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# Ukraine

1st December 2023
Ukrainian special forces reported to have ‘bombed two Russian trains' on Siberian railway
Ukrainian media has cited unidentified sources for the attack.
This week
26th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Garda investigation after masked man playing Irish rebel songs threatens Ukrainian refugees
A number of people are seen asking the man to leave the area, but he refuses to go and continues to shout at the premises.
Last week
19th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Kyiv hospital damaged by Russian barrage overnight, Ukraine says
Ukraine has been bracing for an increase in Russian attacks on critical infrastructure as sub-zero temperatures set in.
Shannon Airport not being used by US to facilitate Israel, Taoiseach says
Varadkar said there is a “double standard” in Europe and internationally when it comes to Israel’s actions in Gaza and Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
Ukrainian army says troops advancing at Dnipro river as drones target Kyiv
The army said it has pushed Russian forces back “three to eight kilometres” from the banks of the river.
Last month
November 2023
Ukraine reports increase in the number of Russian drone attacks overnight
Ukraine’s air force said it shot down 29 of the 38 Iranian-made Shahed drones, the most drones launched by Russia overnight since 30 September.
Ukraine forces report 'successful' operations on occupied Dnipro river bank
The waterway is the de facto frontline in the south of the country.
Ukrainian troops establish position on occupied bank of Dnipro river
A sustained Ukrainian breakthrough across the river would mark a significant tactical success for Kyiv.
Kyiv region comes under bombing attack after long period of relative calm
Two strong explosions were heard in central Kyiv this morning, with the attack coming after a long period of calm in the Ukrainian capital.
Hungary's Prime Minister says he will not support negotiations on Ukraine joining the EU
Viktor Orban said Ukraine was not in a position to begin talks on joining the trading bloc
EU executive recommends opening formal membership talks with Ukraine and Moldova
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy hailed the move as the “right step” for Europe.
Fresh appeal for people to offer unoccupied properties as temporary accommodation for Ukrainians
A tax-free recognition payment of €800 per month is available to anybody offering a room or property.
'Very traumatised' refugees not getting mental health support, experts warn
A lack of training and garda vetting is impacting refugees and other vulnerable groups, the Oireachtas mental health committee has heard.
Ukrainian missile strike on Crimea shipyard damages Russian vessel, military says
The Russian Defence Ministry said last night that Ukrainian forces fired 15 cruise missiles at the Zaliv shipyard in Kerch.
Zelenskyy says Russia targeted ten Ukrainian regions in overnight drone strikes
The Ukraine President said more than half of the drones ‘were shot down’.
Russia withdraws from nuclear test treaty as it denies 'stalemate' in Ukraine war
Putin also said last month he was “not ready to say” whether Russia would carry out live nuclear tests.
Ukraine says Russia shelled 118 settlements in the last 24 hours, more than any day so far
Officials said the overnight shelling in the northeastern Kharkiv region killed one person, and another was killed in the southern Kherson region.
October 2023
Time-limits on accommodation for Ukrainians will only apply to new arrivals, Tánaiste indicates
Providing education to children from Ukraine remains a key priority for Micheál Martin, he says.
Russia accuses Ukraine of playing a 'key role' in anti-Israel airport riot
Kyiv denounced the claim and said Moscow are trying to “shift responsibility” of the riot.
Concern that tented accommodation options for Ukrainian refugees are running out ahead of winter
The number of Ukrainians arriving into Ireland has returned to high figures of between 700 and 800 per week.
Varadkar says EU needs to double down on political, military and financial support for Ukraine
Yesterday, Slovakia announced that it was stopping military aid to the war-torn country.
Russia executing soldiers who fail to follow orders in Ukraine war, says US
The White House has released intelligence findings about Russian actions over the course of the war.
Taoiseach: 'It makes sense for Ireland to align Ukrainian supports with other EU countries'
Varadkar says Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys is currently assessing social welfare reforms.
