LIVE: Day 279 of Russian aggression against Ukraine

Ukrainian tank crew in the Donbas area, Ukraine. Photo: PAP/EPA

The war in Ukraine continues as more footage of the waste laid by the Russian invaders surfaces, including in Avidiivka, a town in the Russian-occupied region of Donetsk, where ransacked shops bleed desolation.

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European Union countries are inching towards a deal this week on a price cap on Russian oil, a way to adjust the cap in future, and on linking it to a package of new sanctions against Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine, diplomats said on Tuesday.

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NATO powers must take the political decision to send modern battle tanks to Ukraine to give them a military edge against invading Russian forces during the winter months, Lithuania's foreign minister said on Tuesday.

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Ukraine has detained a deputy head of newly liberated Kherson's city council on suspicion of aiding and abetting Russian occupation forces that seized control of the city in March, Ukraine's state prosecutor said on Tuesday.

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Poland is readying itself for a possible new wave of Ukrainian refugees, Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, has said.

"We have been preparing ourselves for a new, possible wave of refugees... and we want our system to be properly prepared so that the Polish taxpayer pays as little as possible," Morawiecki stated.

Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 8.05 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland and over 6.24 million people had left Poland for Ukraine.

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Sweden is on track to meet Turkey's requirements for accepting it and Finland as new members of NATO, Sweden's foreign minister Tobias Billström stated on Tuesday.

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NATO allies will ramp up aid for Ukraine as Russia continues to weaponise winter because its forces are failing on the battlefield, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday, according to agency reports.

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