Ukraine latest news: Russia threatens to 'reassess cooperation' with UN - as Putin 'likely considering withdrawal' from parts of south (2023)

Key points
  • Russia calls Liz Truss a 'disgrace'known for 'catastrophic illiteracy'
  • Rolling blackouts implemented across Ukraine
  • Russia to attack Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant next, says Zelenskyy
  • Michael Clarke: War in Ukraine is entering a new phase - and something is going on in Kherson
  • Vladimir Putin 'likely considering' withdrawal from parts of south
  • Russian aircraft accidentally released a missile after interacting with RAF jet
  • Putin's forces launch '300 strikes on Ukraine's power system in 10 days'
  • EU and UK to impose sanctions on Iran over supply of drones
  • Podcast:'They are killing civilians because they can't do anything on the battlefield'
  • Live reporting by Megan Baynes and (earlier) Tom Gillespie. Updates from John Sparks in eastern Ukraine and Dominic Waghorn in Moscow


Russia plans to attack Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant next, says Zelenskyy

Russians are planning to attack the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant, the Ukrainian president has said in his nightly address.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on the world to move quickly to prevent a disaster.

"According to our information, the aggregates and dam of the Kakhovka HPP were mined by Russian terrorists," he said in his nightly address to Ukraine.

"Now everyone in the world must act powerfully and quickly to prevent a new Russian terrorist attack. Destroying the dam would mean a large-scale disaster."

He added: "We must now all together - all Europeans, all world leaders, all international organizations - make it clear to the terrorist state that such a terrorist attack on the Kakhovka HPP will mean exactly the same as the use of weapons of mass destruction.

"The consequences for Russia should be corresponding."

He has also called on Switzerland to not remain neutral in the conflict, following talks with the President of Switzerland who arrived in Kyiv today.

"We also discussed the issue of compensation for damages caused to Ukraine by Russian terror. I am grateful that Russian assets worth $6.5 billion have already been frozen.

"This work must be continued.

"And this is something in which Switzerland must not remain morally neutral either.

"The possibilities of Switzerland to help with digitization in Ukraine and restoration of telecommunications systems in the liberated territories were discussed separately and substantively."


Blackouts in Ukraine as country deals with electricity shortage

Cars can be seen moving along a dark street during an electricity shortage as the country tries to ration energy.

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Russia fails to attend UN meeting on human rights amid concern about 'state-developed poisons'

Russia has failed to attend a UN committee meeting examining the human rights situation in the country.

Russia was removed from the UN Human Rights Council earlier this year, following its invasion of Ukraine.

Experts from the United Nations Human Rights Committee (OHCHR) had been due to come face to face with the Russian delegates at a public meeting over two days but tomorrow's meeting has now been cancelled.

"I regret that the Russian Federation hasn’t sent a delegation to respond,” said Marcia VJ Kran of Canada, a member of the body, which consists of 18 independent experts who monitor implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by state parties.

“We observe a disturbing trend of legal action against politicians who criticise the government," said Kran.

"We also have a serious concern about the use of sophisticated, state-developed poisons to silence, punish and kill at least a dozen prominent dissidents, opposition leaders and activists in the past decade."


White House: Russia piloting Iranian drones for attacks on Ukraine

Russian military based in Crimea have been piloting Iranian drones for attacks on Ukraine, says John Kirby, a retired admiral who now serves as National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications at the White House.

He said Moscow has received dozens of Iranians so far and is likely to get more.

The US State Department says Iranian military personnel were on the ground in Crimea helping Russia with its drones.

The US has also stated it is concerned Russia may seek to acquire conventional weapons from Iran - including surface to air missiles.


Beth Rigby Interviews: Former Russian diplomat who defected at the start of the war

The West needs to stop giving "concessions" to Vladimir Putin, a former Russian diplomat who defected at the start of the war has told Sky News.

Boris Bondarev, who spoke to Sky's political editor Beth Rigby, said: "This nuclear game, so you know, first of all it's a psychological game it's like any blackmail. So, if you're confronted with blackmail, we have two options, either you surrender to this blackmailer, and you do whatever he wants from you.

