‘Surviving is a matter of luck’: Ukrainians living under fire in Kherson – video

Kherson was liberated by Ukrainian troops in November, when Russian forces evacuated across the Dnipro river. Since then, the residents of Kherson have been living under daily shelling by Russian troops. Luke Harding and Christopher Cherry report from Kherson as Ukraine braces itself for an anticipated spring offensive

Russian anti-war journalist reappears in Paris after fleeing house arrest in Russia – video

Marina Ovsyannikova, the former Russian state TV editor who famously interrupted a live news broadcast to protest against the start of the Ukraine war, has described her escape from house arrest in Moscow and how she fled across Europe to seek asylum in France. ‘We went in so many different directions I don’t even know what direction … Read more

Could western tanks be decisive in Ukraine? – podcast

Volodymyr Zelenskiy made an unannounced visit to London this week to rally support behind Ukraine before what is expected to be a major escalation in fighting in the coming weeks. He called on Britain to supply his forces with fighter jets to help defeat the Russian invasion. But while Rishi Sunak was non-committal on planes, … Read more

How Putin’s chef became the second-most powerful man in Russia – podcast

When Russia’s troops rolled into Ukraine last February it was with the strategy of quickly overthrowing the government in Kyiv and installing one more friendly to Vladimir Putin. It was, said the Russian president, a ‘special military operation’. But the operation failed and ever since more and more troops have been needed as the war … Read more

Putin’s ‘ambitions will not be realised’ in Ukraine, says James Cleverly – video

The foreign secretary has justified the supply of Challenger tanks to Ukraine, saying it was designed to bring the war to a quick conclusion and there was a moral imperative to end the war soon due to the casualties and cost. ‘We will not let [Putin] realise his ambitions and this is why I keep repeating this. … Read more

The week around the world in 20 pictures

Mitrovica, Kosovo A road barricade set up in the divided town. Serbian armed forces were on ‘the highest level’ of alert, said the defence minister, Miloš Vučević, highlighting the Balkan country’s increasingly strained relations with neighbouring Kosovo over recent shootings and blockades. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, but Belgrade has refused to recognise … Read more

The week around the world in 20 pictures

Lumajang, Indonesia People stand before Mount Semeru after a volcanic eruption at the village of Kajar Kuning. Mount Semeru erupted this week, spewing hot ash clouds a mile high and rivers of lava down its side, while sparking the evacuation of nearly 2,000 people one year after its last major eruption killed dozens Photograph: Juni … Read more