Ukraine live briefing: Kyiv aims for February peace talks; front-line situation is ‘acute,’ Zelensky says

Ukraine is hoping to have a United Nations-backed peace summit by the end of February, roughly a year into the Russian invasion, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said. Meanwhile, Moscow’s top diplomat threatened an escalation by the Russian army if Ukraine does not concede to its demands to surrender land — and demilitarize what remains of its territory. The comments by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov came the same day Russian officials said a Ukrainian drone had reached deep within Russian territory, and as Moscow’s beleaguered military has lost significant ground to Ukrainian forces in recent months.

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

4. From our correspondents

Vadym Ustymenko, a member of a tank unit in Ukraine’s 25th Airborne Assault Brigade, described the difficulties of dealing with found tanks to The Post. “Those you could just start up or only needed a few minutes of work, you could count on one hand,” he said. “Those that needed some repair but would eventually run was another 30 percent probably. And the last 50 percent was junk that requires a whole lot of work.”

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