"And you must understand that every time you give him some concessions, he will be emboldened and he will ask, he will demand for more and more and more, or you confront him and I think that will be the right thing to do, to confront him.

"Not to say we don't want escalation, but to tell him that if he wants this escalation, so be it."

When asked if Putin would resort to using nuclear weapons, he said: "Well, technically, I think yes. He can order to use them, and I don't think that there will be many generals or other military officers who say that 'no, we would not execute these orders' because it is like suicide or a war crime."

But he said Putin "already thinks he is waging the Third World War - to him it is about reshaping the map of the political world".

"He believes that he has too little influence on the map, too little power on the map that he is entitled to," he added.

"But also we must understand very clearly that Putin and Russia are two different things. When Putin says that something is threatening Russia's interests or Russia's security he means only himself."

Beth Rigby Interviews will air tomorrow night and over the weekend.

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UK sanctions Iran over supply of drones to Russia

The UK has officially sanctioned Iran for supplying Russia with Iranian-produced drones that were used to attack Ukraine just a few days ago.

The plans for sanctions were announced earlier today.

Among the three individuals being sanctioned is military officer Seyed Hojjatollah Qureishi, seen as the key negotiator in the drone deal.

Major General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri – the chairman of the armed forces general staff – and Brigadier General Saeed Aghajani – the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps – have also been sanctioned.

All three are subject to an asset freeze and a travel ban.

Shahed Aviation Industries – the Iranian manufacturer of the Shahed drones which have been used by Russia during its illegal invasion of Ukraine. Shahed Aviation Industries is subject to an asset freeze.

Foreign secretary James Cleverly said: "Iran’s support for Putin’s brutal and illegal war against Ukraine is deplorable. Today we are sanctioning those who have supplied the drones used by Russia to target Ukrainian civilians. This is clear evidence of Iran’s destabilising role in global security."

He said procuring these weapons shows Russia is turning to countries, such as Iran, out of desperation.

Open-source evidence has shown Russia’s own defence company and drone producer Kronshtadt has struggled to maintain production since they were sanctioned (24 March 2022), with fridges and dishwashers being cannibalised in order to create military equipment, and Soviet-era tanks sent to the front line as they strain to maintain their military equipment.

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Putin critic says he could now be facing up to 30 years in prison

Jailed Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny said authorities have opened a new criminal case against him for promoting terrorism and extremism, potentially more than doubling his sentence.

Mr Navalny, the most prominent domestic critic of President Vladimir Putin, is already serving prison terms totalling more than 11 years for fraud, contempt of court and parole violations, all of which he rejects as trumped-up charges intended to silence him.

"I am a genius of the underworld. Professor Moriarty is no match for me," he said sarcastically in a Twitter post, comparing himself to the nemesis of Sherlock Holmes.

"You all thought I had been isolated in prison for two years, but it turns out I was actively committing crimes. Luckily, the Investigative Committee was vigilant and didn't miss a thing."

Mr Navalny said his lawyers estimated he could now face a cumulative sentence of around 30 years.

There was no immediate official confirmation of the new case from the Investigative Committee.


Flight tracking websites reveal more about interaction between RAF plane and Russian fighter jets

By Jack Taylor, data and forensics journalist

After a Russian jet released a missile "in the vicinity of" a Royal Air Force plane flying over the Black Sea on 29 September, flight tracking websites can reveal more about what happened that day.

The RAF Rivet Joint, a surveillance aircraft, first entered the airspace over the Black Sea at around 2.45pm UK time.

It then performed its routine patrol of the Black Sea, before flying back to the UK just after 5.30pm.

It was during this time that two Russian SU-27s are likely to have “interacted with” the flight, with one releasing a missile "in the vicinity of the flight". The Russian ministry of defence has called this a “technical malfunction” of the Russian jet.

The Rivet Joint wasn’t the only surveillance flight in the area at the time. A US Air Force Global Hawk, which is operated remotely and flies at high altitudes, had been patrolling the same area of the Black Sea for hours.

The Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet operate in the area. Whilst the details of the flights have not been released it is likely they were gathering intelligence on something out at sea.


Zelenskyy urges authors to write about the 'terrors' Russia has inflicted on Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksyy has urged authors to write about the "terrors" inflicted on his country by Russian forces.

Mr Zelenskyy issued the call in a video address to the Frankfurt book fair.

He said: "Instead of importing culture, Russia imports death.

"So I ask you, please do everything to make people know about the terror that Russia brought to Ukraine.

"Knowledge is the answer. Books, documentary scripts, articles, reports – these are the answers."

Ukraine's first lady Olena Zelenska, Mr Zelenskyy's wife, is due to speak at a side event at the fair in person on Saturday.

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Western-supplied weapons are finding their way onto black market, Russia claims

Russia has claimed Western-supplied weapons to Ukraine are finding their way onto the black market and then into the hands of extremist and criminal groups in the Middle East, central Africa and Asia.

Maria Zakharova, Russia's foreign ministry spokeswoman, said NATO members have in total sent at least 700 artillery systems, 80,000 missile systems, 800,000 artillery shells and 90 million rounds of ammunition.

"A considerable part of these weapons have already entered, or will soon enter, the black market," Ms Zakharova told reporters in Moscow.

"Now the world community is facing this."

Ms Zakharova did not say what evidence her assertion was based on.

"The NATO military cargos are ending up in the hands of terrorists, extremists and criminal groups in the Middle East, central Africa and southeast Asia," Ms Zakharova added.

Russia has long warned that weapons destined for Ukraine could find their way into the hands of criminals, though without providing details of where the weapons might be ending up.

Western leaders say they want to help Ukraine defeat Russia, though US President Joe Biden has sought to prevent a direct NATO-Russia confrontation.


What is Russia's main problem with Ukraine? ›

Throughout 2021 and 2022, a Russian military build-up on the border of Ukraine escalated tensions between the two countries and strained their bilateral relations. Ukraine broke diplomatic relations with Moscow in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Is Kherson under Russian control? ›

About 70% of the Kherson region remains under Russian control.

Is there agreement between Russia and Ukraine? ›

The treaty prevents Ukraine and Russia from invading one another's country respectively, and declaring war. Due to the beginning of the Russo-Ukrainian War in 2014, Ukraine announced its intention not to renew the treaty in September 2018. The treaty consequently expired on 31 March 2019.

What is the Russian Federation? ›

The Russian Federation (Russia) is physically the largest country in the world, covering 6.6 million square miles and 11 time zones over its 6,000-mile length. Its population of about 141.7 million includes well over 100 ethnic groups, though the majority are ethnic Russians.

Why is Ukraine so important to the United States? ›

The United States reaffirms its unwavering support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, extending to its territorial waters. The U.S.-Ukraine relationship serves as a cornerstone for security, democracy, and human rights in Ukraine and the broader region.

What would happen if Russia and the US went to war? ›

Nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia would kill more than 5 billion people – just from starvation, study finds. The toll of nuclear war would be instantly catastrophic for those who are within the immediate path of the weapons. But a new study shows just how deadly the scope of such a war would be.

Does Japan still want Sakhalin? ›

Japan no longer claims any of Sakhalin, although it does still claim the southern Kuril Islands. Most Ainu on Sakhalin moved to Hokkaido, 43 kilometres (27 mi) to the south across the La Pérouse Strait, when the Japanese were displaced from the island in 1949.

Why is Kherson strategically important? ›

The Kherson region, which had a pre-war population of more than 1 million, lies on the Black Sea. Recapturing it would help Kyiv wrest back control of some of the coastline along a sea that is a critical artery for its food exports to foreign markets.

Is Kherson destroyed? ›

On 29 August 2022, a Ukrainian counteroffensive in the oblast began. The left bank of the Dniper and Kherson city were abandoned by Russian forces on 9 November 2022. Two days later, Ukrainian forces resumed control of the area.
Battle of Kherson
Units involved
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Why does Ukraine not have nuclear weapons? ›

Russian forces withdrew nuclear weapons and delivery systems from the Crimean peninsula after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, in the mid-1990s, with the exception of some nuclear-capable ships and submarines of the Black Sea Fleet stationed in accordance with agreements with Ukraine.

