Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 440

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Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 440

As the war enters its 440th day, we take a look at the main developments.

A Su-25 ground attack jet of the Ukrainian air force is seen on a mission over Donetsk region, Ukraine, as a serviceman looks at it flying by.
The Ukrainian air force on a mission over the Donetsk region, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine [Libkos/AP]

Published On 9 May 20239 May 2023

Here is the situation as it stands on Tuesday, May 9, 2023:



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Air raid alerts for Kyiv, two-thirds of Ukraine

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Russia launches air attacks on Ukraine ahead of key holiday

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Four killed in Russian air attacks ahead of Victory Day: Ukraine

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Photos: Hundreds evacuated from Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant area

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  • Kyiv’s mayor has said Russia fired 60 Iranian-made kamikaze drones, including 36 at Kyiv, all of which were shot down. However, debris has hit apartments and other buildings, killing at least four people.
  • More than 20 towns and villages have come under shelling in the central Zaporizhia region, the Ukrainian armed forces said in a statement. The southern city of Kherson and at least seven other centres in that region were also shelled, it said.
  • The Moscow-appointed governor of the Russian-controlled parts of the Zaporizhia region, Yevgeny Balitsky, said about 3,000 civilians have been evacuated from areas near the front line that had come under shelling.
  • Balitsky said that operations at the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, Europe’s largest, have been suspended, according to a report by the Russian state news agency TASS.
  • The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said there has been continued heavy fighting in Bakhmut and surrounding areas.
  • The head of the Wagner Group of mercenaries, Yevgeny Prigozhin, said his troops were beginning to receive ammunition needed to press their advance to capture the long-besieged eastern Ukrainian city.
  • The United Kingdom’s defence ministry said that Russia has begun targeting Central Asians to serve in the war in Ukraine.
  • The exiled Mariupol City Council said it has received reports that Russia had begun mobilising residents in the occupied southeastern city to serve in its army.

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