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The latest developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. All times EDT:
2:04 a.m.: In its latest intelligence update, the U.K.’s defense ministry says Russia’s assault on Donbas has “lost momentum.”
“Despite small-scale initial advances, Russia has failed to achieve substantial territorial gains,” the update says. Russia’s losses have been considerable; the update says it’s likely lost a third of the ground combat force it committed in February.
Russia’s also dealing with low morale, equipment shortages and “reduced combat effectiveness,” the update says. “Under the current conditions, Russia is unlikely to dramatically accelerate its rate of advance over the next 30 days.”
1:11 a.m.: The members of the Eurovision Song Contest-winning Kalush Orchestra are ready to return to Ukraine and fight against Russia, Al Jazeera reports.
“We have a temporary authorisation to be here and it ends in two days and exactly in two days we are going to be back in Ukraine,” frontman Oleh Psiuk said. “It’s hard to say what exactly I am going to do, because this is the first time I win the Eurovision Song Contest, but like every Ukrainian, we are ready to fight as much as we can and go on until the end.”
12:02 a.m.: CNN reports that the Indian Embassy will return to Kyiv on Thursday. It had relocated to Warsaw in March amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Some information in this report came from The Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse.