Ukraine-Russia live news: Ukraine presses for more anti-missile systems


Volodymyr Zelenskyy says there is no justification for delaying delivery of these weapons as global defence leaders prepare for talks on bolstering Ukraine’s army.

  • Ukraine’s forces are finding it more difficult to hold off Russian troops in the key eastern city of Severodonetsk, as Moscow’s army continues to pound the city with artillery, the governor of Luhansk says.
  • Russia has urged Ukrainian fighters sheltering in the Severodonetsk Azot chemical plant to surrender.
  • The Russian army claimed it would establish a humanitarian corridor to evacuate hundreds of civilians from the plant on Wednesday.
  • Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has urged the West to send more modern anti-missile systems.
  • US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is to lead a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday with dozens of defence ministers from NATO and other parts of the world to discuss weapons deliveries to Ukraine.
  • Nearly two-thirds of children in Ukraine have been uprooted, a UN official says, calling the war a “child rights crisis”.