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Bakhmut, Kyiv, and the other key Ukrainian cities and towns in Russia’s sights

There are signs Russia is preparing a new offensive – James Waterhouse in Kyiv looks at the targets.

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Ukraine war: Russia planning 24 February offensive, Ukrainian defence minister says

Ukraine’s defence minister says Russia has amassed some 500,000 men for an attack in the coming weeks.

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Russia in Africa: How disinformation operations target the continent

The man behind a new pro-Kremlin social media network tells the BBC he wants Africa to embrace Russia.

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Ukraine war: UN accuses Russia of breaking child protection rules over refugees

Moscow is accused of giving refugees Russian passports and allowing them to be adopted.

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Ukraine war: Auschwitz anniversary marked without Russia

Moscow accuses Poland of attempting to “rewrite history” after it is not invited to the event.

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German man arrested for allegedly passing intelligence to Russia

The suspect is believed to have been involved in a scheme to pass German intelligence to Russia.

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Russia orders Estonian ambassador to leave country

Moscow accuses Estonia of “total Russophobia” after Tallinn reduced its diplomat numbers.

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Ukraine war: Serbia uproar over Wagner mercenaries recruiting for Russia

A Russian news video showing Serbians being trained to fight in Ukraine prompts fury in Belgrade.

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Russia fires new waves of missiles at Ukraine and hits energy infrastructure

Several cities were attacked including Dnipro where an apartment block was hit, killing at least five people.

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Ukraine war: Russia set to capture Soledar and its vast tunnel network

The fall of the small town of Soledar would allow Russian troops to encircle the city of Bakhmut.

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Russia’s war drains Ukraine’s rich list of power

Ukraine’s billionaire oligarchs have lost money and influence because of the war.

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Ukraine war: Ballerinas fight culture war against Russia

The United Ukrainian Ballet represent the country’s cultural frontline against the Russian invasion.

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Steve Rosenberg in Moscow: Has the war changed Russia?

The BBC’s Steve Rosenberg takes to Moscow’s streets to see how the Ukraine war has changed Russia.

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Russia fires dozens of missiles at Ukrainian cities

Ukrainian officials say cities across the country are targeted in several waves of strikes.

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Russia bans oil sales to countries using price cap

The oil price cap, agreed by Western countries, aims to reduce Russian revenue for its war in Ukraine.

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Russia may send empty Soyuz to bring ISS crew home

The crew members may have to return to Earth early after their capsule started leaking.

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Ukraine war: Zelensky’s visit shows neither Ukraine nor US want peace, Russia says

Moscow accuses the US of fighting an indirect war with Russia as Ukraine’s leader visits Washington.

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Ukraine war: Russia not to blame for conflict – Putin

President Vladimir Putin claims he still continues to see Ukraine as a brotherly nation.

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Ice soldiers mark Russia’s very patriotic Christmas

A Siberian city is marking Christmas with ice statues of soldiers. But not all locals back the war.

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Hungary’s risky bet on Russia’s nuclear power

Russia’s war in Ukraine is making a new power station – the biggest single investment in Hungarian history – less likely by the day.

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Ukraine war: Body of Zambian student Lemekhani Nyirenda returned by Russia

Lemekhani Nyirenda was serving a nine-year prison sentence when he went off to fight for Russia.

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Ukraine war: US says Iran now Russia’s ‘top military backer’

Washington says it has seen reports that the countries are considering jointly producing drones.

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Paul Whelan: US and Russia to explore more prisoner swaps

President Joe Biden’s administration tells Paul Whelan, convicted of espionage, to “keep the faith”.

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Brittney Griner lands in US after prisoner swap with Russia

The basketball star returns home 10 months after she left the US to play the game in Russia.

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Kremlin critic Yashin jailed for 8 years for ‘fake news’ on Russia war

Prominent opposition figure Ilya Yashin gets more than eight years for discussing alleged war crimes.

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How the Brittney Griner prisoner swap with Russia was done

The US and Russia were willing to talk despite worsening relations – but there were limits to the deal.

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Ukraine war: Russia demands annexations recognised before talks

The Kremlin says the West’s refusal to recognise its seizure of Ukrainian land makes talks harder.

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Ukraine war: Kyiv displays dud nuclear-capable missile fired by Russia

Kyiv says the missiles were fired with non-explosive warheads to deplete Ukrainian air defences.

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Ukraine conflict: How much damage has Russia done to power supplies?

Russian air strikes have hit power supplies and health services, putting millions of lives at risk.

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Swedish brothers face trial on Russia spy charges

Two brothers are accused of selling state secrets to Moscow in a case “unlike any other in 20 years”.