LIVE: 127th day of Russian aggression against Ukraine

A plant damaged following a recent shelling, in the outskirts of Kharkiv. Photo: PAP/EPA

Russia pressed on with its offensive in eastern Ukraine after NATO branded Moscow the biggest "direct threat" to Western security and agreed plans to modernise Kyiv's beleaguered armed forces.

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Sweden will send more anti-tank weapons and machine guns to Ukraine, Sweden's Defence Ministry said on Thursday. The arms package, which also includes equipment for mine clearing, is valued at around USD 49 million.

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Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 4.43 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Thursday morning.

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Hundreds of Ukrainian troops have completed military training in Britain, including on the Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) the British government is supplying to help counter Russian artillery tactics.