LIVE: 170th day of Russian aggression against Ukraine

Orthodox priest Andrii Halavin blesses the remains of unidentified people who were killed in the Bucha district at the time of the Russian occupation, during the mass burial at a cemetery in Bucha, northwest of Kyiv, Ukraine. Photo: EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

The 170th day of the Russian invasion dawns as prospects of tough winter prompt Ukrainian Minister of Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories Iryna Vereshchuk to state that about 200,000 more people need to be evacuated from the Donetsk region before the season comes.

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About 27% of Ukraine's territory will need to be cleared of mines and explosives, according to the latest estimates by the ecology ministry nearly six months since Russia began its invasion and bombardment of its neighbour.

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Ukraine's military said its artillery hit a Russian ammunition depot near a key bridge in the south on Friday and added it now had the ability to strike nearly all of Moscow's supply lines in the occupied region.

The military said the attack killed 11 Russian soldiers in the depot in the village of Vesele, about 80 miles (130 km) down the vast Dnipro river from the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

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The first Africa-bound grain ship since Russia's invasion of Ukraine docked in Pivdennyi port on Friday, Ukraine's infrastructure minister said.

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The European Space Agency (ESA) has begun preliminary technical discussions with Elon Musk's SpaceX that could lead to the temporary use of its launchers after the Ukraine conflict blocked Western access to Russia's Soyuz rockets.

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Ukraine's security agencies issued a joint statement on Friday calling for the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross to send representatives to locations where Russia is holding Ukrainian POWs.

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Marshall Island-flagged ship Star Laura left Ukraine's port of Yuzni with 60,000 tonnes of corn on board headed to Iran, the Turkish Defence Ministry reported.

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