Flight problem that stopped Tánaiste making coalition meeting was factor in Cabinet confusion
The leaders’ meetings were set up to ensure that there are no surprises the next morning at Cabinet.
Varadkar: 'No limit on the compassion of the Irish people ... there is a limit to our capacity'
Varadkar said reports of a coalition row on the issue of accommodation for Ukrainian refugees are “very much exaggerated”.
Russia's defence minister flies into embattled eastern Ukraine
Officials in Kyiv say Russian shelling wounded at least eight people in frontline regions on Monday night.
Government revisits idea of cutting social welfare supports for Ukrainian refugees
With 30% of Ukrainian refugees arriving into Ireland from other EU countries, government sources state social welfare supports are being assessed.
Govt examining evidence that Ukrainians arriving in Ireland are coming from other EU states, says Martin
A heated discussion took place at Cabinet on issues around Ukrainian supports.
Plan to impose time limit on State accommodation for Ukrainians deferred by coalition leaders
A senior source confirmed that it was decided that “more work” was needed on the specifics of social welfare.
Ukrainian officials say civilians were killed in Russian overnight attacks
Russian shelling over the past day also wounded one civilian in the frontline city of Avdiivka.
Biden requests over €100 billion for Israel, Ukraine and more after rare Oval Office address
Republican paralysis in Congress means the request hit an immediate wall.
Taoiseach: Ireland won't give Palestinian refugees the same protection as Ukrainians
The Taoiseach said Ukraine is “very much in our neighbourhood”.
'History will not judge us well': Children unsafe in Direct Provision, Ombudsman warns
Progress on improving conditions in Direct Provision has “stalled or regressed” in recent years, the Ombudsman for Children’s Office has said.
Progress on improving conditions in Direct Provision has "stalled or regressed", the Ombudsman for Children’s Office says
The OCO wants children in DP to receive vulnerability assessments, Órla Ryan reports
"Hotels and B&Bs are not suitable places for children to grow up," the new report notes
The plan to end Direct Provision by next year is being revised - what's next for the system?
Long-range missiles US supplied to Kyiv will only prolong the country's agony, Putin says
It had been a “mistake” for Washington to give Ukraine long-range ATACMS missiles, the Russian president said.
Putin in Kyrgyzstan for first trip abroad since International Criminal Court arrest warrant
Putin is wanted by the court over the deportation of Ukrainian children.
Ukraine identifies suspected informers in deadly strike that killed 50 people at a wake
Two men are suspected of jointly plotting high treason and deliberately collaborating with an aggressor state.
10-year-old boy and grandmother killed after Russian missiles hit eastern Ukraine
Multiple-storey buildings surrounding the debris-strewn blast site were scarred by the impact of two cruise missiles.
At least 51 people gathered for wake killed by Russian strike on eastern Ukrainian village
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who was attending a European summit in Spain, condemned the attack on social media.
A six-year-old child was among the victims.
A UN official said the images from the scene of the strike were "absolutely horrifying".
Footage published by the Ukrainian police showed a large area of rubble and bodies being taken away by emergency workers.
A city at war: Trauma, pride and a difficult defiance on the streets of Kyiv
A report by
Niall O'Connor
The Journal sent news correspondent Niall O’Connor to Ukraine this week to hear from Ukrainians and Irish people living in Kyiv.
The Irish living and working in the city are war crimes investigators, policing reform specialists and refugee aid workers.
The Irish footprint in Kyiv is a symbol of the country's soft power.
Tánaiste in Kyiv on wavering US support for Ukraine: 'Elections will always create challenges'
Tánaiste reaffirms Ireland's support for Ukraine and lays roses for fallen soldiers in Kyiv
'Get real': Tánaiste defends rifle training for Ukrainian soldiers, says it's 'non-lethal' aid
Martin said that the aid given by Ireland is ‘minor’ compared to the assistance given by other European countries.