What's been happening in Ukraine on Friday?

UK military intelligence says an entire Russian battalion was wiped out.

In Summary

•UK military intelligence says an entire Russian battalion was wiped out during a thwarted effort to establish a bridge over the Siversky Donets river in the eastern Donbas region
•The governor of the Luhansk region says his forces stopped three Russian efforts to lay down bridges on different days

If you're just joining us, here's a little recap of the latest events in Ukraine to bring you up to speed.

Russian bridge-building foiled

  • UK military intelligence says an entire Russian battalion was wiped out during a thwarted effort to establish a bridge over the Siversky Donets river in the eastern Donbas region
  • The governor of the Luhansk region says his forces stopped three Russian efforts to lay down bridges on different days
  • Ukraine claims it killed more than 1000 invading troops, but an analyst tells the BBC the true toll is probably much lower
  • The Kremlin is yet to comment on the alleged losses

Beyond the Donbas region

  • A Russian serviceman accused of killing an unarmed Ukrainian civilian has appeared in court in Kyiv - ahead of the conflict's first trial of a soldier accused of war crimes
  • Ukraine says 1.2 million people - including 200,000 children - have been deported from their country against their will since the fighting started - but the BBC's not been able to verify this
  • Ukrainians who've ended up in Russia during the conflict have described terrifying interrogations from border guards as they try to leave the country to enter Estonia

In diplomacy

  • The defence ministers of Russia and the US have spoken for the first time since Russia began its invasion - with the American side calling for an immediate ceasefire
  • The UK has announced new sanctions against the inner circle of Russia's President Putin - including his ex-wife and his alleged girlfriend
  • The EU has pledged another €500m (£425m) in military assistance for Ukraine
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