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  • The Ukrainian army announced Monday its intention to "strengthen" its positions in Bakhmut, the epicenter of fighting in the east of the country, refuting speculation about a withdrawal in the face of Russian troops who have been trying for months to encircle the symbolic city.
  • While rumours of a tactical withdrawal had been rife for a week, the Ukrainian presidency had previously indicated that the commanders-in-chief of the armed forces had "pronounced themselves in favour of continuing the defensive operation and strengthening (their) positions in Bakhmut", during a meeting with the head of state.
  • On the night of Sunday to Monday, the Ukrainian Air Force said it had shot down 13 Iranian-made explosive drones out of 15 launched by Russia. It did not report any loss of life or property damage.



07:40: Kiev calls for investigation after alleged execution of Ukrainian prisoner of war

Ukraine's top diplomat on Monday called for an investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC) after the release of a video showing, according to him, a Ukrainian prisoner of war executed by Russian soldiers. These images were also evoked by President Volodymyr Zelensky in his evening video speech, in which he promised to "find the murderers".

"Horrific video of an unarmed Ukrainian prisoner of war executed by Russian forces for simply saying 'Glory to Ukraine'. Another proof that this war is genocidal," Dmytro Kouleba commented on Twitter. "It is imperative that [ICC prosecutor] Karim Khan launch an immediate investigation into this heinous war crime," he added: "The perpetrators must be brought to justice."

07:19: Zelensky asked the army to "find the forces" to defend Bakhmut

Ukraine's president said Monday he had asked his military commanders to "find strength" to defend Bakhmut, the epicenter of fighting in the east of the country, around which Russian troops have tightened their grip.

"I told the General Staff to find the appropriate forces to help the guys in Bakhmut," Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video, saying "no part of Ukraine can be abandoned" to the Russians.

07:07 : Hello

Welcome to this live on the latest developments of the war in Ukraine. For months, most of the fighting has been concentrated in the Donbass, and more particularly around the city of Bakhmut, which Ukrainian forces do not want to cede to the Russians.

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