Why did Ukraine not join NATO before? ›

Ukraine applied to integrate with a NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP) in 2008. Plans for NATO membership were shelved by Ukraine following the 2010 presidential election in which Viktor Yanukovych, who preferred to keep the country non-aligned, was elected President.

Does Ukraine have nuclear weapons? ›

The warheads were removed from Ukraine by 1996 and disassembled in Russia. Despite Russia's subsequent and internationally disputed annexation of Crimea in 2014, Ukraine reaffirmed its 1994 decision to accede to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty as a non-nuclear-weapon state.

What is the old name of Russia? ›

In the Russian Tsardom, the word Russia replaced the old name Rus' in official documents, though the names Rus' and Russian land were still common and synonymous to it, and often appeared in the form Great Russia (Russian: Великая Россия), which is more typical of the 17th century, whereas the state was also known as ...

Which religion belongs to Russia? ›

Today Russian Orthodoxy is the country's largest religious denomination, representing more than half of all adherents. Organized religion was repressed by Soviet authorities for most of the 20th century, and the nonreligious still constitute more than one-fourth of the population.

Does Russia have good human rights? ›

Human rights in Russia have routinely been criticized by international organizations and independent domestic media outlets.

What Do ukrainians think of the USA? ›

According to documents uncovered during the United States diplomatic cables leak, American diplomats defend Ukrainian sovereignty in meetings with other diplomats. Ukrainians have generally viewed the U.S. positively, with 80% expressing a favorable view in 2002, and 60% in 2011.

What does Ukraine provide USA? ›

The United States and Ukraine have a bilateral investment treaty. U.S. exports to Ukraine include coal, machinery, vehicles, agricultural products, fish and seafood, and aircraft. U.S. imports from Ukraine include iron and steel, inorganic chemicals, oil, iron and steel products, aircraft, and agricultural products.

Why does the US want to protect Ukraine? ›

The United States, our allies, and our partners worldwide are united in support of Ukraine in response to Russia's premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified war against Ukraine.

What would happen if nuclear war between US and Russia? ›

A full-scale nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia would see global food systems obliterated and over 5 billion people die of hunger.

Would humans survive a nuclear war? ›

Nuclear weapons are deadly, and after an impact on a major city tens to hundreds of thousands would likely die. But the worst destruction, where the chances of survival are least likely, is confined to a "severe damage zone," Buddemeier said.

What would happen if a nuclear war started? ›

According to a peer-reviewed study published in the journal Nature Food in August 2022, a full-scale nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia would kill 360 million people directly and more than 5 billion people would die from starvation.

Why does Japan want the Kuril Islands? ›

The islands are known as the Northern Territories in Japan and the Southern Kurils in Russia. Japan's official position is that the islands -- home to rich fishing grounds -- are an inherent part of its territory and are under illegal occupation.

Why does Russia own the Kuril Islands? ›

In August 1945, in the final days of the Second World War, Russia took control of the sparsely populated islands and since then has considered the Kuril Islands to be part of the country.

Why does Japan claim the Kuril Islands? ›

In the 1875 Treaty of Saint Petersburg, Russia and Japan agreed that Japan would give up all rights to Sakhalin in exchange for Russia giving up all rights to the Kuril Islands in favor of Japan.

Why has Putin pulled out of Kherson? ›

Russia ordered the withdrawal on Wednesday after it said attempts to maintain its position and supply troops were “futile” in the face of a mounting Ukrainian counteroffensive. Putin proclaimed Kherson and three other regions of Ukraine as part of Russia in a triumphal ceremony at the Kremlin on September 30.

Is Kherson majority Russian? ›

As of Ukrainian National Census in 2001, the ethnic groups living within Kherson included: Ukrainians – 76.6% Russians – 20.0% Other – 3.4%

Who is controlling Kherson? ›

Russian control of Kherson

Moscow has ordered its forces to pull out from the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson. On March 2, Russia said Kherson city was under its control. By March 15, it declared that the entire region had been taken.

