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Russia-Ukraine war live: Three dead in Kharkiv region after Russian shelling; Chinese delegation meets top Ukraine official

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Ukrainian forces struggle to hold back enemy in Mariinka

Luke Harding

Luke Harding

At night, Sasha and his drone team go in search of the enemy. They set off in a dirt-covered vehicle towards the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariinka, occupied by Russia since December. They unload a large drone. And then they fly it in darkness across the frontline, above a ghostly landscape of fields and ruined houses, towards the twinkling city of Donetsk. The drone carries a deadly arsenal of six grenades.

Sasha, who uses the call sign “Tourist”, has bombed more than 100 pieces of Russian military equipment.

The list includes tanks, armoured fighting vehicles and self-propelled guns, as well as hidden ammunition dumps. Russian howitzers are another key target. Recently his special operations unit forestalled a large-scale attack. It spotted seven Russian tanks massed for a dawn raid and disabled two of them.

Despite these successes, Ukrainian forces are struggling to hold back the Russians in and around Mariinka and all across the Donbas region. After two years of full-scale war, and last summer’s failed Ukrainian counteroffensive, Moscow is on the move. Its troops captured the city of Avdiivka, next to Donetsk, the provincial capital held by the Kremlin since 2014. Russian reinforcements are taking further territory, village by shattered village.

“The Russians have more of everything. Tanks, artillery, human resources and planes,” Sasha admitted, speaking as he conducted a test flight with his bomb-carrying quadcopter.

In the distance, next to a slag heap, black smoke billowed into a white sky. He added:

“We have a lot less. And they prepared for this war for a long time. Unfortunately, we didn’t. We can only survive if the west steps up and gives us more weapons.”

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The team prepares the drone before training outside the frontline city of Kurakhove Photograph: Alessio Mamo/The Guardian

Zelenskiy to visit Turkey today

Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the Ukrainian president, is expected to visit Turkey today for talks with the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

A Turkish diplomatic source told Reuters that Turkey is expected to underscore its continued support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and “it is planned to convey that Turkey is continuing its efforts to end the war as soon as possible on the basis of negotiations.”

The meeting, set to take place this afternoon, will include discussion of a new regulation on the navigational safety of commercial ships between Russia and Ukraine, Reuters reported.

Chinese delegation meets senior Ukrainian official

Andriy Yermak, head of Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s office, has met with a delegation headed by Li Hui, the Chinese government’s special representative for Eurasian affairs.

Held a briefing on the security situation in 🇺🇦 and other topical issues for the delegation of the 🇨🇳 headed by Li Hui, Special Representative of the 🇨🇳 Government for Eurasian Affairs.

— Andriy Yermak (@AndriyYermak) March 8, 2024

Three dead in Kharkiv region due to Russian shelling, Ukrainian official says

Oleg Sinegubov, head of the Kharkiv regional military administration, said this morning that three people have been killed in the region.

About 18 settlements in the Kharkiv region were hit by Russian artillery and mortar attacks, he wrote in a social media post, adding that a 64-year old woman, a 58-year old man, and a 40 year old woman died.

Oleg Sinegubov, update March 8 Photograph: Facebook

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