sent to Ukraine, but Defence Minister Boris Pistorius indicated that a decision could be imminent, saying he had "expressly encouraged partner countries that have Leopard tanks that are ready for deployment to train Ukrainian forces on these tanks".

A US-led meeting of Kyiv's allies in Germany last week failed to yield a decision despite a growing clamour from several European countries ready to export the tanks.

12:32 PM

Pictured: A Ukrainian serviceman fires an RPG towards a Russian position

A Ukrainian serviceman fires an RPG towards a Russian position, on a frontline position in the Donetsk region - AFP Contributor#AFP/AFP
A Ukrainian serviceman fires an RPG towards a Russian position, on a frontline position in the Donetsk region - AFP Contributor#AFP/AFP

12:16 PM

Polish PM says he hopes for quick reply from Germany about tanks

The Polish prime minister said he wanted a quick response from Germany on whether or not Warsaw can re-export Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine after the Polish government submitted an official request to do so to Berlin.

"I hope that this answer from Germany will come quickly, because the Germans are delaying, dodging, acting in a way that is difficult to understand," Mateusz Morawiecki told a news conference. "We can see that they do not want to help Ukraine defend itself in a wider way.

11:59 AM

Poland to ask EU for compensation for cost of tanks for Ukraine, PM says

Poland will ask the European Union for compensation for the cost of Leopard 2 tanks it wants to send Ukraine, the Polish prime minister said on Tuesday.

"We will apply for reimbursement to the European Union, it will be another test of good will," Mateusz Morawiecki told a news conference.

11:57 AM

Five regional governors dismissed in shakeup in Ukraine

Five regional governors were dismissed by Ukraine's government following an order by President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday amid sweeping personnel changes in governing institutions.

The dismissals were announced on the Telegram messaging app by Oleh Nemchinov, a government minister.

11:50 AM

Pictured: Tymoshenko tenders his resignation

Deputy head of Ukraine's Presidential Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko holds up a note written on a sheet of paper as he tenders his resignation - KYRYLO TYMOSHENKO VIA TELEGRAM/via REUTERS
Deputy head of Ukraine's Presidential Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko holds up a note written on a sheet of paper as he tenders his resignation - KYRYLO TYMOSHENKO VIA TELEGRAM/via REUTERS

11:42 AM

Germany to respond to Polish tank request with urgency it deserves, says spokesperson

The German government will deal with a request from Poland for permission to re-export Leopard tanks to Ukraine with the required speed, a spokesperson said on Tuesday.

"We will treat the proceedings with the urgency they deserve," the German government spokesperson said.

11:08 AM

Decision on supplying tanks to Kyiv 'purely political', says German chief of defence

The decision about the delivery of Leopard tanks to Ukraine will be taken solely at the political level, Germany's Chief of Defence Eberhard Zorn said on Tuesday.

"This is purely a political decision," he said at a defence conference in Berlin organised by Handelsblatt.

11:00 AM

Former top FBI official Charles McGonigal charged with aiding Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska

The former head of FBI counterintelligence in New York has been charged with taking secret payments from sanctioned Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska, after spending years investigating the oligarch while working at the agency.

Charles McGonigal, who had been the special agent in charge of the FBI’s counterintelligence division in New York before he retired in 2018, allegedly worked to have Mr Deripaska's sanctions lifted in 2019 and accepted money in exchange for investigating a rival oligarch.

Mr Deripaska, a metals and oil magnate once described as one of President Vladimir Putin's most loyal associates, was added to the US Treasury’s sanctions list in 2018 for involvement in Russia's energy sector amid Moscow’s ongoing threats to Ukraine.

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10:51 AM

Norwegian police question ex-Wagner commander about time in Ukraine

Norwegian police have begun questioning a former commander of Russia's Wagner mercenary group who recently fled to Norway about his time in Ukraine, police said on Tuesday.

Andrei Medvedev, who fled from Russia by crossing the Russian-Norwegian border, has said he fears for his life after witnessing what he said was the killing and mistreatment of Russian prisoners brought to the front lines in Ukraine to fight for Wagner.

Kripos, Norway's national criminal police service, which has responsibility for investigating war crimes, has begun questioning him about his experiences in Ukraine.

"Kripos can confirm that Andrei Medvedev has been questioned," it said in an emailed statement to Reuters.

"We do not want to go into what he has explained in these interviews, but specify that he still has the status of a witness."

10:32 AM

Pictured: Ukrainian service members load ammunition during assault drills

Ukrainian service members load ammunition to an infantry fighting vehicle during offensive and assault drills in Zaporizhzhia Region - STRINGER/REUTERS
Ukrainian service members load ammunition to an infantry fighting vehicle during offensive and assault drills in Zaporizhzhia Region - STRINGER/REUTERS

10:28 AM

Russia: 'Nothing good' would come of Leopard tanks in Ukraine

"Nothing good" would come of German-made Leopard tanks being delivered to Ukraine, the Kremlin has said, as pressure grows on Berlin sign off on deliveries of the weaponry to Kyiv.

Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, said: "These deliveries would bring nothing good to the future relationship" between Berlin and Moscow, adding: "They will leave a lasting mark."

10:07 AM

Germany receives Polish request to give Ukraine tanks

Germany has now received Poland's official request to re-export Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, the Polish defence minister said on Tuesday, as Warsaw cranks up the pressure on Berlin to give its approval.

"The Germans have already received our request for permission to transfer Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine," Mariusz Blaszczak wrote on Twitter.

"I also appeal to the German side to join the coalition of countries supporting Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks," he added. "This is our common cause, because the security of the whole of Europe is at stake!"

09:35 AM

NATO'S Stoltenberg: confident of solution soon on battle tanks

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is confident the alliance will find a solution soon on the delivery of battle tanks to Ukraine, he said after meeting Germany's defence minister on Tuesday.

"At this pivotal moment in the war, we must provide heavier and more advanced systems to Ukraine, and we must do it faster," Stoltenberg told reporters, standing alongside German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius.

"I therefore welcome our discussion today. We discussed the issue of battle tanks. Consultations among allies will continue and I'm confident we will have a solution soon," Stoltenberg added.

09:05 AM

Pictured: A Ukrainian service member fires a RPG-7 anti-tank grenade

A Ukrainian service member fires a RPG-7 anti-tank grenade launcher during offensive and assault drills in Zaporizhzhia - STRINGER/REUTERS
A Ukrainian service member fires a RPG-7 anti-tank grenade launcher during offensive and assault drills in Zaporizhzhia - STRINGER/REUTERS

09:02 AM

Germany: We are supporting Ukraine

"We are supporting Ukraine not to lose this war, to win it against Russia," Boris Pistorius, Germany's defence minister, has said in an interview with the broadcaster ZDF.

"And to that end, Germany is doing more than practically any other ally except the US," he said.

Asked when Germany was planning to make a decision on German-made Leopard tanks long sought by Kyiv, Pistorius said it was not up to him.

"This decision will be made in the chancellery," he said.

He also defended Chancellor Olaf Scholz against accusations of dithering on whether to approve the delivery of Leopards.

"Taking the lead does not mean blindly going ahead," he said. "And if the decision takes another day or two, then that's just the way it is," he said.

08:33 AM

Germany says decision on tanks could come soon

Boris Pistorius said Chancellor Olaf Scholz is talking to allies about sending Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine and a decision to ship them could come in the next few days.

The German defence minister said: “I am preparing for a possible decision to send the Leopard tanks and to allow other European and NATO partners to do the same.

Speaking to public broadcaster ZDF, he pushed back against the suggestion that Germany is dragging its feet.

“If the decision takes one or two days, then that’s just the way it is,” he said.

08:17 AM

Ukrainian deputy defence minister resigns, citing 'baseless' corruption allegations

Ukraine's deputy defence minister responsible for supplying troops with food and equipment resigned on Tuesday morning, citing "media accusations" of corruption that he and the ministry say are baseless.

A statement on the defence ministry's website said that Vyacheslav Shapovalov's resignation was "a worthy deed" that would help retain trust in the ministry.

08:15 AM

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08:00 AM

Ukraine in pictures:

A Ukrainian serviceman mans a PKM machine gun aimed towards a Russian position - ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP
A Ukrainian serviceman mans a PKM machine gun aimed towards a Russian position - ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP
Ukrainian servicemen are seen near Soledar - STRINGER/REUTERS
Ukrainian servicemen are seen near Soledar - STRINGER/REUTERS
Ukrainian military paramedic attends Ukrainian serviceman who was wounded during shelling at the frontline - STRINGER/REUTERS
Ukrainian military paramedic attends Ukrainian serviceman who was wounded during shelling at the frontline - STRINGER/REUTERS

07:57 AM

Deputy head of Ukraine's presidential office Tymoshenko tenders his resignation

The deputy head of Ukraine's presidential office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, said today he had asked President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday to relieve him of his duties.

"I thank the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy for the trust and the opportunity to do good deeds every day and every minute," Tymoshenko wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

Tymoshenko gave no reason for his resignation. Ukrainian media had reported that Tymoshenko might be part of the personnel shake-up Zelensky announced.

A decree accepting Tymoshenko's resignation was published on the president's website.

07:56 AM

Zelensky confirms personnel changes

Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed personnel changes were being carried out at senior and lower levels of government amid fears corruption scandals could dampen western support for Kyiv.

Speaking in his evening video address on Monday, Mr Zelensky did not identify the officials to be replaced, but said his plans included toughening oversight on travelling abroad for official assignments.

"There are already personnel decisions - some today, some tomorrow - regarding officials at various levels in ministries and other central government structures, as well as in the regions and in law enforcement," Mr Zelensky said.

It comes after Mr Zelensky on Sunday fired a deputy minister accused of accepting a bribe.

07:56 AM

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