What is Kherson famous for? ›

Kherson, named after the ancient settlement of Chersonesus (west of what is now Sevastopol), was founded in 1778 as a fortress to protect the newly acquired Black Sea frontage of Russia, and it became the first Russian naval base and shipyard on the Black Sea.

Who controls Kherson International Airport? ›

Kherson airlines

Is Kherson liberated? ›

Crowds celebrate their city's liberation in Kherson, southern Ukraine, on Saturday, November 12, 2022. “It was a really hard time for everyone. Every Ukrainian family waited for our soldiers, for our army,” another Kherson resident told CNN on Saturday, recalling Russia's months-long occupation.

Can the US stop nukes? ›

A new study sponsored by the American Physical Society concludes that U.S. systems for intercepting intercontinental ballistic missiles cannot be relied on to counter even a limited nuclear strike and are unlikely to achieve reliability within the next 15 years.

Which country has the most powerful nuclear weapons? ›

Standard ones can have yields of 500 kilotons, 800 kilotons and even 1 megaton — equivalent to 1 million tons of TNT. Russia holds the record for the most powerful weapon ever exploded: In 1961, it tested a bomb of at least 50 megatons, nicknamed “Tsar Bomba” — or the ruler of all bombs.

Did Ukraine abandon nuclear weapons? ›

In 1992, Ukraine signed the Lisbon Protocol and it joined the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty as a non-nuclear weapon state in 1994. The transfer of all nuclear material took some time, but by 2001, all nuclear weapons had been transferred to Russia to be dismantled and all launch silos decommissioned.

Is NATO the strongest military alliance in the world? ›

The country with the second largest number of military personnel was Turkey, with just around 447,000 personnel. NATO, which was formed in 1949, is the most powerful military alliance in the world.

Why did Russia not join NATO? ›

The Russia–NATO relations started to deteriorate, following the Ukrainian Orange Revolution in 2004–05. In October 2021, following an incident in which NATO expelled eight Russian officials from its Brussels headquarters, Russia suspended its mission to NATO and ordered the closure of the NATO office in Moscow.

What is NATO doing to help Ukraine? ›

Individual NATO member countries are sending weapons, ammunition and many types of light and heavy military equipment, including anti-tank and air defence systems, howitzers and drones. To date, NATO Allies have provided billions of euros' worth of military equipment to Ukraine.

How would you survive a nuclear war? ›

In the event of a nuclear attack, you need to act quickly. In the event of a nuclear threat alert, immediately go to the nearest shelter and take your emergency suitcase with you. If you are not in an underground shelter, do not approach the windows, stay as far as possible from the outer walls and roof.

Which US cities would be targeted in a nuclear war? ›

The six most likely target cities in the US are as follows: New York, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. These countries will stay prepared to combat any type of nuclear attack shortly. The nuclear impact could destroy the city and this will lead to a disaster.

How can we prepare for nuclear war? ›

Make sure you have an Emergency Supply Kit for places you frequent and might have to stay for 24 hours. It should include bottled water, packaged foods, emergency medicines, a hand-crank or battery- powered radio to get information in case power is out, a flashlight, and extra batteries for essential items.

What was Russia called before 1922? ›

Before 1922, there were four independent Soviet Republics: the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, Byelorussian SSR, and Transcaucasian SFSR.

What US city has the highest Russian population? ›

New York metropolitan area

What was Russia called in 1922? ›

Soviet Russia covers 1917–1922 and Soviet Union covers the years 1922 to 1991.

What is the biggest religion in the world? ›

Adherents in 2020
Christianity2.382 billion31.11%
Islam1.907 billion24.9%
Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheist1.193 billion15.58%
Hinduism1.161 billion15.16%
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Which God is Worshipped in Russia? ›

Russia's main religion is Orthodox Christianity; however, other religions, such as Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and even Shamanism are professed as well. The second Russian religion by the percentage of the population is Islam, followed by Roman Catholicism and Judaism.

