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Russia-Ukraine war latest updates: Kremlin says Boris Johnson’s claim of Putin missile threat is false

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on allies to speed up deliveries of weapons to Ukraine amid Russian strikes after the United States and Germany announced they would send battle tanks. “Russia hopes to drag out the war, to exhaust our forces. So we have to make time our weapon,” Zelensky said in his nightly address. “We must speed up the events, speed up the supply and opening of new necessary weaponry options for Ukraine.”

The Kremlin denounced as false a claim by former British prime minister Boris Johnson that Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened to kill him with a missile strike on Britain in the run-up to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.

4. From our correspondents

Along a front-line river, this deadly road shows toll of Russia’s war: As Ukraine awaits new tanks from the United States and Europe and fighting rages over strategic towns in the east, a war of attrition is underway along the Dnieper River, write Siobhán O’Grady and Anastacia Galouchka. Russia controls the east bank, and Ukraine controls the west, with the river limiting territorial advances and permitting — for now at least — destruction only from a distance.

Washington Post journalists spent several days traveling along the Ukrainian-controlled main and back roads that connect the towns and villages along the river to see how civilians are surviving winter, frequently without gas or electricity. Often only the elderly are left, surviving on food handouts, without heat. Residents fear they could be killed at any moment, and still whisper of collaborators living among them.

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