Are Russian Muslims? ›

Although Islam is a minority religion in Russia, Russia has the largest Muslim population in Europe. According to US Department of State in 2017, Muslims in Russia numbered 14 million or roughly 10% of the total population. According to a comprehensive survey conducted in 2012, Muslims were 6.5% of Russia's population.

Is eye contact important in Russia? ›

It is expected that you make eye contact whilst greeting as a sign of respect and trustworthiness. Some Russians may see you as untrustworthy if you laugh and joke too much, especially if you are discussing important matters.

What are women's rights in Russia? ›

The Constitution of Russia, adopted in 1993, guarantees equal rights for women and men. Even before that, the Bolshevik Revolution granted women's rights in Russia– including suffrage– in 1917. However, women are still fighting inequality in many sectors, including the professional realm.

Can asexual drive in Russia? ›

On December 29, the Russian government reportedly adopted an updated list of medical contraindications to driving which includes “personality disorders” as listed by the International Classification of Diseases Number 10 (ICD-10) including being transgender, bigender, asexual, and cross dressing.

Is Kherson controlled by Ukraine? ›

MARTIN: The city of Kherson has returned to Ukrainian control after nine months of occupation. Russian forces have abandoned the city. We wanted to understand how this news is being received in Russia, though, and what it could mean for the Kremlin's military campaign, so we've called NPR's Charles Maynes in Moscow.

Are the Russians still in Kherson? ›

According to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, fewer than 500,000 people, around 40% of the pre-war population, are still living in the region of Kherson. Most of them left the area in the early stages of the conflict, headed for the European Union or western Ukraine.

Is Kherson now Russia? ›

For now the big prize, Kherson itself, remains in the hands of Russia. Throughout the autumn, Russia has reinforced its positions there.

Is Kherson in Russia or Ukraine? ›

Just weeks ago Kherson region was annexed, illegally incorporated into the Russian Federation. Now about 10,000 square kilometers of land are back in Ukrainian hands, and Ukraine's accurate Western-supplied artillery is within range of Crimea.

Why is Russia pulling out of Kherson? ›

Russia ordered the withdrawal on Wednesday after it said attempts to maintain its position and supply troops were “futile” in the face of a mounting Ukrainian counteroffensive. Putin proclaimed Kherson and three other regions of Ukraine as part of Russia in a triumphal ceremony at the Kremlin on September 30.

What language do they speak in Kherson? ›


Are there a lot of Japanese in Russia? ›

As of October 2021, more than 2.2 thousand Japanese residents lived in Russia.

Are there Russians living in Japan? ›

Some of them settled in the Home Islands of Japan. Traditionally these refugees have been known as White Russians, with the corresponding Japanese term being Hakkei-Roshiajin, a term which has been applied to all former residents of the former Russian Empire.

How many Russian live in Japan? ›

According to the data in June 2021, there are currently 9,116 Russians living in Japan.

Is Kherson still occupied? ›

In November 2022, Ukrainian forces took back the city of Kherson. Following the loss of Kherson in November 2022, the Russian occupation force moved its temporary administrative centre to Henichesk, whilst retaining its claim to Kherson as the official capital.

Why is Kherson so important to Russia? ›

A vital Black Sea port and a gateway to Crimea, Kherson is important strategically. Moscow's forced withdrawal has added resonance because Kherson was the first major city to fall to Russian forces after the start of the invasion on Feb. 24.

Do Russians call Kyiv Kiev? ›

So Kyi's city became "Kyiv" in Ukrainian, whereas it became "Kiev" in Russian. "Some city names sound differently in Russian and in Ukrainian – say, Kharkiv is Kharkov in Russian; Lviv is Lvov in Russian," said Serguei Oushakine, a professor of Slavic languages and literature at Princeton University.

How much area captured by Russia in Ukraine? ›

Before 2022, Russia occupied 42,000 km2 (16,000 sq mi) of Ukrainian territory (Crimea, Donetsk, Luhansk), and occupied an additional 119,000 km2 (46,000 sq mi) in its full-scale invasion by March 2022, a total of 161,000 km2 (62,000 sq mi) or almost 27% of Ukraine's total territory.


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